Fool's Gold: Color Me Consumed


Hannah Johnson is pretty happy as a missionary kid in Papua New Guinea. But when she visits her cousin Vanessa for a summer in America, everything changes.

Vanessa and her friends try to catch Hannah up on all the latest fashions, but in the end, Hannah feels hopeless. She doesn't think she'll ever be able to keep up with the rich girls—but that doesn't stop her from trying.

In the process, Hannah is forced ...

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Hannah Johnson is pretty happy as a missionary kid in Papua New Guinea. But when she visits her cousin Vanessa for a summer in America, everything changes.

Vanessa and her friends try to catch Hannah up on all the latest fashions, but in the end, Hannah feels hopeless. She doesn't think she'll ever be able to keep up with the rich girls—but that doesn't stop her from trying.

In the process, Hannah is forced to come to grips with what she values most: beauty on the inside or beauty on the outside.

The sixth book in the teen fiction series TrueColors, Fool's Gold deals with identity, materialism, values, and money. Includes discussion questions. Tyndale House Publishers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576835340
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/30/2005
  • Series: TrueColors Series , #6
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 978,731
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

MELODY CARLSON is the best-selling author of more than one hundred books, including young adult favorites Dark Blue, Deep Green, Torch Red, Pitch Black, and Burnt Orange—the first five books in the TRUECOLORS series. She has two grown sons and enjoys an active lifestyle of hiking, skiing, and biking. Melody lives in the beautiful Oregon Cascade Mountains with her husband and Labrador retriever.

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  • Posted January 15, 2010

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    Amazing Lesson on Value

    I try to think of myself as a very religious young lady. In all I do I strive to be a better person. When looking for books to read for pleasure I like to buy ones that I know others will enjoy or that I know has a great moral lesson. Recently I was sent Fool's Gold to review from Navpress. This book is written by Melody Carlson and reaches out to teens to help teach them morals and help them get through real life teen issues. My younger sister is currently in that phase where she is doing her best to be a young role model of god but also seeing and feeling a lot of external pressures.

    In Fool's Gold, you read about a young lady, Hannah. A girl who has grown up a Missionary Kid. Living in low income places while trying to spread the word of God to those in New Guinea. There hasn't been a day that Hannah didn't pray, read the bible, or listen to a sermon. The summer of her 17th birthday Hannah's parents send her to stay with her Uncle, Aunt and Cousin. In California. A place unlike any she has lived in before.

    While in California, Hannah struggles trying to fit in and be one of the girls. Her struggles on the inside are so though provoking. She leaves her bible behind telling herself she needs a vacation from God. Religion is no longer the most important thing in Hannah's life. Fitting in and looking the part are a top priority. The girls surrounding her only care about one thing. Money. Nothing is too much and soon Hannah see's herself falling to a place she never envisioned.

    What I really love about the book is the hidden messages. Little descriptive images in the book strike a chord in your heart. They have you thinking about your daily lives. Are you putting things ahead of God, ahead of your family?

    I really love and highly recommend Melody Carlson's book Fool's Gold from the True Colors Series.

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  • Posted December 20, 2009

    Review - Fool's Gold

    In Fool's Gold,Melody Carlson introduces us to Hannah, the daughter of missionaries to Papua New Guinea who is staying with family for the summer while her parents are trying to raise funds for their mission work. Hannah is thrown into a lifestyle completely opposite from the one to which she was accustomed in PNG. Over the course of a summer, Hannah turns away from the God she has always followed and falls into the age old trap of serving the worldly gods of money and popularity.

    The book is definitely geared towards teenagers and addresses the age old issue of peer pressure. Carlson's story of fall and redemption certainly speaks to legions of teenagers who feel, succumb to, and overcome the pressure to be one of the crowd. Hannah must learn through her mistakes that it takes true strength to turn away from the things of the world and to turn to God.

    What I like about Carlson's novel is that she really does relate to teenagers and relays a story that can truly make an impact. As teenagers, most of us felt the pressure to fit into a mold. Carlson leads Hannah on this journey of losing herself to the crowd and then finding her way back to the One who asks us to break the mold, not fit into it. Carlson's story is an easy read and one to which it is easy to relate. While I wouldn't necessarily recommend this novel for adult readers, I would certainly recommend this for their teenage children. Carlson has truly found her niche in writing for young adults and does a wonderful job of addreessing the issues that face them in their daily lives.

    This book was provided free of charge by the publisher as a review copy. The publisher had no editorial rights or claims over the content or the conclusions made in this review. Visit for more information on this book.

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  • Posted December 17, 2009

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    Glamorous Lifestyle

    This is a topic that almost any high school girl can totally relate to. Clothes are almost the biggest factor of what makes you part of the in crowd and what leave you on the outskirts. These days especially, labels are the ticket to popularity. Having lots of money almost guarantees being in the in crowd. Why are we so fascinated with having lots of money? Melody Carlson perfectly translates the feelings of a teen girl struggling with not having the money to buy everything and having to face those who do.

    I was a bit worried at first that Hannah would be a total goody two shoe because of her background. She is a bit naive about somethings because she hasn't been in the country that long and isn't up to the pop culture. However she acts pretty normal which is good because it's more relatable to reader. I kept getting really annoyed with Vanessa throughout the book. The same with her mother as well. I cannot stand being around those type of people and it just made me want to scream throughout the entire book. I can accept this type of behavior if you earned the money you were spending. However, teens who spend credit cards using their parents money "just cause" really annoys me. I wish all parents realized that giving your kids everything they want does not make them love you more or make you a better parent. That being said, I rather enjoyed the ending and what happened to Vanessa and her mom. Almost like justice was finally served.

    Something I found a bit weird and annoying after awhile was the continued calling of Ross Dress for Less. Let me say, I love the store. I get stuff there all the time. They have great deals and a really good selection. I just have never heard anyone keep calling it by it's full name. I could understand the first time it was mentioned but repeatedly calling it that way? At that point, it seemed like an ad for them, and that Ross Dress for Less had paid for product placement.

    Other than this, I really enjoyed this book. The subject matter is one that many teen girls will be able to relate to and even women in their 20s and 30s can get advice out of this book. Sadly we live in a material world and when you don't share that lifestyle it can be incredibly hard. Again another great YA book from Melody Carlson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2008

    Was It Worth It?

    Is it Worth It?<BR/> In the book Fools Gold by Melody Carlson, a Missionary girl from New Guinea, comes to live in the United States with her uncle, aunt, and cousin. We had to read a book for SSR in our English class and we went to the library. I had some suggestions from people that these books were really good. I picked up this one and read the back, and I liked that it was about materialism, since today many people have problems with it. Melody Carlson does a very good job with making teenage girls be able to relate to her books. She writes her novels for teenagers. Most of them have a Christian base, also. This one has a missionary kid in it and others have preacher¿s kids. <BR/> In the book I read a girl named Hannah and her family come back to the US to raise money so the can go back to New Guinea. While her parents are out raising money she is staying with her aunt and uncle. She is only staying the summer with them. Her cousin Vanessa is very materialistic and has the latest fashions. Hannah isn¿t very into fashion and Vanessa tries to change that. While in America, Hannah learns about fashion and material things and starts to turn away from God. She starts to like looking good and starts caring about what other people think. This only lasts a summer because when she goes back she won¿t have all the materialistic things that are in the United States. I understand why she conformed to the ¿American ways¿, but when she gets home she wont have all of the things that she got in America. I think that she was trying really hard to become someone that people would like and learned that what people think isn¿t all that matters. I learned a valuable lesson by reading this book. <BR/> This is a very god novel and will make you think about what is more important; beauty on the outside or beauty on the inside. I would suggest this book to people because it¿s a very good book and makes you think about what you would do in the situation. Melody Carlson does a very good job writing about real situations and helps you see what you would do.

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  • Posted November 25, 2008

    A Book Review: Fool's Gold by Melody Carlson

    I found about Fool's Gold by the popularity of the author. I saw that many Christians were reading the books written by Melody Carlson. What I like about this book is the message, and th detailed characters. What I didn't like about Fool's Gold is the Lenght of it. I thought the book was too short and it could have been longer.<BR/> The message Fool's Gold carries is that we need to grow in our relationship with God. It also says that when we stop spending time with God, we only gain loneliness, fustration, and sadness. The main character's parents are actually missionaries. She is always surrounded by Christianity, and feels like she is forced to pray to God. So for the summer she goes to her snobbist rich cousin. Her cousin's family is not into Christ at all and doesn't even go to church. Instead, her cousin and her aunt spend their time going shopping. So the main character feels relief at her cousin's house because she feels like no one pressures her into having a relationship with Christ. There she reveals her true colors and finds herself not praying to God, which leads her into distress and turmoil. But other than growing with God, the main character has her own little drama of fitting in with the crowd, and trying to impress a rich boy so he will like her.<BR/> I would recommend Fool's Gold to teens that don't see God clearly and who spend their spare time in worldly places. It's fine to for people to have fun, but the most important duty is to spend time with your Heavenly Father. Fool's Gold is a book that shows you that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2007

    A reviewer

    The book Fool¿s Gold is an exiting tale about a girl who is visiting the United States from Papua New Guinea. Hannah, the main character, is staying with her filthy rich cousin, Vanessa and Vanessa¿s parents. Her relatives seem to think she lacks fashion so they buy her new clothes. After a while, Hannah gets a credit card and does not realize she has to pay it off. Hannah works but $500 dollars a week is not enough. Therefore, the question is will she find the way out or be stuck forever. I liked the book, Fool¿s Gold, because it is about kids around my age or a little older. The best thing is I can relate to these kids in the stories and learn life lessons. This particular book taught me about debt and the dangers of it. I did not like how some of the characters seemed so nice but were really evil. The amount of the characters confused me because I did not really know who was who. This book was confusing in some ways because similar things were happening to different people and it just was hard to figure out. My favorite part was this book made you think about some parts and did not just give you the answer. The book Fool¿s Gold is part of a series that you do not have to read in any specific order. The series is called the True colors series. This book reminds me of an episode of Hannah Montana. In this episode, Hannah Montana, bought too much stuff and had debt problems. The people that would enjoy this book are teenagers facing problems or a person who needs a really good book. I think this book is mostly for girls but guys could read it too. The author that Melody Carlson is similar to is Lurlene McDaniel. Lurlene McDaniel also writes about life changing events. If you have read any of Lurlene McDaniel¿s books and liked it then you would most likely like a Melody Carlson book. If you are into emotional stories that this book is for you because they talk about stress and the emotional scars. The book, Fool¿s Gold, is a great book that is highly recommended by me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2007

    An Awesome Read

    great read. starts out slow but picks up quickly. trust me- its great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2007

    Fools Gold

    Hannah Johnson was sent by her parents from Papua New Guinea to spend the summer with her rich cousin Vanessa in America. Hannah is a missionary kid, and when she comes to America she struggles to understand their culture. Her cousin¿s favorite past time is shopping. Hannah is amazed at how easily Vanessa spends money on what looks like normal clothes. Hannah feels left out as Vanessa and all of her friends are wearing designer clothes and hanging out with their boyfriends. Meanwhile, Hannah is growing further and further away from God. Normally Hannah would pray everyday since she was from a missionary school. As the summer goes by though Hannah ignores her old lifestyle and friends more and more as she turns her back to God. Hannah got a job at her uncle's janitor business in hopes of saving money for college. But, then her cousin talks her into getting a credit card and she maxes it out. Before long she is deep in debt and still buying clothes. Hannah is very upset and doesn¿t know what to do so she turns to God. Maybe he can help her, maybe everything will be okay¿ I really liked this book because it is realistic. It is something that could happen to anyone, and it makes you realize what it would be like to be in so far over your head. This book shows how her relationship with God saves her from more serious problems. I would recommend this book for a teenager who wants to have their own credit cards and for a person who believes that God is always the right way to turn.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2007


    This book was amazing. It was my very favorite in the entire Melody Carlson colored series. Every teen girl should buy it and pass it on to other teen girls.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2007

    Okay, but not great

    I was glad this book wasn't the typical teenage book. It wasn't all about sex, and drugs, and drinking, and all that crap. But I found it kind of boring. I struggled to get into it and enjoy it. And I didn't know it was a religious book till after i started reading it. I just thought it was kind of different. So it was okay, but not the best book I've ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2006

    amazing read

    This book was amazing. I was touched by it is so many ways because I could really relate. Hannah, the main character has to face a very important question. What is more important, looks on the outside or inside?

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    A must read for struggling teens

    Though meant for young adults, Fool's Gold is a pleasurable read even for people over twenty. I liked the way the author contrasted the world of a missionary kid who was raised on donations and taught to be thrifty, with the world of the rich and vain relatives she spent the summer with. I like how she showed the innocent being sucked into the mindset of her peers and how her present lack of communication with God allowed for her judgment to be poor (since she didn't pray about anything and had left her Bible back home.) If you have a young person in your life who struggles with always having to have the latest fashion and going into heavy credit card debt over ridiculously high priced clothing, this book is a must read. I highly recommend it.

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    Posted May 30, 2009

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