Monday, June 30, 2008

Wildcats in the House

Authors: Steve Russo and Gabi Russo
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
August 2007
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0456-2
Genre: Inspirational/nonfiction

High School Musical is a wildly popular movie among the tweener set, with it’s energetic dances and toe-tapping tunes. And most viewers had their favorite characters in the movie.

However, Mr. Russo maintains that there is more than just dances and songs to learn from the movie. It addresses such valuable lessons as peer pressure, being yourself, acceptance, and teamwork. It also shows you what the Bible has to say about each of these situations.

I have never seen the movie High School Musical, but it is on my tweener daughter’s wish list with Netflix. I did enjoy reading WILDCATS IN THE HOUSE although the movie references were not important to me, but the applications in each lesson were truly valuable. For instance, in the first chapter, Take a Chance, the authors talk about how people are always afraid to try something new, and they illustrate it by telling how Troy and Gabriella (stars of the movie) meet, how they took a chance, and it led to a good thing. The authors say that you have to try something to know whether you like it or not, which is true, whether it be from unusual foods, to situations you may find yourself in. Sometimes, you have to go outside your comfort zone. At the end of each chapter also gives suggestions on how the reader can utilize the information they read in each chapter.

I think WILDCATS IN THE HOUSE is excellent reading for tweeners, but they might want to see the movie High School Musical first so they can understand all the references to the movie. The message is clear: Don’t be afraid to be the person God created you to be. $10.99. 139 pages.

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