Thursday, June 21, 2012

Teen Reviewer: Hangman's Curse

Hangman's Curse
By: Frank Peretti
Reviewer: Savannah Harris

Description from Goodreads:

The first in a new format of books targeted to tweens and teens, The Veritas Project: Hangman's Curse will keep readers enthralled. Frank Peretti introduces Nate Springfield, his wife Sarah, and their twin children Elijah and Elisha, who are part of the Veritas Project team. This group travels the country aiding the FBI and other organizations in breaking drug rings and solving mysteries. In Hangman's Curse, the family goes undercover at a small town high school - where a mysterious curse has turned several of the star football players into raving lunatics who can only be tied to their hospital beds while doctors are baffled by their symptoms. Elijah and Elisha must befriend the various cliques at school, and help their parents solve the mystery of Abel Frye (a name the sick kids mutter in their delirium).

This story could have come straight from the headlines about many schools around the country and will lead kids and young adults to an understanding of peer pressure and the pain that comes from being different. It is a riveting message on the wounded spirit that teens will never forget.

Savannah's Review:

Hello, my name is Savannah Harris and I am going to be writing a review for a book called The Hangman’s Curse by Frank Peretti.  In this review I will explain my thoughts about the book and why.  First of all, I want to clearly state that I fell in love with this book from the moment I started the first chapter.  I started reading at 1:32 pm and finished it at 6:00 pm that same evening.  When I started I blocked out every other noise and sound in my house and fell into a sort of “trance” that nobody could break me out of until I had finished.  I also noticed that this book was Christian-based which made me like it even more.  I felt like the author did a good job with a balance of Christian theme and a mix of mystery, adventure, and otherworldly beings.  I found that I could relate to the female character Elisha because she is very brave, strong in her beliefs, and if she thinks that something is wrong she will do her best to make it right. Overall it was a great book that I highly recommend and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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