by Joseph Falank


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The extraordinary is all around us.

After enduring a difficult year that began with his father unexpectedly walking out on the family, thirteen-year-old Jake Sheppard finds himself at a loss for hope. When his live-in grandfather shares a deeply personal and rather unbelievable bedtime story, the impossibility of the tale's events sparks an interest in Jake to determine its authenticity.

Embarking on a personal journey for the truth leads Jake to a discovery that will not only change his life, but the way he sees the world, forever.

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ISBN-13: 9781941058152
Publisher: Winter Goose Publishing
Publication date: 06/27/2014
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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Seeing 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Summary – 13 year-old Jake Sheppard has always been mocked in his class. After his father walked out on his mother and him, and his best friend became his tormentor, his life has been even harder. The fact that his grandfather, who has recently lost his wife, has come to live with them helps. His mom dating another guy doesn’t. Not in Jake’s mind. What I Thought – This book is amazing. First off – the characters; Jake is a great kid. It’s not his fault that his life was turned upside down. Jake seems like a normal kid – nice boy, bullied, but still tries to keep positive. His life is harder than it seems to outsiders. Jake’s grandfather is the backbone of his family, after Jake’s father walked out on them. He props Jake and his mom up (emotionally), while doing the chores around the house, to help out. I like how Mr. Falank’s writing style shows the depth of the bond between Jake and his grandfather. Mr. Falank writes realistically. He seemed to get into Jake’s head well. Even though this isn’t the typical action/adventure book I usually go crazy over, the book really left an impression on me. The story kept me reading. I finished it in one day. The story, even though is one of loss, is also one of hope. It is motivating, in a way. The book is appropriate for all ages, but I think kids 12+ and adults will truly enjoy the message of the story. For anyone who says small press publishers don’t produce good books – check out Seeing. It will change your mind in many ways. *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joseph Falank has a gift for well-penned prose that causes deep emotion – in his characters, and in his readers. Put this book in the hands of young adults and they will forget their phones until finished reading. And it’s exactly the kind of reading they should be doing – the themes of this book have them in mind. Truth, discovery, and unexpected turns are what life is all about, and in this novel, young Jake’s personal journey is a page-turner to be sure. This author paints some beautiful scenes with the brush of his pen and affects every emotion before the final page. I will be gifting it to all the people in my life that love a good read, or need a message of hope. I hope Mr. Falank has many more books to come. Intelligent writing with timely (and timeless) messages are something to applaud in today’s world where core values have been shoved to the back of the bus and couldn’t be needed more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book is great, touches on realistic life events, short book. Hats off to this young author.