Speak No Evil

Speak No Evil Taylor Dixon knew having his younger sister at camp would be a pain but he never expected the pain to go so deep At Taylor dreams of getting his driver s license and driving race cars when he s o

  • Title: Speak No Evil
  • Author: Mary L. Hamilton
  • ISBN: 9781938708510
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Paperback
  • Taylor Dixon knew having his younger sister at camp would be a pain, but he never expected the pain to go so deep.At 15, Taylor dreams of getting his driver s license and driving race cars when he s older His sister, Marissa, is the only one who believes in his dream, but her adventurous spirit keeps landing him in trouble Consequently, Dad won t let him get his licenseTaylor Dixon knew having his younger sister at camp would be a pain, but he never expected the pain to go so deep.At 15, Taylor dreams of getting his driver s license and driving race cars when he s older His sister, Marissa, is the only one who believes in his dream, but her adventurous spirit keeps landing him in trouble Consequently, Dad won t let him get his license and predicts Taylor is heading for the same jail cell as his once favored older brother.Taylor returns to Rustic Knoll Bible Camp expecting softball, swimming and sermons Then he finds a classic Mustang in the camp s garage and jumps at the owner s invitation to help restore it But when Marissa falls for his snobbish cabin mate, the war of words and pranks escalates until it threatens both the car and his dreams for the future.Will Taylor fulfill Dad s prediction and end up in jail Or will he finally learn the Truth found in the old car s engine

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    • Lisa Godfrees says:

      I just finished reading Mary Hamilton's Speak No Evil - the 2nd in her Rustic Knoll Camp series. This is middle-grade fiction with a boy protagonist--a hard combination to find in a book. It deals with cars and bullying, sneaking out, and covering up for your friends, all from the perspective of the bully in the first book in her series (Hear No Evil). We get to tear back the veil and see what motivates someone to do and say mean and hateful things.The best part of both books, but especially thi [...]

    • Wilani Wahl says:

      Wow! This is a book I did not want to put down. It is aimed for readers aged 8-12. I think kids will love to read this book. I loved the message of the book. This is a book that will guide children and teens into a right direction. I have not read the first book in the series but I want to read it now. The author did a great job in referring to the first book so I would know what is happening. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series which will be out in 2015. I was given a complimentar [...]

    • Cindi Klemm says:

      I loved this book. very appropriate for kids ages 8 and up. The author has done a great job providing a wonderful message in a story format that kids will actually understand and enjoy.Taylor was a bully last year at camp.Taylor is very selfish and jealous of others. He likes cars but his dad is a football coach and refuses to allow his son to even study and get a driver license. Taylor has spent his life watching out for his younger sister. His sister, Marisa, is always getting in all sorts of [...]

    • Mary Sidwell says:

      The Christian camp setting at the Rustic Knoll campground immediately evokes summer and young people and group games as the story focuses on a teen boy’s struggles to get along with a critical father and to think about his relationship with God. I liked the attempts to weave in typical “boy” interests, such as the descriptions of some of the competitive team games and several scenes about restoring a classic car, because it can be hard to find books that boys will read. The camp setting al [...]

    • Jackie says:

      Speak No Evil is a captivating story, that is realistic and teaches valuable life lessons. The characters in the book are so well developed that they become the readers' friends. Once I started reading, it was hard to put the book down. The author, Mary L. Hamilton has a thorough understanding of how youths relate to each other and how they struggle with feelings and temptations. Her descriptions of camp life are accurate and inviting. The ending of the book was very satisfying, as the life less [...]

    • Sandy Quandt says:

      Before leaving him at church camp, Taylor’s father tells him to take care of his younger sister and stay out of trouble to prove he’s responsible enough to get his driver’s license. Easier said than done. Between days filled with competitions both on and off the playing field, and evenings in chapel service, Taylor finds time to help Mr. Rodriquez restore his 1970 Mustang. Something Taylor has a passion for. When the Mustang ends up in the lake, and all fingers point to Taylor, will he be [...]

    • Shari Howe says:

      This book is sure to be a hit with it’s targeted age group of early teens. It has just enough mischief and pranks to make it fun for kids to read while challenging them to grow and learn from the message that is shared. The author has done a wonderful job of painting word pictures and object lessons which will appeal to the reader while not being overly “preachy” The plan of salvation is clearly presented as well as how to grow in Christ as everyday situations and attitudes are explored in [...]

    • Peggy says:

      Speak No Evil, Mary Hamilton's second book in her three-book series for tweens and teens, is another can't-put-down story set at Rustic Knoll Camp. This time, the action centers around Taylor, the bully from the first book, Hear No Evil. Taylor arrives at camp with his younger sister in tow, his dad, who thinks he's nothing but trouble waiting to happen, and an attitude in need of an overhaul. Plenty of action from beginning to end kept me reading and rooting for Taylor as he fights to protect h [...]

    • Brooke says:

      “Speak No Evil” is an entertaining and enlightening story. I like the twists and lessons and how Mary Hamilton wove them together. TAYLOR is like a lot of middle grade boys in that he is misunderstood by his parents. To be honest, TAYLOR doesn’t understand himself either. But when receives salvation, he finally gets peace and understanding. Oh-and it has a little suspense as well.Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for my honest review.

    • Lill Kohler says:

      In Speak No Evil, Mary L Hamilton has allowed us to see the struggles of a misunderstood teenager to be the person he is inside. Through various missteps and glimpses of how others see him, he faces the challenges that come his way. Only at the end do we see how God works to bring about victory in his life. It's definitely a must read book for children as well as parents.I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

    • Lee says:

      What a fun book to read! I loved the whole setting of the story and the teens involved. Set at the Rustic Knoll Bible Camp, Taylor is a teenage boy who loves cars and gets to help work on a classic car in this story. Taylor's sister, Marissa is also at the camp and tends to look for adventure and trouble while her brother always steps in and takes the blame. It's a good read that has you experiencing the camp and all the games, devotions and water activities right along with the ones in the stor [...]

    • Cheryl says:

      Another wonderful story from Mary Hamilton! How perfect to get into the mindset of the “bully”—to see what makes Taylor tick and why he does what he does. Speak No Evil is an amazing adventure through Taylor Dixon’s struggles and life-changing events that bring him to the realization of who he is in Christ and what it means to follow Him. The story is fast-paced, yet the timeline is believable and makes sense. None of us changes overnight. Neither does Taylor. He travels a rough path, fi [...]

    • Helen Stevison says:

      I received an early copy of Speak No Evil by Mary Hamilton. The characters in this book will become your friends and you will be rooting for them from page one till the end. While this is written for the teen/pre-teen crowd it is a delight to read at any age. We all need to find those times in life when we aren't perfect and are met with forgiveness and grace and a chance at redemption. Such a story is this, with life lessons through out. I highly recommend it for anyone from Mimis (me) to their [...]

    • Deb Garland says:

      Speak No Evil, the second book in the Rustic Knoll Bible Camp series is a rapid-fire read that captivated me from start to finish. Author, Mary Hamilton, knows teens and tweens, especially boys! Who wouldn’t want to read about Taylor Dixon as he helps restore a classic 1970 Mustang and earns an opportunity to study for his driver’s license at age 15? Whoa…but how does he do this at camp? Youth, parents, and teachers will appreciate the antics Taylor goes through that break him free of othe [...]

    • Ann Wilds says:

      Mary Hamilton's second novel, Speak No Evil, returns us to Rustic Knoll Bible Camp. In it, fifteen year old Taylor Dixon, the bully from book one, dreams of cars and the freedom they bring while living under the shadow of his father's certain belief that Taylor is trouble waiting to happen. Taylor makes plenty of mistakes at camp but through his sacrifice for his younger sister he gains insight into Christ's sacrifice for all. Young readers are certain to enjoy this book. I received a complimen [...]

    • Julie Cosgrove says:

      Mary Hamilton has done it again- she vividly captures the struggles, antics and hearts of teens at a summer camp. In Speak No Evil, we learn a loud-mouth prankster has another side to him, and that is the side God can tap into to bring about good, if someone will give this kid a chance and not prejudge him. Great for kids, and parents as well. Well done. You will want to read this until the end.

    • Stephenie Hovland says:

      I like middle grade books, but haven't read a ton of Christian fiction for this age. So, I was glad to get a review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.From page one, you can tell this is written with boys in mind. Cars and girls! So, I was wondering how the author would balance that stuff with a Christian message without it sounding too much like a "lesson." She did it perfectly by putting it in the setting of a Bible camp.This book, like camp, is full of teenagers, camp ga [...]

    • Jean Williams says:

      Speak No Evil is a middle grade novel about Taylor and his sister Marissa who are at summer camp. Taylor is responsible for Marissa, and she is a handful who wants to have fun. If anything goes wrong with Marissa, Taylor will be in trouble with their dad. If he's in trouble with Dad, Taylor will not be allowed to have a drivers license. Big trouble does come--with Taylor creating some mischief of his own--and it comes with Marissa's flippant attitude and who she runs around with at camp. I enjoy [...]

    • Debi Kyle nixon says:

      This book was so well written because it speaks to people of any age. The struggles of Taylor and his sister Marisa, as well as others in the camp are true to everyday life. This is a book that anyone could and should read, because it shows that no matter your age, God is there to help you in whatever struggles you are dealing with.I now must go read the first book and wait patiently for the next book in the series. I know Mary from middle and high school and know that what she is writing about [...]

    • Ginger Solomon says:

      Another awesome middle-grade/YA novel by Mary Hamilton. The second book in the Rustic Knoll Bible Camp series, Speak No Evil shares the gospel message in a way kids can understand without being preachy. While I would highly suggest reading Hear No Evil, it is not necessary in order to enjoy this book.I loved the illustrations Zeke drew, and the word picture at the end. Even if Jesus has been in your life for a while, it's a good reminder of what he did for us. I'm glad to see that Taylor grew up [...]

    • Michelle Welsh says:

      I highly recommend Speak No Evil by Mary Hamilton. Taylor lands at camp with his sister who thinks breaking the rules without getting caught is a lot of fun. Her poor choices keep getting worse and landing her brother into trouble because he keeps protecting her and taking the blame until finally he is in such serious trouble and willing to lose everything for her that she has to make a choice. If you want to know what a bad friend looks like and what real love is, you'll find it in this novel. [...]

    • Carol Lee says:

      Taylor is having to live in his older-brother's not so good shadow and doesn't really have anyone pulling for him. When he goes to camp, he finds an opportunity to come out from the shadow and fulfill his dream of cars. This dream almost comes to a halt due to his sister who is also at camp.This is a good book for teens to read to see how decisions made can affect people other than themselves.I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

    • Kim says:

      This is a cute read for all ages. It takes me back to my childhood as I grew up with brothers. All of us at one time or another have been accused or taken the blame for something others have done. I recommend this book and all in the series.

    • Jamii says:

      I received this book through First Reads. I read the first book in the series and immediately had to dive into this one. We see a handful of the characters from the first book return as well as some new characters. You quickly see a new side to a returning character as well as how him and the other characters have grown since the time of the last book. The focus is on returning Taylor and his familial relationships. Mainly his sister who we get to know during the week long camp program. We also [...]

    • Pat says:

      In her second book in the Rustic Knoll Bible Camp series, author Mary Hamilton takes us into the heart and soul of fifteen year old Taylor Dixon, the young man who gave main character Brady McCaul such a bad time in book one.Taylor arrives at camp with his own set of problems, the major one in the form of younger sister Marissa, who accompanies him on this summer’s adventure. Even though he finds his niche assisting a staff member with his classic car restoration project, Taylor feels responsi [...]

    • Stacey says:

      This is the second book of Mary's I've read in the Rustic Knoll Bible Camp series and was so excited to review it for her. I loved the first book! Mary did not disappoint with her second novel. She weaved scripture and solid teaching into the story line in a manner that leaves the reader wanting more. I admire this ability in Mary's writing. She is very gifted. One thing I loved about this series was she used a bully as the main character. Taylor was the kid that tormented everyone in book one. [...]

    • Cynthia says:

      In this story, the main character is the bully from book one of the series. The reader gets a glimpse into the family dynamics that may have contributed to Taylor's behavior in the previous book, and I sympathized with him in his struggles this time. He also shows character growth when he gains a greater understanding of his fellow campers. I'm a Mustang fan, so I connected with his desire to work on the old car in the story and appreciated the much-needed fatherly attention he was shown by the [...]

    • Sadie & Sophie Cuffe says:

      Another winner for the Rustic Knoll Bible Camp! Taylor's a kid you begged NOT to have in your cabin at summer camp. He's surly, rude, and offensive, but through a series of mishaps and misunderstandings, he finds redemption. Mary Hamilton's portrayal of camp life is spot on. The counselors were compassionate, yet fair, in their punishments for offenses; and concerned in helping a young man find his way.I received a complimentary copy of SPEAK NO EVIL from Chalfont House Publishers in exchange fo [...]

    • Kari Trumbo says:

      Taylor is fifteen and car-crazy. He wants nothing more than to get his license and be seen for who he is, not as his brother. His sister, Marissa, is thirteen and impetuous. She is only trying to have fun, but her fun often leads to trouble for Taylor, who is expected to look out for her. They both have some listening to do at camp Rustic Knoll, but will the message come too late?I would recommend this book for anyone who has a middle-grade reader, especially boys with an interest in cars, thoug [...]

    • Laura says:

      Can I just say that I love Claire? I think book three in the series should feature Claire. She's strong, fun, and loyal. Back to this book. I really liked seeing Taylor find his way. The spiritual lessons are woven between action scenes, making a fast, fun read.

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