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THE OBSTACLE COURSE

Author: Neal R Voron

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Publisher: AuthorHouse,

Material: paperback

Summary: The “Obstacle Course” referred to in the title is what one would normally think of as the trials and tribulations of everyday life. Dr. Acton, an elderly and wise professor, developed a course composed of 100 maxims which, if understood and applied would, indeed, help his students meet life’s promises and challenges. This is a fictional story that weaves in real-life concepts that teens can take to heart.

Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 10 to 13

Interest Level: 8 to 13

Reading Level: 4.8

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: Teen STAR Review pending

Adult Reader Reaction: Using a novel format, the author skilfully weaves the idiosyncracies and teaching style of a professor and his maxims into a truly entertaining story.

Pros: It is a refreshing approach to offer teens valuable life lessons. Teachers and youth counselors should find this to be a great source of material for working with adolescents and teens.

Cons: To get the full educational impact intended, especially for adolescents, it would be best accomplished through group discussion with an adult facilitator.

Borrow or Buy: Adult readers may well wish to buy a copy of the book. Teachers and/or counselors would likely encourage group participants to purchase the book.

If You Liked This Book, Try: AIDAN OF OREN: THE JOURNEY BEGINS   CHARACTER IN MOTION! FIRST STANDARDS BASED CHARACTER EDUCATION WORKBOOK/BLACKLINE MASTER   THOUGHT SEEDS; PLANT THEM AND THEY WILL GROW

Educational Themes: The book can help the reader organize his or her approach to reaching goals. It is replete with simple, common sense approaches to understanding, evaluating, and taking action.

Literary Categories: Fiction - life lessons, guidebook, middle grade

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2005

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