by Robin Norris Brown
Artist: Eppie Bailey
Interesting read ... Recommended
... 5 stars
"Neon Pathway" is a
book having nine chapters for middle grade age kids. The book
is begun with a pair of young people setting out on their own
for three weeks. Chapter 1-road to decisions finds brother and
sister Jake and Nan deciding to follow different paths. Chapter
2-the plain path is the path taken by Nan. It is where she discovers
both a book and a friend. Chapter 3-the neon pathway is where
Jake decides to travel is filled with worldly excitement and
'friends' and 'family'. Chapter 4-the meeting place finds Nan
and Jake exchanging notes about how their separate trek is going.
Chapter 5-trials and tribulations is the one in which Nan wonders
if she has made the right decision. Chapter 6-consequences finds
Jake facing the predictable outcome of his chosen path. Chapter
7-battling the darkness and Nan is facing her problems with the
help of her new friend. Chapter 8-the moment of decision. Jake
is sinking in quick sand. Now is the time for him to make a decision
to continue the neon path he first chose, or to join Nan and
walk along the plain one. Chapter 9-free to choose, Jake is free
to choose Jesus and the plain path to the father's house, or
he can choose to remain as he is. The book closes with questions
for review and verse answers
Writer Brown presents a PDF copy
of "Neon Pathway" for review. The work is geared for
kids in the middle grades, beginning teens age group. Chapters
are kept short, to the point and completed with a follow up of
Bible teaching. Kids in the 9-14 age group are not likely to
sit down and read through a thick, heavy tome, the format used
by author Brown is a good one for this age group.
Language used by writer Brown
in "Neon Pathway" is straightforward, within the realm
of understanding of the target reader and is presented in a good
forthright manner. Often this type of work comes off as 'preachy'
write Brown was able to keep away from this pitfall.
"Neon Pathway" is a
book parents and church youth leaders should find useful when
working with kids who are beginning to 'stretch their wings'
and begin to step out into the world on their own.
Read to ages 3-6, Read alone ages 6-9