autographed by Fred Shott
Great first novel by author Fred W. Schott. The real story of adolescent life is not always pretty and the author relates an intriguing story, though fiction is not a stretch from what could be a real life situation. He tastefully weaves in to the novel the work of caring adults, a not-for-profit organization and the church working together to combat the negative influences of gangs and drugs on youth.
I found his Christian perspective of real life, including violent street life, extremely refreshing. I especially enjoyed his views of a church with pastors who truly know what it is to "be the church."
It is also a delightful change to experience a representation of a terrific organization like Boys and Girls Club and the wonderful, valuable work they do for kids highlighted in quality fiction. This novel is fresh, exciting, and a real page-turner, especially towards the conclusion. When good and evil tangle, the outcome is almost never as obviously cut and dried as it so often seems in fiction. In "When Sparrows Fall," Schott does a truly commendable, real-life job of combining complex characters with difficult situations and making a believable case for Christian faith, good guys, and the opportunity to make a valuable difference in your own community.
"When Sparrows Fall" is a great read for Christians and non-Christians alike. I highly recommend it!