by Sarah Anne Sumpolec

Paperback(New Edition)


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802464514
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 07/01/2003
Series: Becoming Beka Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

SARAH ANNE SUMPOLEC is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington and holds both a Bachelor¿s degree in psychology and elementary teaching certification. Her background in psychology allowed her to work both in an acute care inpatient setting and a long-term residential treatment center, both of which helped to provide her much insight and compassion towards those struggling to cope with a life that is not always kind or fair. She continually researches and speaks on the hot topics facing teens today. Sarah is the author of the Becoming Beka series, has written for a number of magazines such as Brio and Teens 4 Jesus, and has appeared on Janet Parshall¿s America, The Tyra Banks Show, and The 700 Club. Sarah lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with her husband, Jeff, and their three daughters.

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CaraPutman More than 1 year ago
While these books may be a few years old, my almost eleven year old is inhaling them and learning a ton from Beka's mistakes. (While she's eleven, she reads at an upper high-school level) They've lead to some great discussions between us as she processes what happens to Beka. Here's what my daughter has to say about this book: The Masquerade is a WONDERFUL, AMAZING book. It is so life-like. The book was like a magnet that drew me back again and again. There were sometimes I laughed at her and other times I wanted to punch her, because her life is so messed up. She could fix it in an instant with some right choices, but she won't make those. So as she learned the hard way, I learned how to do it the right way. Beka is a little frustrating but fun because she handles her life in such an unusual way with unexpected choices. Beka has to Masquerade as a Christian. Pretending you're a Christian isn't easy, but she has to to feel like she fits in to her family. Her choices land her in a psychiatric hospital. It's quite the fun ride to take with her. So if you have a tween or teen, you should suggest this book to them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love read it at my svhool libary
SofiaMarieR More than 1 year ago
"I swallowed the rest of my tears and pushed everything he said aside. I still had seven hours of school to get through. I adjusted my backpack, stuffed everything down inside, and walked into Bragg County High School determined to be okay. Whatever that meant." Beka was there that day. Actually, she was driving the car. And now she doesn't know what to do and where to go with all the guilt and confusion she has after her mom's death. She can't talk with her family; they will never understand her. So she throws herself into school, auditioning for the musical and becoming friends with the most popular girl. But there is more to the story. She just hopes her secret never gets out. "The Masquerade" was a very gripping and somewhat depressing book - at least at the start. Beka found herself trying to hold more and more of her feelings inside, and that played out on her relationships in the family. The turning movement at the end seemed too quick, and most of the Christian content is only at the end of the book. However, Beka's story of how opening up can bring healing is well needed in this world. "The Masquerade" is the first in the Becoming Beka series. The others are "The Alliance", "The Passage", "The Reveal", and "The Encore". ~Review written by Sofia Marie of the Teens Live for Jesus blog~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just wanted to say to anyone who reads this post or book that God loves you and he will always be there where ever you are. Stay strong in you faith and trust God in everything you do Love, You Sister in The Lord ††† :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
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The Masquerade is about a girl named Beka, who is trying to find herself. Beka is very depressed and has not really been herself lately. A while ago Beka got into a car accident with her mom, and her mom died immediately. Now Beka¿s nightmares of her mom¿s death keep coming to haunt her. Before her mom died she played along with her family acting like she was a Christian, so she could make her mom happy. Beka now regrets not spending time with her mom like the others did. In school beak starts to hang out with the popular kids. The popular kids will make Beka make very hard decisions. Her new friend Lori is going through a lot of problems kind of like Beka. Beka can really relate to her friend Lori but Gretchen, one of her the popular girls, is trying to tell Beka not to talk to her. What I liked most about the book was how it just came out and said how her mom died. I liked it because it was very sad and I love sad stories. In addition to that, I didn¿t want to put the book down. I would stay up until two-thirty in the morning on school nights reading it. Also why I loved the book so much is because I could connect with Beka in the story. There is one thing and only one thing that I do not like about the book and that is how Beka was being really rude to her family. I didn¿t like that part because I¿m mean to my dad and I realized that every time I was mean to him it really did hurt his feelings and all he did was want to protect me and keep me out of trouble. The book tells about a teenage life and it kind of shows all the peer pressure kids have now a days and how hard it is to be a teenager. This book helped me grow and I think it would be best recommended for young teenage girls who are like Beka. This book made me realizes that I should trust my friends and family and let them help me out with my problems. The masquerade showed me what people are like when they believe and when they don¿t believe or trust God. The Masquerade is part of the Beka series of five books. If you want to read the series you would want to read the books in order, if you don¿t read them in order then you might get really confused. This book can be read with out reading the other books because this is the first book of the Beka series. This book kind of reminds me of the movie ¿thirteen.¿ It reminds me of it because it deals with growing up. If you are a person who likes books you cant put down, likes hearing about other peoples problems, and how they solve them, then you will really like this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book truly shows the troubles of a normal girl, in a normal life. She faces many decisions, the normal high school drama, as well as circumstances that test her faith to Christianity. All of the books in the 'Becoming Becka' series are absolutely wonderful. All Christian teenage girls should read this book. You will feel a completely new connection to your faith.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i absolutly think that every teenage christian girl should read this book and the series. it it amzing! i learned that God loves me so much and he will do anything to tell me.. even use something that i dont like. i recommend this book to all teenage girls. Jesus is the best thing that has ever happened to me! girls can really relate to becka and the pressure of high school,boys, family ,friends , and God . its awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book for teen girls (and guys may enjoy it too!) I highly recommend. I couldn't put it down, and I was left with wanting to find out what happens in the next books! Sarah Anne really knows how to reach the hearts of teens!