Publisher's Note:  

Abused and abandoned, Katie McBride hasn't had the easiest life, but when she's sentenced to participate in a two-week handcart trek, she discovers a mysterious journal from her family's past that holds the key to her true identity. This heartfelt tale of adventure is the perfect reminder that it's never too late to have faith in yourself.



This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Cedar Fort


Independence Rock

by Debra Hulet

Review Date:
03/23/2011

Recommended Age:
12+

Overall Rating:
***1/2

Profanity / Language Rating:

Violence / Gore Rating:
***

Sex / Nudity Rating:

Overall Review:  

Through this story, the two main characters are brought together through pioneer heritage, and their journeys on the trail. Independence Rock by Debra Terry Hulet has a fairy tale feel to it fit for teens. Some adult readers might find the storyline a bit far-fetched, but the uplifting messages and pioneer accounts make it enjoyable and inspirational.  This book is definitely geared toward LDS teens and young adults, as the religious references along with the handcart pioneer accounts are predominant throughout the story.  It was a quick read, without lags or overly descriptive settings.  Both main characters are endearing in their own ways, and the love stories give it a feel-good modern quality. This is a clean read that combines the past and present trials of two young women in a story sure to uplift any reader.


Content Analysis:  

Independence Rock is a clean read with an “edge” to it. It mentions drugs, theft, alcoholism, domestic violence, but all in reference to the main character's home life. There is mention of pioneer trials and death, but the book never feels negative or depressing.



Mature Subject Matter:  

It mentions drugs, theft, alcoholism, domestic violence, but all in reference to the main character's home life.



Alcohol / Drug Use:  

***



Reviewed By SqueakyCleanReads
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