About the Book
Book: King of Tennessee
Author: David Alan Shorts
Genre: YA/Teen Fiction
Release Date: July, 2020
It was an ordinary day in Tabersville, Tennessee, until nearly everyone in town disappeared. Middle-school trouble maker, Stewart Rainquest, soon turns this nightmare into a dream come true as he sets about living like a king in his small southern town. Things take a turn for the worse as members of the biker gang Stewart idolizes commit murder before his eyes. While doing his best to keep his distance from the killers, Stewart learns how to drive a car and meets Gina, a high school student battling cancer. Their friendship leads them through wild adventures, but only time will tell if Stewart will learn the truth about what happened to everyone in his town.
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About the Author
David Alan Shorts has a passion to teach kids things which matter for a lifetime, rather than just the next test or Sunday School lesson. He has written many books, short stories, and magazine articles, along with musicals, plays, and songs. His three children keep him busy and constantly evaluating life through the eyes of youth. He has taught music to thousands of kids in Northern California for more than twenty years. When he’s not doing what matters most, he enjoys flying model airplanes and working out.
More from David
My son and I had just finished watching a Mad Max movie when a conversation began about post-apocalyptic movies and what the Bible has to say. The Apocalypse is real and is described in some detail in the Bible. So, why aren’t all apocalyptic stories told from a Christian world view? That was when I began creating King of Tennessee as an attempt to give depth in today’s contemporary post-apocalyptic stories. It combines action and adventure while still keeping the life-changing message of God’s salvation in the novel.
I would like this to be the book the makes “apocalyptic” a Christian word again. This can be the book that gives some kids a second thought about God, when they might have dismissed Him as meaningless otherwise.
David Alan Shorts’ King of Tennessee is a young adult novel that seeks to impart wisdom and life lessons through a strange occurrence and its aftermath in the life of a 12-year-old boy named Stewart Rainquest. Stewart, a self-proclaimed punk, is a modern-day Tom Sawyer with a mile-long rap sheet for petty offenses, and he lives with his Grams until one fateful day when suddenly almost everyone in his podunk town of Tabersville, Tennessee vanishes. For a while it’s a dream come true, but it quickly morphs into a nightmare when a biker gang terrorizes what remains of the town, including Stewart’s new friend, Gina, a teenage girl battling cancer. For all of Stewart’s delinquent behavior, he does begin to see himself in a new light when he is more or less alone in the world, and later through Gina.
Confronted with mortality for the first time, Stewart has to look within himself and make decisions that will impact his future now and for eternity. For much of the story, Stewart is a rather unlikeable character, and intentionally so. He represents the sinful part in all of us that rebels and wants us to put ourselves first at the expense of others. His friendship with Gina, however, sparks a consuming flame within him to seek out meaning beyond his own desires. The book of Revelation opens his eyes to the spiritual battle raging around us and illuminates how vital our faith and our salvation in Jesus truly are. A survival tale that extends beyond the physical realm, King of Tennessee raises questions that teens and adults alike need to consider. At the end of the day, who and what are we living for, and are we prepared to spend eternity according to that decision? “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son” (John 3:18).
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
My rating: 5 stars ♥♥♥♥♥
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