Thirteen by Shannon Peel

Upper Middle Grade Novel

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Cowards Mantra

November 18, 2013

Thirteen by Shannon Peel is a speculative fiction novel centered around the exploits of Jack Sullivan, a high school student in a single-parent home facing a national crisis as Canada finds itself under attack by invading North Korean forces. The invasion becomes a metaphor of the coming-of-age turm…

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Reminds me of Red Dawn

November 8, 2013

Wow, this book was over before I realized it ... and I need more. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.
If I had to describe this book I would say that it reminds me of Red Dawn, but with thirteen-year-old kids trying to keep their families together or reunite their families, and make …

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7. Enjoyed This

November 7, 2013

I really enjoyed this. I read to the end, and I'm so pressed for time, I don't often do that. I like that you're focusing on the characters and their struggles to cope with the deteriorating situation rather than on the actual war or atrocities. I do think you're a very good writer, and I like wher…

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6. Well Done

November 7, 2013

Nice story telling, well described characters, and character interaction. Well done.

Cheers, Scott Butcher (The Dreams of Aine's Blood)

5. Well Written Tale

November 7, 2013

so far I haven't found a ton of mistakes and I do see it appealing to the younger generation quite nicely.
I like the charecters you have here.
it is quite realistic, well written tale, I enjoyed reading what you have got so far

Jessica Minor

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4. Mindset of a 13 Year Old

November 5, 2013

I think you have got the mind set of a thirteen year old boy just right, but in my opinion, there are a few issues with repetition and general editing. I think that the story is there. But my early reaction is, that this version of 'Thirteen' is only a first draft. As such, I think you need to go ov…

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3. Robyn Quaker

November 4, 2013

Thirteen by Shannon Peel
Pacey. Good realistic dialogue. You have certainly got into a thirteen year old's head. The texting is spot on. 
I like the way you show and don't tell.....l soon gathered that Jack was rather tall, his parents were separated and Jack was friends with a bad crowd.
In the secon…

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2. Dillitente

November 4, 2013

Authonomy

Bright and lively and realistic. Very well done. Backed.

1. Woke Me Up

November 4, 2013

 YARG Review
Thirteen by Shannon Peel,

I was about to go to bed and started reading this. It certainly woke me up. Jack is a thirteen year old that for once feels like one and is written like one. Escaping out the window to go set off fireworks with the motley crew of friends. Being snagged by the po…

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