Young Adult Books
Bringing to life times, places and the people who live in them
What readers are saying about The Wooden Ox:
The Wooden Ox is rich in detail, dialogue, and the thoughts and questions . . . Powerful and captivating, both for adults as well as for middle schoolers and teens.
--Christian Library Journal
The Wooden Ox is realistic, tightly plotted and does not back down from the hard questions of the Christian faith. Although intended for a young adult audience, older readers would enjoy as well.
--Sharon Dunn, author of
Cow Crimes and the Mustang Menace.
...a story which will linger in one's memory and give insight into the experiences reported in the daily news as well as reminding readers of what faces many missionaries in Africa during these unsettled times.
What readers are saying about Keeping Secrets:
Keeping Secrets is courageous, raw, honest, and real. Perhaps it should come with a warning. “Consume at your own risk!” Daring to voice the shame, stigma, and discrimination faced by millions of children in sub-Saharan Africa who have lost one or both parents to AIDS, LeAnne Hardy is not afraid to sadden, convict, and cry out for justice. This is not just a story for young adults, but for educators, advocates and all adults wrestling with whether to tell, or not to tell.
--Diane Marshall SIM Deputy International Director, HIV&AIDS Consultant
Be prepared to have your heart broken, your preconceptions or even misconceptions shattered, your eyes opened and hopefully, your mind changed. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a fictional account that got me so angry, so hurt, so concerned, so passionate about it’s characters and what was happening to them.
--Kevin Sorenson, pastor and blogger
What readers are saying about Crossovers:
...a fast-paced coming of age story with something for everyone--sports, gender clashes, friendship issues, family relationships, a satisfying ending, and plenty of action.... This isn't a story about skating. It's a story about pursuing your passion against all kinds of personal and societal obstacles.
Crossovers was a great story that went way beyond sports. And the themes and issues were a lot more important than the typical washed up coach helps the underdog team overcome all odds and go on to win the championship heartwarming story that I'm a little tired of.... I really appreciated the deft way Ms. Hardy weaves in Christian values is such a natural way.
--Deborah Heal, author of Unclaimed Legacy
Kids will enjoy reading Crossovers whether they are skaters or not.
--Alan Westberg, past Minnesota Youth Hockey Association president
...a well-written story certain to inspire anyone reading it to be true to himself and accept the differences we find in each other.
--Barbara Blakey, author of Bertie’s War.
What readers are saying about Between Two Worlds:
... entertaining, inspiring, and encouraging.
--Author's Choice Book Reviews
When I read this book I felt like I re-lived some of my own transitions to the U.S. as a fellow Missionary Kid from Brazil. It spoke truth about both the joys and the frustrations that comes from being bi-cultural. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is an MK or cares about MKs and their lives. Enjoy!
--Kara Suzanne, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil