High school can be tough on any kid, but it's worse for a loner.
Roland West, Loner is a contemporary Christian story about a fourteen-year-old boy who finds himself friendless at a new school and the subject of cruel rumors.
Roland lives with his father and older twin brothers in a secluded house that resembles a castle—complete with battlements, turrets, and a secret passageway. Finding it hard to make friends at school, Roland is excited to learn about his father’s upcoming trip to Italy. He hopes to go, but one of his brothers stands in his way and will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
When Roland ends up locked in the cellar, a neighboring kid and his autistic brother stumble upon the secret passageway and rescue him. Struggling to trust his new friends, secrets, rumors, and an unusual inheritance put Roland on a journey that just might have the power to change the life of this loner.
|Publisher:||Theresa A Linden|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||1 MB|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Catholic novelist Susan Peek is a wife, mother of eleven children, and a Third Order Franciscan. Her passion is writing novels of little-known saints and heroes, especially for teens and young adults (and anyone young at heart). She is an active member of the Catholic Writers Guild, teaches creative writing in her spare time, and is currently continuing work on her series "God's Forgotten Friends: Lives of Little-known Saints."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Roland West, Loner is a stellar teen novel! Entering the local public high school forces shy Roland to confront his fears and explore friendship and trust all while dealing with his mean and manipulative older brothers bent on ruining his life. Dependent on the help of his new friend Peter, Roland’s vulnerability inclines him to share little bits of himself he ordinarily holds close to the vest. Friendship with Peter also introduces him to sweet Caitlyn with her fiery hair and emerald eyes, gossipy Dominic, and even the guests at Peter’s family’s Bed & Breakfast. They’ll be drawn into a mystery starting with a locked box and culminating in a life-changing experience for each of them, one that will bring Roland back to the faith of his childhood. Theresa Linden’s superb writing will draw you in and her real-to-life characters will keep you reading to discover what Roland’s friend Peter has inherited, who’s after it, and whom Roland can trust. With mystery, suspense, a hint of budding romance and an encounter with the Divine, Roland’s story has something for everyone.
Roland West, Loner by Theresa Linden is a Catholic YA novel centered around the relationships between brothers and friends. This book is especially great for Middle School and High School boys. Don’t get me wrong – Roland West, Loner is an entirely engaging and well-written book that anyone would enjoy but I don’t come across very many YA novels completely from a boy’s perspective, which makes this unique and special. Linden knows boys well and writes from this perspective perfectly. I absolutely loved the development of the friendship between Roland and his neighbor Peter. I also enjoyed the character of Caitlyn and the sweet relationships she had with both boys. Even though it’s titled Roland West, Peter had his own very interesting storyline and issues to overcome. The author fused the two boys storylines together brilliantly through an adventure they embark on together. There is a deeply religious part of the story, about saints and relics that was brought up in a very intriguing way. This is a subject I’ve never seen addressed before in YA fiction and I think the readers will find it as interesting as I did. Linden does a wonderful job of drawing the reader into Roland’s life. At times I wanted to scream in frustration with how he was treated by his manipulative brothers. The best news is there’s a sequel – Life-changing Love – so the reader won’t have to wait long to find out what happens next for Roland.
Sometimes miracles happen instantaneously. Sometimes they take longer. Roland West, Loner is a great novel for pre-teen and teen boys and girls because it demonstrates the power of prayer and of forgiveness to heal rifts in families and between friends. I learned right along with the story's characters about a particular Catholic saint, Conrad of Parzham, but I won't disclose how he figures into the plot. I'll simply say that this book contains a wonderful mix of real-life heartache, pulse-pounding suspense, and the awesomeness of the spiritual and supernatural.