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  • Posted December 19, 2013

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    From the author of Jerk, California comes Aldo's Fantastical Mov

    From the author of Jerk, California comes Aldo's Fantastical Movie Palace. Jonathan Friesen has written a book about two damaged kids; Chloe who has facial scars on her hands and neck and Nick who is blind. The story takes the two main characters into an enchanted "story" where each is confronted with their own darkness. Both kids learn that their "baggage" isn't all that heavy and they learn to focus on love and life instead. It's a book about self-discovery, healing and acceptance.

    Right off, this is a Zondervan (Christian publisher) release, so you must expect some element of Jesus or the gospel on some level - other times their works are just clean- wholesome reading that tech well learned morality.  Also's read like almost a "Young Adult Pilgrim's Progress" in that it followed a character through a land of wonder - where they met fantasy-like characters - carried their "sin" (baggage) faced elements of good and evil and in the end learned about redemption and rebirth.

    Granted the Christian themes are not as "blatant" in Aldo's as they are in Pilgrim's Progress but they are still there.

    I would recommend this book to a slightly older reader - there are elements of danger, excitement and some of the characters in the book die.

    Thank you to Zondervan & Zonderkidz for this advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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