Monday, February 17, 2014

The Pact - TLC Book Tours

~ I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author to facilitate this review.  I received no compensation and opinions are 100% my own or my family. ~

Synopsis (from Amazon): Scott Addison never set out to be a hero. But sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you can’t run away from destiny. On the heels of his father’s death, Scott and his mother move from Iowa City, Iowa to the small Southern Illinois town of Meadowbrook. Scott just wanted to blend in…to observe quietly…to be one of the kids. Unfortunately for Scott, his instincts, heart, and integrity took over on his first day at his new middle school. Scott stood up to and faced down three larger boys torturing a wiry little boy named Paul. This simple act of kindness and chivalry put Scott in the midst of the conflict and on the receiving end of the bullies’ antics.

Paul introduces Scott to two high school friends who just happen to play Warriors & Thieves, Scott’s favorite role-playing fantasy game. The game and his new friends provide a much needed escape from both his past and his present troubles…at least for a while. But no matter how hard Scott tries to blend in at school, his pet peeve of bullying and his overwhelming sense of right and wrong continue to push him into the limelight, bringing praises from many, but more opposition from the bullies. When the hazing goes too far Scott decides it is time to take a stand…no matter the cost. Of course, sometimes, that’s the price heroes must pay.

One (or more) Sentence Summary:  The Pact is about a group of boys who stand up to bullying in their middle school.  A new boy to town arrives and seeks to break down the stereotypes about jocks vs. geeks.  

I liked the book so much, that I took it into my classroom and gave it to the teacher.  After my classmates are done reading it, we are donating it to our school library.  I think it is a great book for 6th graders and up.

Favorite Character(s):  Do doubt about it....Scott is my favorite character.  He shows a cool side as he is bullied and the other boys try to run him off the wrestling team.

Setting:  Small town in Illinois.  It took place anywhere though.

Fast read/slow read:  The Pact was a very fast read. 

What Others Are Saying:  Check out the TLC Book Tours to see what others are saying about The Pact.

Tuesday, January 28th:  Tiffany’s Bookshelf
Thursday, January 30th:  Jorie Loves a Story
Monday, February 3rd:  Patricia’s Wisdom
Wednesday, February 5th:  You Can Read Me Anything
Monday, February 10th:  Suko’s Notebook
Monday, February 10th:  YA Reads - author Q&A
Wednesday, February 12th:  Maureen’s Musings
Monday, February 17th:  Seaside Book Nook
Tuesday, February 18th:  The Things You Can Read
Wednesday, February 19th:  Shelf Full of Books
Thursday, February 20th:  Savings in Seconds

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: I would!  He has a very good way of weaving the story and keeping the events in perspective.

Mitchell S Karnes was born in Kansas and spent his childhood in Illinois.  He lives in Franklin, TN with his wife, Natalie, and five of their seven children, where he serves as the Pastor of Walker Baptist Church.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree and three Master’s degrees.
Mitchell’s first novel, Crossing the Line, made the Southern Writer’s Guild’s “Must Read” list.  His short stories include:  “When Nothing Else Matters,” “A Family Portrait,” and “Grampa Charlie’s Ring.”  He hopes to entertain, challenge, move and teach through each and every story.  The Pact is just the beginning…the first book in a four-part series.


  1. I'm glad you also enjoyed this book! Scott is a wonderful character who strives to do the right thing.


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