hear no evil by mary l. hamilton

Genre: Middle-grade contemporary

Kind of like an episode of The Love Boat except you’re at Christian Camp and the love interest is God. 🙂

Premise: 

Brady’s mom drops him off at a Christian camp where he knows absolutely no one, including God. As she’s leaving, she drops a bomb on him. He’s not welcome to come back home, and the father who has been absent in his life since he walked out the door years ago is coming to get him at the end of the week. Ouch.

Theology: Tons

The church camp is a great and believable setting. While there’s a lot of theology in the book–forgiveness, the difference between knowing God and having a relationship with God, trusting God when your earthly parents aren’t trustworthy–it’s wrapped up in lessons from the camp sermons but filtered through the lens of a 13-year old boy. It’s a nice dose of Christianity, even evangelism, without being too in-your-face for young readers, although non-Christians might think it’s too much.

Rating: G

Good clean fun, no language issues, no kissing, although the background to Brady’s mom’s motivations deals with real world adult issues that some younger readers may be oblivious to.

Writing:

Well written, well woven. The story sucks you in and floats you along. You really feel for the main character, Brady. I shed a tear for him. (I’m a crier though).

Star rating: *****

Hear No Evil is perfect for its intended audience of 8-12 year olds and is a strong enough story that parents can enjoy it along with their children.

Hear No Evil is available for pre-orders. Release date: November 5, 2013.

Did you go to Christian camp as a teen? If so, where and what was your most memorable experience?

One thought on “hear no evil by mary l. hamilton

  1. Wow – what a topic for a middle-grade book. But I like it – too often media tries to gloss over serious issues with children. And they feel everything so strongly. My Christian camp experiences were week-long trips to Teen Valley Ranch in NC with the youth group in 6th and 7th grade. And then working as a C.I.T. (counselor in training) for a few weeks every summer at Camp Victory in Al. I think I was a full-fledged counselor only once, for a weekend retreat. I loved working at the Christian camp but I know my experience was a lot different than it would have been as a camper. My favorite experiences was when I got to help out at winter retreats – we would wash the dishes, clean the dining hall, man the snack booth – and then get to hang out in a nicer cabin and watch movies, raid the kitchen for leftovers, hang out with the older staff and college kids working there.

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