“The Mafia and The Saints” by Todd Lincoln Richards - IHIBRP 5-Star Book Review
A Nostalgic, Thought-Provoking, Feel-Good Read!
When a group of boys decides to create a gang in their school that they dub the “Mafia”, the events that follow change their lives, and others’, in ways they could never possibly imagine.
Todd Lincoln Richards writes a captivating, inspirational, and motivating coming-of-age story for both teens and adults in “The Mafia and The Saints”. The way in which Richards is able to reach back into the minds of adolescents and express their thoughts in a clear and candid manner that is age-appropriate is truly remarkable. The author’s portrayal of his main protagonist, young Jimmy—a popular, smart-as-a-whip character that many of his peers look up to for friendship and guidance—represents a genuine model for adolescent thinking. Jimmy and the other boys’ cavalier, Truth or Dare attitude accurately reflects the attitudes of many real-life youngsters who are approaching the threshold of their teenage years. Richards’ depiction of the difficult choices his characters make in times of strife and adversity, the effects those choices have on others, and the paths they lead to is practical and, quite often, poignant.
As hard lessons are learned, and grave situations are dealt with, so the characters in “The Mafia and The Saints” grow up and mature. Like many of us, their absolution lies in their ability to look back on their many mistakes and misdeeds and find not only triumph but hope and pride in whatever positive actions were taken as a result.
Richards lends a unique perspective on education through the strong male and female characters driving this amazingly life-like story. While adolescents and teens will enjoy a story that stirs their imaginations and speaks to them about many of the issues they might encounter in their own lives, parents, mentors, and teachers will approve of the messages held between the pages of this delightful clean read.
“The Mafia and The Saints” contains material suitable for ages 10 and up. I highly recommend this novel for teachers, student counselors, coaches, therapists, teen advocates, and parents looking for insight on adolescent behavior, and for preteens, teens, and adults who simply wish to enjoy a nostalgic, thought-provoking, feel-good read.
Congratulations to the author on this award-winning story! This novel will be permanently featured on my website at AuthorJBRichards.com under IHIBRP 5 Star Recommended Reads!
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