Book Description: 

An action packed blockbuster. Red Dawn meets 1984. The perfect book for kids 10-14, even those who don’t like to read.
Jack wants to hang out with his friends but his mom’s rules keep him
grounded until they wake up to machine gun fire and everything has
changed. Foreign soldiers have invaded his hometown cutting off power,
shutting down communications, and restricting travel. To make matters
worse, he doesn’t know if his dad is alive, wounded, captured, or dead.
He wants to find him, however, his mother doesn’t care, the soldiers are
in his way, and the cop who busted him is no help at all.Feedback
from a 92 year old great grandmother: My comment on it, is that
Shannon did a wonderful job of writing Thirteen. It was well written,
and the description of events was well thought out. It was exciting,
scary at times, and sad as well. It’s a book worth reading. — OK so it
was my 92 year old grandmother…
Bookworm 1102’s Review
I received a copy of this ebook free in exchange for an honest review.
Jack is a thirteen year old boy. He’s got caught by the police for sneaking out after his curfew when he is grounded, and he is sick of all his mum’s rules, thinking that she is over-reacting for the slightest little thing. He blames his mum for his dad leaving, saying that she should have done more to make him happy. Overnight, everything changes, and Jack’s life, along with everyone he cares about, is turned upside down when the area he lives in is taken over by Korean soldiers. Jack and his mum will have to do everything they can to survive.I really liked this book. There was non stop action throughout the whole book, and I wanted to read “just one more chapter” to see what happened next. I thought Jack was a relatable character for a lot of teenagers, both male and female. He thought his mum was babying him and being overprotective, which is something that I am sure a lot of teenagers have felt at one time or another. I can also understand why Sidney is so protective over Jack, especially when the sudden invasion came. She wanted to keep her son safe at any cost to herself, and felt such guilt when she could not protect him.

There were a few minor grammatical errors in the book, but none of these took my attention away from the story, which drew you in from the very first sentence: “Jack’s eyes snapped open”. I was hooked from then on, and I cannot wait to read the next book to find out what happens next in the series.

I rate this book 4/ 5 stars!

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About the Author: 
Shannon Peel grew up in
Enderby, BC where her family’s root run deep. Growing up where
television was either non existent or very limited she relied on books
& imagination to escape into the world beyond.
She went to
UBC to study and earn a general studies BA with a concentration in
Political Science and Economics. Macro analysis of world events, social
justice and human motivations became a passion of hers. This passion is a
driving force in all her stories, which have political, economic, and
social justice undercurrents.
After a career in the financial
field she decided to stay home and raise her two children until school
age. In 2007 she return to the workforce as a sales / marketing /
advertising professional. She currently resides in BC’s Lower Mainland
with her two teenage children.
THIRTEEN is her debut full size
paperback novel. She also is the author of an adult fantasy series,
JOURNIES IN ELADONIA, consisting of ebook novellas.



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