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Burned

by Rick Bundschuh
Series: Soul Surfer #2
113 pages, General Fiction
Reviewed by Ariel_of_Narnia

Very easy read with easy-to-take but important lessons.

Plot

Note: This story and most of its characters are fictional, but it's inspired by the very real Bethany Hamilton.

Bethany and her family are enjoying their time at a Samoan surf camp. Or they would be if a teen boy at the camp wasn't spoiling it for them. Bethany is having a hard time trying to be friendly. The two must overcome their separate problems before there can be perfect harmony at the camp.

Morality

Bethany and her friend Malia do their best to be kind to the irritable Liam. They help each other in this endeavor. Bethany also proves to be a good friend when Malia needs her support.
The whole Hamilton family is tight-knit and they all want to see the right thing being done.
Liam's words and actions are reflective of his bitter nature.

An event is organized to help handicapped kids.

Spiritual Content

Bethany is not shy about her faith. The Samoan church is enthusiastic as well. The camp driver is a solid Christian. Bethany correctly describes Christianity not as a religion, but a relationship with God. One character comes to faith and another returns to his faith. Bible verses are quoted and prayers are said.

Violence

Liam constantly "drops in" on the girls while surfing, making for potentially dangerous accidents. Bethany is caught and held under by a wave. Malia experiences the same thing and gains a serious cut on her knee from the coral besides other small cuts all over.

Drug and Alcohol Content

A doctor shoots some numbing substance into Malia's knee so he can clean it out.

Sexual Content

None except that the front cover features a side view of Bethany surfing, wearing a surf shirt that doesn't cover her lower back (due to the position she's in) and a bikini bottom.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

None.

Conclusion

Bethany learns an important lesson about forgiveness, regardless of what a person has done. Learn this with her and feel her joy when her work reaps fruit.

Fun Score: 4.5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 11-12

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