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“Mom I have nothing to read!?!” Try “Fallen Prey” by @Ann_Eisenstein

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 Turn the TV off this morning and pick up a book with your kids!

It has been awhile since a read a middle school read (MG) comes to my attention which I think is a great read for you and the kids. This is one of those books! Thanks Book Nerd Tours for bringing the series to light with me! In this day an age books for this age group which so responsibility and safety, without being preachy, are really nice to find.

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“Mom I have nothing to read!?!” Try “Fallen Prey” by @Ann_EisensteinFallen Prey
by Ann E. Eisenstein
Pages: 190
Published by Peak CIty Publishing
on April 19, 2014
Genres: Middle School (MG), Mystery & Detective, Young Adult
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Twelve-year-old Junior Special Agent Sean Gray is in a race against time. Could there be a connection between his testimony in the trial of an international child kidnapping ring and his mysterious accident

While the sheriff’s department and the FBI are investigating, his new friend, Gabby, gets caught in the web of an online predator and disappears. She’s been missing for more than 48 hours, and the authorities have not been able to find her.

Sean goes undercover to bait the mysterious hunter. But when he becomes the prey, how will he rescue her?

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Remember Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy mysteries? Or during the time my older kids were in middleschool got into Goosebumps Mysteries by R.L. Stine, which is still going at book #67! Sheesh, and movies and the TV Shows… This series has this kind of feel about it. I am betting it will become popular and keeping being built upon for a few years at least. The author really has a feel about how to write respectfully to kids, not down to them. Plus she is giving a gift to the reading pool of a series which is fun and has great engaging and responsible content. A fine family read for everyone.

I bought the first book in the series in able to read them back to back in an afternoon ending up with a smile on my face, feeling good. It is a book I would happily have read to and with my kids. Though not like the Harry Potter books, as in it is not written with the fun from 9 to 99-years, it is written strictly with MG kids in mind. (I do need to mention these are stand-alone books, I didn’t know so I wanted the first one to be doubly sure).

Sean-Gray-JFBIIt gives the readers Sean Gray, a hero their age,  a subject matter which kids face or will face at any given time during their lives growing up and should learn about, how to and not too handle it. *chuckling* Which is another reason to love the people and the characters involved. It was an overall complete package.

For active readers, books are included in their peer group. The reason books and movies, TV shows even some video games teach kids common sense and safety is these things have become part of their immediate influences nowadays. An age where you can barely find the dividing line where virtual ends and physical reality begins.

Children being abducted, cyber-stalked by predators and pedophiles seem to be on the rise. Maybe it is just because the world no longer has borders with the information highway erasing them or ignoring them. You can face your fears with anonymity and where it is easier to take chances. Cyberbullying happens right along with physical bullying. Children are abducted and face a higher chance of violence against them.

Kid-with-a-SmartphoneThere is no one thing to blame, but there are plenty of tools to help you help your kids. They grow up way to fast these days and by using these tools responsibly even books, movies and video games can be tools in this box.  It means we as parents have to be hyper-vigilante. But.. I rant, this book made me thankful we didn’t have the internet for my eldest two to deal with, and the younger ones growing up were not having to deal with smart phones, tablets and internet access at in the ball pit at McDonald’s Playland. “Can I have a Happy Mean with the boys toy mom! Oh and make sure you set my wifi up so I can play Angry Birds while I read on your phone… MOM HE PULLED MY HAIR!!!” Yeah, heard that one last week!

When I was growing up we were warned about razor blades in apples (urban legend), the Bogey Man in the dirty strange car offering us candy, and never crossing the street without looking both ways. As adults we took these lessons and applied them to our own lives and later if we decided to become parents adapted them from there.

As a mother of five aging from 14 to 25 I have watched the trends, the violence the intensity of all of it shoot through the roof to where I am pretty sure I would not have been so eager to have a family. To much ugliness in the world. Then of course a wonderful thing happens with my kids and, sigh I know why and am glad.

Sheesh this was going to be a nice and short review. Let’s get on with the good stuff!!

The book is great, it deals with things like child abduction and fear from a middle grade kids point-of-view. It opens an avenue for discussion that ABC After School Specials did when we were growing up, and the kids can feel part of it. I recommend it as a great summer family read which will hopefully go on long enough to grow up with your kids!

4.5 out of 5 stars!

Happy Summer Reading!

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About Ann E. Eisenstein

Ann Eisenstein is an author, educator and psychologist. A graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy, her work with the agency helped bring her first middle grade mystery, Hiding Carly, (Peak City Publishing, 2013) to life. Ann created a story where the main character, Sean Gray, is a believable eleven-year-old with strong character traits that belie his physical stature. She continued the series with the release of “Fallen Prey” in 2013. Ann currently lives in Columbia, SC where she enjoys writing, drawing, mixed martial arts and fitness classes, gardening, and her friends. She continues to mentor and guide children and volunteer to work with schools and other groups.

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  1. Thanks for this great review of Fallen Prey!

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