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amanda m thrasher⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ FIVE STAR REVIEW READERS’ FAVORITE
for Captain Fin
Captain Fin is a work of young adult fiction penned by author Amanda M. Thrasher and adapted from a screenplay by Kevin James O’Neill. In this tale, we find our hero Hannah Gunner in a state of turmoil regarding the secrets unveiled about her life. Hannah doesn’t really know the full particulars of who she is, and so she forms a trio of inquirers with her boyfriend Cash and best friend Lindsay to discover the truth about herself. She must distinguish between memories and dreams to uncover reality, coming face to face with the ghosts of her past and the elusive Captain that haunts her still. This is a fascinating tale that certainly has much to offer its young adult readers, with likeable lead characters, hidden treasure and secrets, as well as important social issues about growing up, learning who you really are, and having that sense of self put to the test by the information and people you face in the wider world. Hannah is an endearing lead character whom author Amanda M. Thrasher makes very likable and relatable, and I enjoyed the unreliability of the memories and secrets she has to deal with. This enhances the overall plot with plenty of twists and suspense, making it all the more exciting when moments of real truth do emerge for us to put the pieces of Hannah’s life together. Overall, Captain Fin is a strong work of teen identity, adventure, mystery and plenty of hijinks to keep its readers entertained.  
    – Reviewed By  K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite
 
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ When you open the cover and begin this book, Captain Fin will pull you in!

When you open Captain Fin beware Matey, you will never be the same having read it!  As an actor plays a role, it becomes a part of them, as a reader reads, this book will become a part of you. It is about love, forgiveness, moving forward and letting the past pass and living for the horizon line. I am a mother, grandmother, and educator who has worked with behaviors for 30 years.  The impact of the impressions made on this First Matey, Hannah, made it possible for this young girl who had to grow up too fast, and without every piece of her life’s puzzle, bearable in times of crisis when she truly had nothing but her precious memories. This is a valuable lesson for anyone who wants to feel the glorious love of being treasured!  Captain Fin is an absolute treasure!  Get this treasure, feel this treasure and become treasure for having read it! There are great messages within these pages!  Author Amanda Thrasher always makes sure of that, but as a person who simply loves a good book, it is just a great read! Rhonda Jennings – Author – Special Education Teacher

 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ CAPTAIN Fin by Amanda M. Thrasher is a perfect young adult fiction where you have a powerful protagonist, trusty friends and a mystery to solve. I loved the storyline and I loved how well the characters meshed together. Hannah, Lindsey, and Cash made a great team together; their chemistry and their ability to work together just made the novel even more interesting. YA fiction can easily go horribly wrong, but Thrasher did something incredibly right with this one. 
This is the story of Hannah, a young girl who has no idea what her past is and who she is supposed to be. She struggles with the idea of herself, so when she finds a chest of letters that might give her an inkling of who she is, she grabs it with both hands. However, they are not giving her all the answers she needs so she gets help from her close friend Lindsey and her boyfriend Cash to make sense of her life. The three of them band together to find anything that would give them answers about Hannah’s past.
Hannah is adorable, resilient and very determined. She is definitely one of my favorite female characters. She does not cry at every opportunity, she does not wait for Cash and Lindsey to make the answers appear out of thin air, and she definitely does not wait for someone else to solve her problems for her. I enjoyed her story; I enjoyed how the three of them worked together as a team. They had each other’s back and ensured the others were safe. I loved it! 
– Reviewed By Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite
 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️CAPTAIN Fin by Amanda M. Thrasher is a novel that explores what secrets can do to a young soul. Hannah Gunner knows that she can never be the lovely, free-spirited person she once was and when her identity crisis takes a toll on her, she begins to look for answers. With her boyfriend Cash by her side and Lindsey, her closest friend, she undertakes the journey to unveil the truth about her past. An old box filled with musty letters fills in some of the blanks but leaves her wanting more. Her only hope of getting to the bottom of the lies she has been told is the captain. But can she succeed in tracking him down? 

This novel answers the question: Why does the truth matter so much in the life of a young woman? Readers encounter a compelling character in Hannah and she evokes their sympathy by the fact that she is genuinely flawed. The story has a strong premise; a young woman feels deeply that she is not what she has been made to believe she is, and her life experiences a lot of tension and lack of peace because of this doubt. The suspense nags at the reader as they want to know if Hannah can put all the pieces together. Captain Fin is emotionally rich, psychologically disturbing and downright entertaining. A breezy read for fans of young adult literature that deals with social issues. One of those novels I had to read through the entire night.
– Reviewed By Ruffina Oserio for Readers’ Favorite
 
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Captain Fin Will Capture Your Imagination!
May 24, 2019 Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase 
 

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ The Greenlee Project by Amanda thrasher is a brilliantly written story about a selected few students who are considered to be the B.P. (Beautiful People) who truly believe that it is they who run the high school that they attend in today’s electronic society. The story begins with Greenlee Granger, a fourteen-year-old girl who is going through a huge social dilemma at school. After her father drops her off at school, instead of going inside, she decides to take a long ride on a public bus. Time doesn’t seem to exist until she finally gets let off, God knows where in a town 20 miles away. She finally gets back to reality and calls her father to pick her up.

From here the story unfolds as you get to know her circle of friends and social status, as well as the cute new boy that just transferred to her school. Clay joins the football team because he was the star quarterback where he came from. Now he has to prove himself and make the team. When it comes time for him to be initiated, he is allowed to decide the ritual and sets out to make it a memorable one, so he proposes “The Greenlee Project.” The only people that can know about the initiation are his new teammates. That is until queen bee, Laurel, sets her sights on Clay as well.

Amanda Thrasher does a superb job of describing the intense situations that arise when the elite crowd’s attention is threatened by those that they feel are beneath them. Ms. Thrasher also delivers the pressures that the B.P. experience to maintain their status quo. All of her characters are well developed and, by the end of this powerful story, Amanda adds some unexpected surprises that really put a twist in the outcome. The Greenlee Project is an eye-opening, powerfully written book that I highly recommend for teenagers, faculty, and parents. Well done! – Reviewed by Stephen Fisher for Readers’ Favorite – 2017 International Book Award Winner – YA Social Issues

Lone Star Literary Blog Book Tour – CAPTAIN FIN A “stirring, yet a whimsical story that is truly compelling!”

Don’t let the idea that this is an adaptation of a screenplay create negative connotations. This is every much a work on its own and a beautifully rendered story for young adults that details the tragic side of unintended consequences. Every choice has ripples, and the author skillfully showcases this in a touching and thought-provoking manner.
 
Beginning at Hannah’s early childhood, we are introduced to a loving and extremely attentive family that quickly finds themselves surrounded by terrible misfortune. While adversity seems to follow the Gunner family, they also serve as shining beacons of hope. As Hannah grows into young adulthood, she holds on to her precious memories of Captain Fin, which ultimately stand in for all the moments she missed as a result of her father’s absence. Frequent moves with her mother that force her to frequently start over make it difficult for Hannah to build a connection with others in the way that she experienced with Captain Fin. With time, he becomes the only father she can recall. A final return move to her hometown leads to unexpected blessings in friendship and love. When she is confronted with the unthinkable truth, Hannah has now amassed a wealth of strength that she can now draw from and use to carry her through additional hardship. 
 
Written with teenagers in mind, the author captures Hannah’s teenage voice and character with absolute astuteness that makes her both relatable and realistic; however, this story will not be lost on an adult audience. In fact, it would serve to remind older readers what it was like to be a teen again, and in some cases, potentially opening up the path to communication with a youth that may have become obstructed somewhere along the way. None of us is ever to old to learn from someone else, and sometimes the best teachers are the youngest ones among us. This is a slow-burning saga filled with intensity,  drama, and angst, but every word matters, and paints the ultimate portrait of merriment even in the face of heartache.
 
The story also welcomes a handful of perspectives from characters surrounding Hannah’s life that adds layers to the storytelling, while also contributing to our sense of understanding. However, as is the case most often in life, not all questions are answered, and sometimes, that’s just the way it’s going to be. In this regard, the author deftly approaches the concept of finality in such a way that both older and younger readers can emotionally understand. An additional aspect of the writing that I enjoyed and felt works amazingly well for teen readers was the use of short poems at the opening of each chapter, which functioned as a novel in verse within a novel! What an extraordinary treat that not only set the tone, but put us inside the mind of that character, fleshing out their development even further. 
Overall, a stirring, yet whimsical story that is truly compelling!
 
Lone Star Literary Book Tour -CAPTAIN FIN by Author Amanda M. Thrasher “really wrapped itself around my heart and tugged hard.”

Captain Fin is the story of Hannah Gunner’s life after a tragic event hits her family, of how one lie can spiral out of control, and of how that lie is unwound and rectified. It’s a story about how a father’s memory helps a young girl cope with change and challenges as she grows up.

Confession time: I *might* have had a few doubts about a novel based on a screenplay – after all, we all know the book is better than the movie, so what happens when the screenplay comes first? Well, Amanda M Thrasher quickly cast away any doubts I might have about this scenario as Captain Fin was an incredible example of storytelling. Her writing quickly drew me into the story and I was lost to everything else outside – it was so engaging, I read this book in one day. I also don’t believe that the synopsis does the story the justice it deserves. This is a quiet book whose plot slowly unfolds. The characters are layered, real and relatable, and the storytelling is emotional and beautiful. It really wrapped itself around my heart and tugged hard.

Why hadn’t the Captain come home already, thought Hannah, and dismissed this scallywag-turned-tyrant, so they could eat supper, and she could take her bath, and then she could go to Treasure Island with her dad before bed? No, that wasn’t right. She had meant she could go to Treasure Island with the Captain before bed! Where was the Captain, and why was her mom holding her so tightly? Why hadn’t the Captain come home? And where was her dad, anyway?

The pain of a father’s absence, frequent moves, and forced new starts drive a bright-eyed, happy little girl deep into herself, and it’s not until the final move back to their hometown that Hannah lets herself reach out to others. Thrasher captures the teenaged Hannah and really fleshes out her character. This is a truly moving story that ultimately triumphs, but not before she puts your heart through the wringer! I found myself crying at home as Hannah faces a devastating moment, and later at the hair salon as the story moved in a direction I hadn’t anticipated (those were tears of relief and joy!) If you can bring me to tears, you’ve done your job well, so well done, Ms. Thrasher. I suppose I should put a mascara warning on my 4-star review! Captain Fin is written for a YA audience but fares well for adult readers also. What a delight this book is – a lovely summer read for anyone.


⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Bitter Betrayal is a riveting and MUST read for teens and parents alike. This book offers an honest and realistic view of the tough choices and situations that can too often destroy a teenager’s life. Only through open dialogue can we hope to educate ourselves and prevent such common tragedies from happening. The real topics addressed in this book cannot be ignored and has the potential to save a teenager’s life. As a mother of teenagers, a daughter, and a son, I highly recommend Bitter Betrayal.

Lynn Groff, LMSW
Licensed Master Social Worker
Owner Primrose School of N.E.
Green Oaks

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Bitter Betrayal should be a must-read for tweens and teens! Where do I begin? The story, Bitter Betrayal, by Author, Amanda Thrasher, is not just a book it’s a valuable lesson for anyone on the planet that uses technology. This moral message is a warning that, if ignored, could prove to be devastating and life-altering.

I seriously couldn’t put it down! The title, Bitter Betrayal, alone, kept me intrigued; I knew something big was coming. Just when I was grateful for a chapter ending, (so I could get on with the rest of my life) the title of the next chapter kept me sucked in, and turning pages.

I truly thought I would be able to relax after the pinnacle moments of betrayal but that was not the case. I had to know how it ended and the discussion questions at the end of the book kept me thinking for days.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Author Amanda Thrasher never lets the reader get away easy about choosing sides. Bitter Betrayal is no exception! Read it; the significance within its pages can change lives!  Rhonda Jennings – Special Education Teacher Bitter Betrayal is a game changer in a world where Society claims there are no rulesAmanda Thrasher is a word magician who grabs her readers from page one to pull them into the devastating roller coaster ride of two teens flirting with premarital sex and underage drinking, not understanding the consequences that will follow them for the rest of their lives. Written with just the right amount of true-life, raw emotion without being slutty, Bitter Betrayal should be required reading for today’s teens who are constantly bombarded with the lies of Hollywood.  – Award-winning children’s author Donna Frisinger


Amanda;

I stayed up last night and finished Bitter Betrayal and thought it was a great read for young adults! You did a superb job of capturing high school angst and peer relationships! I appreciated how you kept the language mature, and yet managed to relate to tweens who really need the message as well.

We thank you so much for the donated copy and will proudly place it in circulation.
I can think of several patrons who would appreciate reading the book and will be grateful. I’ve always believed that one of the best things about reading books is to be able to experience difficult situations and decisions through reading about them before having to experience them! This book does that!

Thanks so much!
Sue Ellen Shaw 
East Parker County Library


⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ A Compelling and Necessary Read

Having read Ms. Thrasher’s book The Greenlee Project, I knew that Bitter Betrayal would be just as compelling, just as brutally honest, and just as necessary. Hear me now: these are not easy books to read. They’re not your typical good-time YA romances. They are very real books dealing with very harsh realities that today’s teenagers face, particularly in our world of modern technology and social media.
Overall, this book is an excellent read. At first, upon finishing it, I thought that I would have ended it differently. But then, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that this is exactly how life often plays out. Fiction tends to wrap itself up and tie all the loose ends together and see to it that everyone pays the price for their actions, but that’s not the way that real life works. That’s what I love so much about Ms. Thrasher’s books. She isn’t afraid to write for truth or to discuss those topics that are so often ignored and yet so very relevant to teens today. – By Jacqueline E. Smith


⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ BITTER BETRAYAL is a very well written story and I went through the chapters in almost no time. I am no longer a teenager or even a young adult, but I enjoyed reading about Payton, Reece, and the other teens – though I have to admit that I was really glad the author gave the full meaning of certain text message abbreviations. I would otherwise not have understood some of them (shows my age). The story is quite authentic and I can easily imagine these kinds of things happening for real. I think this novel is great for young readers to teach them about what kinds of consequences certain behavior could have, e.g. drinking too much and being in the wrong place at the wrong time under the wrong circumstances. A book like this would be great for English literature lessons in schools – it could be used to start discussions and teach kids the importance of honesty and taking responsibility for your own actions. There are many lessons to be learned from Payton and I feel that kids these days often do not get these lessons from anybody, and then have to learn these things the hard and painful way.

Reviewed By Ankita Shula for Readers’ Favorite 


⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Bitter Betrayal by Amanda M. Thrasher is a book with a purpose. She aims at educating teenagers about how their idea of “just having fun” can actually spoil their future. Payton, a sixteen-year-old teenager, is head-over-heels in love with Reece, a senior at a different school. In her head, she can see herself marrying Reece and spending the rest of her life with him. As romantic as it sounds, their teenage love — like any other love — has its own share of problems. Although Reece keeps trying to go all the way with Payton, she respectfully declines him every time. She is not ready to go down that road, just yet. She second guesses her decision every now and then, but is determined to wait until she is ready. Trouble knocks on their door when the coach’s daughter, Stacie, enters their lives. The green eyed monster is blinding Payton with jealousy and this is affecting her romantic life with Reece.

The author, Amanda M. Thrasher, has highlighted one very important problem that follows when teenagers consume alcohol. Being a teenager is difficult enough as it is, but adding alcohol doesn’t make it any easier. The book is not just about the after effects of consuming alcohol; it also focuses on how it might impact the teenagers and their families. With the social media boom, can any secret remain buried for long? Bitter Betrayal is written in a very impressive style. Payton’s conflicting thoughts and inner struggles would seem relatable to every teenage girl who is in love. There are so many emotions to deal with that Payton finds herself mostly overwhelmed. Reece, like any other teenage boy, finds his girlfriend’s emotions annoying and irrational. He is, however, not a negative character. He respects Payton’s decision to wait until she is ready. He doesn’t push her to give in to his desires. There is a lot to learn from this book. I wish that parents would encourage their teenagers to read Bitter Betrayal and learn from it. An impressive plot, excellent story-telling, and smooth development of the story make this very readable.5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!By Sara ~  Format: Kindle Edition|Verified PurchaseI love Amanda’s style. She puts herself in the shoes of all of her characters and makes their side of the stories, with their perspectives and emotions, come to life. You’re happy when they’re happy, and you hurt when they hurt. She draws you in, making it so hard to put her books down!
Amanda has a knack for recounting very real events/situations. It is so unfortunate that situations such as these occur, and Amanda’s way of raising awareness around them is probably one of the best ways to prevent future occurrences. Possibly one of the saddest things to see is how society has evolved with the prevalence of technology and social media. Yes, there are some wonderful benefits of being so connected and having access to just about all of the information you might ever need at your finger tips. However, this interconnectedness also enables us to make rash decisions before we’ve even had a chance to process possible consequences. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to fully comprehend long-term consequences of any action, especially when we have any number of things influencing us either consciously or subconsciously. While Amanda focuses on these issues in teens, they are experienced by people of all ages. It is for that reason that I believe a broader audience would benefit greatly from reading this book. We can all have a profoundly positive impact on our own well-being and that of others, we just need to be aware of what to look for. Thank you, Amanda, for bringing these issues to light!


Gold Recipients of Mom’s Choice Awards Honoring Excellence

The Greenlee Projectby Amanda M. Thrasher – The Greenlee Project is a captivating fictional story addressing critical real-life issues that tweens and teens face today. Bullying and cyber-bullying are part of our society today that has had tragic consequences for many.  Amanda Thrasher, is a talented author, who has delivered a story that is both compelling and also thought-provoking.  You can feel the emotions of each of the characters as the story unfolds along this journey. It will leave you with the desire to change the world around you and to talk to others about the increasing severity of bullying and cyber-bullying. With the discussion questions included, this is an excellent choice for  book-clubs and middle school language arts classes. Such a critical and important story. – Lisa Robinson, CFLE, OK


⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ The Ghost of Whispering Willow by Amanda M. Thrasher – will capture middle school and older readers with its fast-moving plot and likable characters. Suffused with warmth and love, it provides a theme that is largely missing in the world of books but sorely needed. Two best friends learn to accept the cooperation of four girls as they attempt to befriend the ghosts they think they have sighted. The success of their efforts puts the kids in the middle of an intense battle they never could have envisioned. All is achieved without the direct help of parents, making the children learn resourcefulness.

Three of the actual characters, Krista, Alley & Kendall

The plot is well constructed as it is paced intelligently and maintains the reader’s interest. One element of the clever crafting can be found on page 124: it is the very middle page of the book and on it the major turn in the plot occurs. I first discovered this middle page phenomenon in the French author Pierre Loti, in his novel Pêcheur d’Islande (Iceland Fisherman). The main character’s younger brother, who had been injured in Viet Nam is returning to France on a hospital boat, but dies precisely when the boat passes the Equator on the longest day of the year, at the moment the sun dips under the horizon, at the middle of the world in the middle of the year, precisely at the middle page of the novel. I thought it was amazing, maybe unique. But years later, I found in Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose what is most central to the theme of the book happening on the very middle page and I have found something similar in a few other books. This is the mark of a writer and I have found it again. Some of the most solid literature these days is being written for children and teens. The Ghost of Whispering Willow joins the list. – David A. Bedford, Ph.D. Instructor of Spanish- TCU
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⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Genre: Children’s  Title:   Sadie’s Fairy Tea Party

Sadie has a fairy friend named Violet, who visits when everyone else is asleep. Violet has a talent for fixing things with her fairy dust. She prepares a lovely tea party for Sadie with Rose Hip tea and Teacakes and Sadie is very impressed. She is surprised when Violet gives her a fairy friendship gift. The moral of the story is kindness, appreciation and friendship, all very valuable life lessons The story is short and very sweet with enchanting illustrations. At the end of the story is a question and answer section for parents to ask the child. This encourages listening and comprehension and is a definite asset to the book. This is followed by a coloring section and an activity page, where the child can be involved in making a lovely craft. I know my granddaughters will love this little book. Highly Recommended by Reviewer:  Shirley Roe, Allbooks Review Int. www.allbooksreviewint.com


Dear Amanda,

My name is Jeremy McNair, and I am the Site Director for the YMCA program at Butler Elementary School. This past Monday, you came and spoke to my students about your books and the writing processes behind them. The past two days since then have been completely filled with the kids telling me how much they learned from and enjoyed your presentation. I wish I could take the time to tell you every story, but I’ve typed up several of the letters that they’ve written to you and copied them to the end of this email. Your drive and passion were well received and noted by all the children and staff, and I know that your impact will resonate in a huge way in all of their lives. Thank you so much for your dedication to your craft, but even more than that, thank you for sharing it with the children at Butler. They were left truly inspired.

– Jeremy McNair


Amanda,

I wanted to thank you for your visits with our students. Your words definitely had an effect on our kids. They have been so energized since your visits. Personally, my daughter Cailey was inspired by your work. She was on line last night researching you and talking about your life and story and how she wanted to be a writer someday.

Thanks again for providing inspiration with your work.

Mike Cobb

Head of Middle School
Director of Summer Programs at Oakridge

Getting back to basics; because, simplicity is a beautiful thing
Beautiful kids, making fairy wings.

Patty Pardue

Ashworth Elementary
Teacher/Librarian


Ms. Thrasher,

I just heard your presentation to one of our grade levels and I am so inspired! I grew up loving to write and writing silly stories about our family. My life long dream is to someday publish a children’s book. Thank you for speaking to us about the writing process and your encouragement!

Lucy Vasquez
Parkway Elementary


Exciting News: Barnes and Noble, Inc. Small Press Department

Small Press Department, Barnes & Noble, Inc. NY, bought ‘The Greenlee Project.’