King of Tennessee by David Alan Shorts: Book Review, Tour, and Giveaway with Celebrate Lit.
About the Book
Book: King of Tennessee
Author: David Alan Shorts
Genre: YA/Teen Fiction
Release Date: July, 2020
It was an ordinary day in Tabersville, Tennessee, until nearly everyone in town disappeared. Middle-school trouble maker, Stewart Rainquest, soon turns this nightmare into a dream come true as he sets about living like a king in his small southern town. Things take a turn for the worse as members of the biker gang Stewart idolizes commit murder before his eyes. While doing his best to keep his distance from the killers, Stewart learns how to drive a car and meets Gina, a high school student battling cancer. Their friendship leads them through wild adventures, but only time will tell if Stewart will learn the truth about what happened to everyone in his town.
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What might happen if a twelve-year-old punk got left behind during the rapture?
A possible answer to that question can be found in King of Tennessee.
I love how Stewart is portrayed throughout the book. He’s opinionated and honest and tells you exactly what he things. Occasionally, he speaks almost directly to the reader, and that type of one-on-one interactions helped bring the reader along with his story.
This post-rapture story is one I wouldn’t mind letting my kids read. There’s honest truth and a bit of painful reality, but it’s told in a way that isn’t so scary kids will be closing the book and refusing to read to the end.
The truth is scary, don’t get me wrong, but not everyone needs their socks scared off in order to believe.
It’s Left Behind for young adults.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
David Alan Shorts has a passion to teach kids things which matter for a lifetime, rather than just the next test or Sunday School lesson. He has written many books, short stories, and magazine articles, along with musicals, plays, and songs. His three children keep him busy and constantly evaluating life through the eyes of youth. He has taught music to thousands of kids in Northern California for more than twenty years. When he’s not doing what matters most, he enjoys flying model airplanes and working out.
More from David
My son and I had just finished watching a Mad Max movie when a conversation began about post-apocalyptic movies and what the Bible has to say. The Apocalypse is real and is described in some detail in the Bible. So, why aren’t all apocalyptic stories told from a Christian world view? That was when I began creating King of Tennessee as an attempt to give depth in today’s contemporary post-apocalyptic stories. It combines action and adventure while still keeping the life-changing message of God’s salvation in the novel.
I would like this to be the book the makes “apocalyptic” a Christian word again. This can be the book that gives some kids a second thought about God, when they might have dismissed Him as meaningless otherwise.
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To celebrate his tour, David is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and signed copy of the book!!