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The Stone Traveler
     

The Stone Traveler

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by Kathi Oram Peterson
 

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Sixteen-year-old Tag can't believe he's in this much trouble. He's not actually a member of the gang known as the Primes - all he did was spray paint some graffiti that caught their attention. In all honesty, ever since his dad and brother left, Tag just wants to be alone. And it's certainly not his fault that the Primes nearly beat up his goofy cousin, Ethan. But his

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Sixteen-year-old Tag can't believe he's in this much trouble. He's not actually a member of the gang known as the Primes - all he did was spray paint some graffiti that caught their attention. In all honesty, ever since his dad and brother left, Tag just wants to be alone. And it's certainly not his fault that the Primes nearly beat up his goofy cousin, Ethan. But his mom is furious about these gang-related activities and insists that Tag spend the whole summer at his grandpa's lakeside cabin, which is not Tag's idea of a good time. So he does what any self-respecting teenager would do: run away. But he doesn't get far before he encounters three strange men carrying an even stranger object - a stone that glows with radiant light as bright as a thousand sparklers. Tag doesn't steal the stone - not exactly. He feels like he is supposed to take it. But he doesn't expect the stone to transport him through space and time to a place he's never seen before - a place that looks an awful lot like the ancient lands described in the Book of Mormon. And he definitely doesn't expect to join Sabirah, the entrancing daughter of Samuel the Lamanite, on a quest to rescue her father and brother from the evil King Jacob. And he absolutely doesn't expect to be captured by Jacob's minions and prepared as a sacrifice to the evil idol of the city. But just as Tag faces his death, a terrible storm begins to break, and the ground cracks into jagged pieces. And he's not sure which event will impact his life more: his captor's knife coming at his body, the violent tempest sweeping the land . . . or the men who later appear, glowing even more brightly than the traveler's stone.

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ISBN-13:
9781608618842
Publisher:
Deseret Book Company
Publication date:
10/10/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
651 KB

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The Stone Traveler 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
B00kwyrm More than 1 year ago
Look at this cover. It's gorgeous. A promise of adventure in the South American jungle. Does it deliver? Yes, it does. Sixteen-year-old Tag is tired. Tired of the way things are. The best way to break away is to be how he likes to be. Though he is fair with a spread of many freckles, he loves his hair black. Along with the spiked dog collar. After a particular unsavory incident at school, his cousin rats him out and now he is facing his consequence: spending the entire summer with old Grandpa who chats with his wife's ghost. Perfect. Well, not exactly. He decides to sneak away when everyone's asleep. That's when he stumbles across the stone. Unable to resist the temptation to take it, he is whisked headlong into the past. Far into the past. When scripture heroes (and villains) roamed the southern part of North America. This was a fun page-turner for me. I empathized with Tag, though he hated everyone and everything. A hidden darkness haunts him and he doesn't realize it until the purpose of his journey into the past unfolds. I feel as if Tag lost a bit of his voice when he sailed into time, but maybe it is because he is surrounded with others who don't speak slang? I cried when Tag finally finds peace in his heart. And forgiveness. This is a beautiful, heartwarming story. It left me with much to think about. Kathi Oram Peterson has created a wonderful, rich world that will have you neglecting your homework!