Bugs, Bullies & Baseball Cards

Peter Dudek. Mild-mannered software developer by day, self-published Christian speculative novelist by night. (And lunch hours.)

I recently read the books he’s published. I’ll review both today, but will put them in separate posts.

First (listed in the order I read them), a Young Adult e-book. I’ll review the other in my next post.

Bugs, Bullies & Baseball Cards
by Peter Dudek
Publisher: Carnation City Press (April 22, 2011)
File size: 54 KB

Just before five-year-old Ryan’s grandma dies, she gives him a special notebook that had belonged to his Grandpa Bob. The notebook is full of Bible verses, and she tells him it will help him when he has to a decision to make. Because of whose notebook it was, Ryan names it Bob.

In addition to his grandma, whom he misses very much, Ryan also likes baseball cards; and his parents help him build his collection as a way to take his mind off his grandma’s passing.

One day he has a run-in with the neighborhood bully, Vince. A local store had a raffle, with a fantastic collection of baseball cards as the prize. Ryan enters the drawing, confident those cards will be his, but Vince won. And he wasn’t very gracious about it.

For the next few years, Ryan tries to get his revenge on Vince any way he can, but all his plans backfire; and usually, that notebook, Bob, has something to do with it.

This book is easy reading and fun. I laughed aloud a couple of times, and smiled almost all the way through it. I would think any kid would enjoy this book, and I can’t imagine any parent objecting to it. It’s good, clean fun with a kid-appropriate and non-preachy message. But if your son reads it, don’t be shocked if you see him taste-testing bugs afterward.

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