Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Book Review: Out of the Blue by S.L. Rottman

Book received at no charge to facilitate review.

With his mother's new promotion, Stuart Ballentyne faces yet another move. He and his mother head off to Minot, North Dakota where his mother will take command of the Air Force base. Though they have moved a lot, this move challenges Stu in ways which he has never experienced.

While his eight year-old neighbor, Billy, tries to befriend him, Stu notices odd things about the situation across the street and wonders about his young neighbor. Unfortunately, his older brother started college and did not make the move with them, nor did his father. This leaves no one for Stu to confide in about his suspicions. Instead, Stu keeps tries not to meddle. When he does finally intervene, it is not without serious consequences.

Stu's helplessness at what he witnesses leaves a gripping reminder that abuse can happen anywhere. The realistic look on the effects of deployment on the family and community will hit a chord to any teen who has a parent in the military. A strong plot-driven novel with a powerful social message recommended for the teen reader.

Rating:  Recommended ★★★★☆

Publishing Information
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers  (Reprint March 2014)
Pages: 288
ISBN 13- 978-1561457861
Ages: 12 and up

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