Star Passage is a good first book in a new teen series

| August 12, 2016 | Comments (0)

Star-Passage-Cover-web-259x240It seems like many families are trying to squeeze in one more summer trip before school starts. Whenever we spend more than a couple of hours in the car, we have our girls bring multiple things to keep them busy. Recently we were invited to review a new book entitled Star Passage:  The Relic.  Our middle school daughters brought the book on a road trip, sharing it and talking about it as we drove. If you are heading out soon, it’s worth adding Star Passage:  The Relic to your packing list.

Award-winning storyteller Clark Rich Burbidge is out with the first book in his new series. Star Passage:  The Relic, is part fantasy, part current events, part time travel, part history lesson. It all wraps up in a highly-readable and enjoyable novel that allows the teenagers Tim and Martie Carson to save their family. It’s an empowering story that tells its tale through clues the reader can follow. What make the story work is the close attention to detail. In his acknowledgements, Burbidge notes, “Getting detail and terminology right is important to the credibility of any work.” With this Star Passage, he certainly does get the details right. He also provides a “Reader’s Aids” page at the books’ end for those who need a primer on Orion’s belt stars.

What’s nice about this novel is it share so many lessons in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. When you are writing for young adults, you have to remember that they still need guidance, although they loathe the idea that anyone can teach them anything. Star Passage provides lessons about what is really important and how to get there. One of the main characters struggles with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Given the number of soldiers returning from combat, people with PTSD is something middle school and young adults will encounter for a long time. The book provides comfort for those who might think they have to endure PTSD alone.

The relic in the book is the device that takes Tim and Martie on their adventures. Of course, any relic that has been used throughout the ages for questionable purposes comes without its own haunted history. This was the part our girls enjoyed the most. They totally bought into the idea that a seemingly ordinary object can have special powers. It fed their imagination and allowed them to go on the adventures with Tim and Martie.

The author’s Christian faith is interwoven throughout the story. It started an interesting conversation with our girls about what we know and what we think we know about faith. At one point Tim and Martie help a couple out of a desperate situation. The couple tells the teens that the two of them are angels sent by God. Our girls wondered if some of the things people think of as miracles might be time travelers working instead. I’m pretty sure this wasn’t what Burbidge had in mind when he wrote these passages, but as a parent, it is interesting to see how our a new story encourages our girls to develop their critical thinking skills.

Shari writes about life with twins at Two Times The Fun. Image courtesy of Deep River Books.

 

Disclosure:  We did receive a review copy. All words and opinions are my own.

 

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About Shari: Shari is a mom, wife, marketing communications professional, gardener, Chicago Blackhawks fan, college sports fan, traveler, quilter, community volunteer, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, Siberian Husky owner, Girl Scout troop leader and book lover. You can find Shari blogging about life with twins at Two Times the Fun and tweeting @slcs48n1. View author profile.

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