The Penny Predicament

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What would a 12-year-old boy do to help save his family from financial ruin? In Jake King’s case, he’d do just about anything. But uncertainty sets in as his plans go awry, his friendships start to fail and his faith takes a few hits. Finding a rare coin worth a fortune might be the answer. But what if it’s not real? Will Jake lose his best friend and his family’s future at the same time? Only God knows and, hopefully, he’ll let Jake in on it.

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Hott Review:

This rainy Sunday afternoon I sat down to read The Penny Predicament, and couldn’t put it down.
What I liked: In The Penny Predicament Jake is a typical 12-year-old. With typical 12-year-old problems. At least he thought he was until his father lost his job. Then they went from being rich to counting pennies in the checkout line. Not to worry though, Jake has a fool-proof plan to make enough money to help out… well, maybe not fool-proof but at least helpful.
I really think that between Jake’s willingness to give of himself and the helpful references from “The Real Thing” (Bible) The Penny Predicament is sure to earn a place in your and your child’s hearts.
What I didn’t like: While I think that Jake’s behavior is typical for a 7th grader I don’t know that it’s necessarily appropriate for an 8-12-year-old to read. There were just some times that I wondered if it was a book I’d hand over to my middle-grade reading clan. However, even if I don’t share with my 8-12s I will donate it to the school’s (conservative Christian) library.

Read an excerpt here.


Author: Veola Vazquez, Lauren Boebinger Lewis (Ill)
Source: Veola Vazquez sent me The Penny Predicament in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher & Date: May 2016 by Double Letter Press
Genre: Middle Grade Christian Fiction
ISBN: 0692394907 (ISBN13: 9780692394908)
Pages: 246
Grade: B
Ages: 12+15
Setting: San Francisco, CA
Series: The Coin Chronicles, #2
The Nickel Nuisance
The Nickel Nuisance
The Penny Predicament
The Penny Predicament

Author Bio:

Veola VazquezDr. Veola Vazquez, the mother of two boys, uses humor, personal experience and insight to captivate young readers. As a Christian psychologist, she approaches the difficult issues of young life in a way that encourages and instructs the children who read her books. Her witty and fun stories build on real life issues to teach lessons about faith, friendship and family.

In addition to her works for children, Dr. Vazquez maintains a website and blog where she provides tools for parenting and devotionals to encourage Godly living. With a specialty in childhood issues such as AD/HD and childhood depression, anxiety and trauma, she has special insight into the ways parents can be most helpful to their children. Also, as a mother herself and a wife of over 20 years, she uses her personal wisdom in conjunction with her professional experience to guide and inspire families.

With a passion for helping both children and families, Dr. Vazquez is also a Bible teacher and inspirational speaker for women’s events and mom’s groups. In addition to her inspirational teaching, she is also a professor at a Christian university in Southern California where she teaches both graduate and undergraduate psychology courses.

Finally, Dr. Vazquez loves to spend her time reading and taking walks with her family and wiener dog, Paco.

Websites & Links: Veola Vazquez's website Veola Vazquez's twitter Veola Vazquez's facebook


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