Thirteen by Shannon Peel

Upper Middle Grade Novel

Reviews for Thirteen

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 turmoil facing Jack as he prepares for his high school years amidst his dysfunctional family situation. The author’s modern-day parable is one that young adults will find both intriguing and incisive in reflecting true-to-life scenarios. more...

John Dizon

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 plans for basic survival.
I really liked the main character Jack and his average thirteen-year-old perspective. Like how his mom annoys him with all her 'babying' but he loves her and he'd do anything to protect her.
I'm a complete sucker for a love being in a story too, even if it's gradual and not yelling in your face. I want to find out more about his mom and Nick. Plus, Jack's crush. Ah, young love :)

Pam Dingee

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 where this is going. It's a very engaging story. I'm keeping it watchlisted to check back and giving you high stars.

Heidi Wattcot

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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