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KIDSFIRST The Lonesome Trail Book Review

An historical fiction drama, The Lonesome Trail tales tells a captivating story about faith and history. This is definitely a must read.

The Lonesome Trail follows the story of Brent Carson, a preacher who moves to a small mining town to spread the word of God. Determined to promote acceptance and unity regardless of race and ethnicity, Brent teams up with the local teacher to help the new visitors feel welcome in their new home. However, their efforts are met with resistance from Mike McCray, the town's founder, who begins to scheme against them in a bid to push them out of the town. Brent must navigate through these challenges as he stands up for his beliefs and tries to bring the community together in the face of adversity.

The Lonesome Trail is a powerful and thought-provoking read. The Civil War was a turning point in American history, and the issues of faith and racism were central to the conflict. The Lonesome Trail effortlessly delves into these topics that shed light on the complex and painful legacy of racism in the United States. Author Arlette Thomas-Fletcher wrote this book with such sensitivity and empathy which makes this an easy and digestible read. You can tell this book is grounded in historical research and offers a nuanced and complex perspective on the issues it explores. The Lonesome Trail has the potential to be a valuable contribution to the ongoing conversation about race in America. The book is well written, but since it is written in the third person, I didn't feel greatly connected with the characters.

The message of The Lonesome Trail emphasizes the importance of standing up for one's beliefs, even in the face of opposition, and working towards a common goal of building a stronger and more united community.

I give The Lonesome Trail 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 18 plus adults. It is available now through online book retailers.

By Ashleigh C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 19

The most appealing thing about the book, The Lonesome Trail, is definitely the story. Also, if you are a fan of the Wild West or enjoy action this is the book for you. I really enjoyed the part when Jonah returns home after being away for so long. Something that makes this book suitable for a youth audience is the vocabulary, which is not too hard to read.


The storyline follows Elizabeth Turner, a teacher in the town of Red Springs. One day a new preacher comes to town and for Elizabeth, it is love at first sight. She immediately introduces herself to him and he does the same. When Preacher Brent Carson offers to walk Elizabeth back to the school house, another man in town, Mike McCray becomes furious and, from that day on, he tries to get Preacher Brent and all the other homesteaders out of Red Springs. McCray and his men repeatedly attempt to scare people off, but they choose to stay. Many years go by and no one leaves, but there continues to be trouble between Preacher Brent and Mike McCray.

The storyline flows very well; it doesn't change too big too fast. And, it doesn't get confusing at all. This book held my attention from start to finish. The buildings in the town and the people, as shown on the cover, look like they are from back in the day. The characters in this book portray many stereotypes; for example, the McCrays are mean and cruel while the Carsons are the complete opposite. The Carsons are peaceful to the McCrays, but the McCrays just don't like them. The problem in the book is when Mike McCray's son, Jonah leaves and betrays his family. He realizes how wrong he was and returns home.

The vocabulary and concepts are all suitable for its targeted age group of 12 to 18-year-olds. One special feature I noticed is the side bar, where you can scroll through different chapters and pages.

The book has lots of entertainment elements -- the first one is the storyline itself. Another thing that is entertaining are the pictures for each chapter. The book may make kids want to read more books like this, helping with their education.

I give The Lonesome Trail 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. It is available now at online retailers.

By Gavin S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11


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KIDSFIRST Giving God's Love To Others Book Review

Giving God’s Love To Others: How To Show Christian Love Behavior is an excellent resource that, as a Christian, I found valuable. The author’s use of relatable language, clear scriptural references, and practical examples makes this book a practical tool for anyone who desires to live a life that reflects the love of God.

This book provides excellent guidance on how to show the love of God through their behavior. Author Arlette-Thomas-Fletcher skillfully highlights the importance of reflecting God’s love in our actions and reactions towards others, emphasizing that it is not enough to know the right scriptures, but we also should live them out in our daily lives.

The book is well-written and easy to understand, making it an excellent resource for both seasoned Christians and new believers alike. Ms. Thomas-Fletcher uses relevant examples and anecdotes to drive home the message that showing love is a deliberate action that requires intentionality and mindfulness. The book also provides clear scriptural references that serve as a roadmap for those who desire to walk in love. The book also does not shy away from addressing the common pitfalls that Christians encounter.

The message of this book is that love should be at the core of every Christian’s life and it should be reflected in their behavior.

I give Giving God’s Love to Others: How to Show Christian Love Behavior 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. It is available now at online booksellers, so check it out.

Giving God’s Love To Others: How To Show Christian Love Behavior
By Eunnet C., KIDS FIRST!

Giving God’s Love To Others: How To Show Christian Love Behavior is a simple book, but detailed enough for someone to understand and reflect on ways of giving a Christian type of love to others. It’s suitable for kids because they can easy understand the content and it even includes pictures that most will find entertaining.

Giving God’s Love To Others shows ways in which Christians can properly spread the type of love that God wants us to have. It includes Bible verses Bible and stories that help you to further understand the topic and also grasp your attention.

The book begins by discussing the history of how the book came into being. As Christians we might unintentionally act against our way of truth in spreading love. The various Bible verses help reinforce the concept of love and how to properly obtain it at your own pace. It gives a clear explanation on what love is and how to achieve it. The Bible verses help you stay on track. The story line flows well from the beginning and held my interest from the very first page to the last page. I like that there even is a place to write your thoughts or to journal your thoughts at the end. I read it as an E-book and it doesn’t have any special features; however its table of content is quite useful. Its educational impact is in helping someone understand the importance of giving Christian love and how to even achieve that. Readers will clearly take away an understanding of how to show love to those around them and will be able to recognize and remove any bad behavior they might have in spreading love.

The book’s message is about what love is and the different types of love a Christian is meant to portray.

I give Giving God’s Love To Others: How To Show Christian Love Behavior 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to18, plus adults. It is available now through online booksellers.

Giving God's Love To Others 

Planning Your Dreams (For Teens)

Teen's Planning Dreams Book

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KIDSFIRST Planning Your Dreams (For Teens) Book Review

The insightful book, Planning Your Dreams, is a valuable resource for teens seeking guidance in mapping out their future careers. With practical advice and a clear strategy, it empowers young readers to make their dreams a reality. The author presents compelling reasons explaining why planning for a successful career is essential, capturing the concerns and pressures many young people face in choosing the right path. By addressing these concerns head-on, the book immediately connects with its intended audience.

Planning Your Dreams provides a concise overview of the book's intent. It emphasizes the importance of starting career planning early and highlights the benefits of doing so. While it doesn't delve into every detail, it offers enough information to spark curiosity and encourage readers to explore the strategies presented.

One of the book's strengths lies in its relatable examples and personal anecdotes. The author introduces the concept of understanding dreams and aligning them with career choices. The book goes beyond conventional advice, encouraging readers to identify their passions and translate them into viable career options. The book also addresses various aspects of career planning, such as mapping out goals and developing a strategic plan. The author's guidance on these topics is clear and practical, providing readers with actionable steps to follow. Planning Your Dreams carries a positive and uplifting message, emphasizing the importance of pursuing fulfilling careers that align with one's passions. It successfully motivates readers to take action and offers a realistic approach to achieving their dreams. The book is entirely suitable for its target audience. It promotes positive social behavior by encouraging self-reflection and personal growth.

I give Planning Your Dreams 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, as it specifically targets teenagers who are navigating career choices. However, adults who are seeking career guidance may also find it insightful and beneficial. You can purchase the book online at various bookselling platforms or directly from the author's website.

By Ashleigh C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 19

Planning your Dreams is very inspirational. What I like most about this book is how the author uses pictures at the start of every chapter.

This book is about having dreams, and planning them. It teaches you the steps to take toward achieving your goals and, gives you options if you do not achieve your goals.

This book teaches the reader many skills they could use in life to find a job and be successful in life. I like how it gives you steps towards achieving your goal and teaches kids to have an entrepreneur mind set, even at a young age. It reminds you that if you do what you love, you won't have to work a single day in your life. It gives options of jobs for certain interests and encourages people to try new things and find new interests. I like how it emphasizes that it's okay to fail and that, even if you don't have the talent to do something, it doesn't mean you can't do it -- you can always get trained. The book flows very well. Plus, I like how it teaches you what to do if you fail to achieve your goals. The vocabulary is definitely suitable for kids as well as adults. The illustrations are bright and colorful. One special feature I like is the sidebar where you can scroll through different chapters and pages. Another practical thing is that it has pages where you can write down your own goals and the steps needed to achieve them.

The book's message is that if you know what you want to do in life you have to work hard.

I give Planning your Dreams 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18. It is available online at many online retailers.

By Gavin S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

The book Planning Your Dreams is super educational and beneficial for teenagers. It focuses on thinking ahead and what you want to do with your life to make you happy and fulfilled.

Planning Your Dreams focuses on thinking ahead in your life and finding things you're passionate about and ways you can turn them into careers. It looks at finding things that combine your skills and your interests.

If you're concerned about your future or feeling unsure about what you want to do after high school, there are many ways you can prepare for life beyond your teenage years. This book examines ways to turn hobbies into careers, and how to turn dreams into reality by setting goals and making plans. It explains how to have a career that truly makes you feel fulfilled. The entire book is based on how to plan your life in a rewarding way. This is a useful thing for kids to know and think about. Plus, it has great information about careers and jobs. The author has a spectacular way of talking about things that kids love doing such as playing video games or exploring nature and turning them into exciting careers. It can help even the laziest kids think ahead in life. All this is important for teenagers to learn and will help them think about careers they might want to pursue in the future.

The book reminds us that it's never too early to think about what you want to do with your life, and there are many careers that can focus on your passions.

I give Planning Your Dreams 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. You can find it online at book retailers.

By Kendall B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12


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