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Penelope Anne Cole has taught at every grade level,K to 12 and community college. She enjoys writing children’s stories to be read aloud. “Reading to children is the best way to help them love literature.” When not writing or reviewing children’s books, Ms. Cole enjoys dog walking, reading, gardening, church, and choir activities. Ms. Cole is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a member of the California Writers Club (Fremont Area Writers and South Bay Writers), and is a Reading Therapist with Read America. Ms. Cole reviews books at

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Her website is www.penelopeannecole.com

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Wilderness Warriors by Colleen L. Reece


Wilderness Warriors, by Colleen Reece, is an intense story of self-discovery and sticking to your values, even when it means deep sacrifices.  This is a good book for any family struggling with problem teens, drifting away from their faith, and losing family closeness.  It’s especially moving because it’s based on a true story.  This story completely gripped me – I read it in one sitting.
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The Clarks are a Christian family in our complex present day.  They’ve let things  and status get them sidetracked.  When their two teens, Ty and Caitlin, get into trouble at school, Mom and Dad decide they need to do something drastic to get “back to basics” -- back to what is most important and meaningful in their lives.  They let their kids stew, wondering what the consequences will be for their transgressions. 

Mom and Dad leave their jobs and lease their house in Vancouver, WA.  They rent a rustic log house in the mountains of Eastern Oregon with no close neighbors.  The kids have real chores.  They chop wood for the wood cook stove and fireplace, pump water from a well, care for the cow and chickens, clean out the barn and coop, cook and bake on the wood stove, and even hand-make family Christmas gifts.  The kids are home schooled.  No electricity means no computers, iPod, TV, or radio.  And, no indoor plumbing means no toilet or shower inside the house.

They return to evening family devotionals and attend a country church till the roads get snowed in.  There are winter sports (sledding, ice skating, hiking in snowshoes, etc.).  There are wild animals, an illness, and an accident.  This is truly a " wilderness survival” story.  

The parents help their family get back on track with God.  Their kids learn what's truly meaningful in life.  It's a good book to show teens the love of family, the importance of truth telling, and the impact of decisions.  It shows why developing strong personal values are vitally necessary for a solid foundation in life.  

If you loved Brian’s Saga:  Hatchet, The River, Brian’s Winter, Brian's Return, and Brian’s Hunt by Gary Paulsen, you will enjoy this story.  I highly recommend it.

10 comments:

  1. Sounds great, Penelope. I'm especially drawn to the Eastern Oregon location. Thanks for your review, I'll have to pick up a copy for my kids. (and me!)

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  2. Thanks, Kai, it's a good one that teaches without being "preachy." Seeing the teens grow and the family become closer is great.

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  3. Sounds like a wonderful book Penelope. Great review!

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    1. Thanks very much, Susan. I always appreciate your comments.

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  4. Looks interesting, Penelope. Thanks for the review.

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    1. Hi Barbara, thanks for your comments. I didn't read the blub first, so didn't know exactly how the wilderness theme would play in the story. It's a good story.

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  5. Sounds like a good book. I'll read it soon.

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    1. Hi Jan, I know you'll enjoy it. Thanks for visiting and thanks for your comments.

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  6. Excellent reveiw, Penelope. You sure know how to motivate me (and others) to read a book!

    Melissa Abramovitz

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    1. It's easy when it's such a good book. Thanks so much for your kind comments.

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