Friday, August 12, 2011

When the Lights Go Out

Author: Max Elliot Anderson
Publisher: Comfort Publishing
August 2011
ISBN: 978-1-936695-47-8
Genre: Inspirational/tweener

Peyton Aldrich’s father is an Army colonel, specializing in Army intelligence. His work is top-secret, so he can’t even discuss it with his own family. Nevertheless, Peyton idolizes his father and someday wants to be a Ranger, just like his dad.

When Peyton was out wandering around, he met two other boys his age and they agree to pretend to be Rangers in training. Since Peyton knows a little about it, he becomes the leader. But then they overhear some top-secret plans—and they may be forced to go on high alert to save the base, and Peyton’s dad’s job.

WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT is the latest in Max Elliot Anderson’s books for reluctant readers and it’s just as exciting as the first. This particular book is commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9-1-1, when terrorists attacked America, killing thousands of people. Children need to remember this event, and remember that they can be instrumental in protecting America from this happening again.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book – and all of Mr. Anderson’s books, as has my son. Thanks to Mr. Anderson, my son went from being a very reluctant reader, but when he read the first book he was hooked, and has read every one of his books to date. He still reads Mr. Anderson’s books, even though he’s now in college. (He also reads Ted Dekker, so that says something about the excitement level of these books!)
If you are looking for a book for your reluctant reader then WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT or any of Mr. Anderson’s books will be excellent to pick up. Highly recommended. $13.99. 163 pages.

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