HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Too Young
Author: A. Bean
Illustrator: Thea Elliot
Publisher: The Rebel Christian Publishing, 2020
Related website(s): http://therebelchristian.com (publisher)
Language level: 2
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 8-12
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Bean, A. Too Young (Published in 2020 by The Rebel Christian Publishing, 141 Sidway St., Buffalo, NY 14210). Ten year old Tatianna T. “Titi” Williams, who with her parents, father Trevor and mother Cecelia, has just moved from Michigan, where she left behind her best friend Sheila, to Arkansas so that her mother can pursue her job as a pediatric brain surgeon, is too young for anything. Her parents say that she is too young to understand why they had to move to a new town and a new school, and all the new neighborhood kids say that she’s too young to hang out with them. All alone, Tatianna turns to her imagination to keep her company; in her dreams, she visits another world that she and Sheila had played, with giant trees, glowing fruit, dancing children, and a mystical white buck. Then Tatianna realizes that her dreams have become reality, but none of her friends can see this new world.
What is happening to Titi? Where is this world which she had been imagining and now seems so real? And will she ever make friends in her new home? This book is listed as Middle-Grade Christian Fantasy. A. Bean, who says, “My plan for writing is to simply bring God glory and expand His Kingdom one child, young adult, and soul at a time,” is identified as a Christian author who writes fictional stories for children that reflect the body of Christ and the Bible. This one could be recommended especially for young people who struggle with identity issues and self worth. There are a couple of euphemisms (gosh, gee) and some childish slang (“stick it up fatso’s butt”), but its message deals with such elements as faith, trusting God, sharing the good news with friends, and bullying. Titi learns that she is never too young to be used by God.