Book Review – Spokes

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Spokes by Deanna Klingel


A Catholic girl and a Jewish boy training for a triathlon, search for clues to solve the mystery of a hit and run killer. Along the way they discover the importance of truth, friendship, and faith.


Spokes could be classified as an adventurous mystery, but the real heart of this story is the very special friendship that forms between the two lead characters.

In the aftermath of a tragic accident the lives of two very different teens. Kelsey, a homeschooled Catholic girl and Brendan, a Jewish boy who is dedicated to his faith, are intertwined. Their search for a mysterious sports car and a determination to compete in a triathlon leads these two on a summer adventure that will forever change them both. As the summer progresses and their training and search intensify, their friendship grows.

Besides the compelling storyline, there are several side stories that center around triathlon training, a group of friars, and the Special Olympics, that are quite interesting. I think this story could be the catalyst for some great conversations. I’m sure many people can think of a friend that came into their life, possibly for only a brief time, that somehow made a huge, life-altering difference.

I look forward to reading more books by Deanna Klingel.

A Note From the Reviewer:

As a writer and a mother, I’m always searching for wonderful Christian books for teens of all ages. I truly believe one way we can encourage teens in their faith is through fiction with positive messages, embedded in great stories. There are many fantastic Christian and Catholic teen novels out today but they can be hard to find. I’m excited to share some of these books with you.

Leslea Wahl

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