Official Review: The Light in the Trees by Jeff Van Valer

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Official Review: The Light in the Trees by Jeff Van Valer

Post by kdstrack » 01 Jun 2018, 13:25

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Light in the Trees" by Jeff Van Valer.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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The Light in the Trees by Jeff Van Valer is a novel written for young adults. The book tells the story of Ted and how one summer altered his life. He arrived at camp, a lonely and grieving, 12-year-old boy. He left as a man, carrying a secret that matured him by several years. What happened at White Birch Camp?

A group of young boys spends the summer camping at the White Birch Camp in upper Michigan. Ted is in Cabin Seven. This is his third year at camp, so he the veteran camper. Ted gives his perspective of what occurred that summer.

And what about the light that Ted sees in the trees across the lake? Initially, he imagines it is his deceased mother talking to him. As the summer progresses, his curiosity mounts. Does he have the courage to investigate the light? What would happen if his camp buddies from Cabin Seven accompanied him?

At first glance, you might think this is merely a book for young people. Your supposition would be wrong. Van Valer writes in a truly compelling way. He creates a tremendous emotional bond between readers and the campers in Cabin Seven. The process of character development that transforms these boys is excellent. The dialogue ties you to the boys as they get acquainted, become friends, and eventually, connive mischief.

The setting is a summer camp out in the woods, far from civilization. It becomes apparent that the author is familiar with the setting he portrays. The descriptions of the area, the trees, the water, the night sky, all place you in the camp along with the boys.

The story line may lead you to believe that the book is about camping activities. This is partially true. Apart from the traditional camp activities of swimming and canoeing, the story goes down different and unexpected paths that surprise the reader. The suspense and mystery build as the boys pull together to put their wild ideas in motion.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The writing impressed me. The author kept my attention and thrilled me with the twists and turns of the story. It was refreshing to read a text with almost no editing flaws.

I highly recommend this well-written story. Young adults will enjoy this novel and relate to the feelings, ideas and situations portrayed. Fans of suspense and mystery will also find this story very satisfying.

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Post by Kemunto lucy » 02 Jun 2018, 00:35

I am curious to know what happened at camp.Thanks for the review.

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Post by arcie72 » 02 Jun 2018, 01:41

Your review was intriguing and provided a great cliffhanger that now has me wondering what happened at camp. The scenery painted sounds wonderful as well. I am so glad it was a well written book. Great job with your review.

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Post by ButterscotchCherrie » 02 Jun 2018, 02:20

Horror and mystery novels are certainly more satisfying when they don't only rely on a suspenseful plot but also create a sense of place and character development. Thanks for a great review!

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Post by IntrovertBooklover » 02 Jun 2018, 02:54

Great review. The summary is interesting. I am looking forward to read this book.

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Post by gen_g » 02 Jun 2018, 04:16

Thank you for your comprehensive review! The premise is interesting, and it seems like an exciting read.

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Post by kdstrack » 02 Jun 2018, 05:58

Kemunto lucy wrote:
02 Jun 2018, 00:35
I am curious to know what happened at camp.Thanks for the review.
You will be surprised!

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Post by kdstrack » 02 Jun 2018, 05:59

gen_g wrote:
02 Jun 2018, 04:16
Thank you for your comprehensive review! The premise is interesting, and it seems like an exciting read.
This is an excellent book. I enjoyed the writing and the story line. Hope you enjoy it, too!

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Post by MsTri » 02 Jun 2018, 10:37

I LOVED going to camp - Camp Fitch, in my case - when I was younger, and my favorite part was the ghost stories around the campfire, so I'm very intrigued to find out what happens at camp! Thanks for the awesome review and introduction!

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Post by kdstrack » 02 Jun 2018, 10:59

MsTri wrote:
02 Jun 2018, 10:37
I LOVED going to camp - Camp Fitch, in my case - when I was younger, and my favorite part was the ghost stories around the campfire, so I'm very intrigued to find out what happens at camp! Thanks for the awesome review and introduction!
This author writes in such vivid language that you will relive your camping days! Hope you enjoy the book.

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Post by Nmadinachi Egwim » 02 Jun 2018, 11:48

Your review is appealing! I would love to read this book when I can.

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Post by kdstrack » 02 Jun 2018, 14:02

Nmadinachi Egwim wrote:
02 Jun 2018, 11:48
Your review is appealing! I would love to read this book when I can.
The book was much more than I was expecting. Hope you like it, too!

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Post by gerryonyango4 » 02 Jun 2018, 14:06

Thank you for such a nice review, I'm really eager to read the book.

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Post by Laura Del » 02 Jun 2018, 15:00

Young adult and a mystery? Sign me up! Also, that cover is so cool; I love it.
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Post by kdstrack » 02 Jun 2018, 15:02

Laura Del wrote:
02 Jun 2018, 15:00
Young adult and a mystery? Sign me up! Also, that cover is so cool; I love it.
It is classified as a young adult novel, but will thrill all ages.

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