“Boyle totally hit a nail on a topic I haven’t seen discussed too often. In fact, I think the strongest aspects of this novel revolved around the faith elements. It was refreshing.” -Crown of Beauty Magazine
“From the first sentence I was hooked! I can’t wait to add this book to our young adult collection and share it with the Church Librarians Network. Liz vividly intersects faith with adventure for youth readers and adults of all ages.” -Morlee Maynard, Church Librarians Network
Do you long for adventure, strong morals, and a plot so engaging that you wish to be a part of the story? Avalanche follows five friends, ages eleven to seventeen, through a bigger obstacle than most adults have encountered. Join their compelling journey to safety.
Take a look at what Avalanche’s narrator Marlee says:
Have you ever been tempted to take a risk even though your conscience was screaming at you? Were you able to justify the pursuit of the thrill, actually convincing yourself that what you knew to be the unwise decision made perfect sense?
I did. So did my sisters. And so did Sawyer and Marshall Miles. When Sawyer first proposed the idea of the moonlit summit on our families’ annual backpacking trip, I was terrified. But I was also hooked. Sawyer convinced us that we would be fine, and we would be back to camp before our parents woke up with the sunrise.
Hearts racing and hands trembling, we five kids snuck away from camp in the middle of the night. Hiking toward the peak, the full moon was breathtaking, the wildlife abundant, and the experience unreal.
It became a whole lot more unreal when an avalanche, roaring, white and enormous, thundered into our path. Buried in the packed snow, I would have given anything to go back in time and change my decision to go along with this foolish idea.
Digging out of the cemented snow was the first of many challenges in the coming days. Physically, emotionally and spiritually, we were all pushed to our limits.
I had always loved hiking Colorado’s peaks. But, of course, I had never had to evacuate my own sister. I had always trusted Dad’s orienteering. Now I had to trust Sawyer, who, by the way, was the brain behind this dilemma. I usually slept best while backpacking. But, mountain nights are warmer when spent in a sleeping bag. But I can’t let my mind go there. I must keep a positive outlook and trust God to bring us to safety. That’s easier said than done.
Avalanche is a Christian teen and young adult novel. This engaging journey, told by fifteen-year-old Marlee Stanley, captures a timeless sense of adventure. The five young adults strive to exhibit godly character throughout their escapade, but they have not been in such a dire situation before. It will take immense strength and cooperation to hike out of this mess.
Praise for Avalanche
“I know that if their journey inspired me, it will certainly inspire others…Boyle has brought YA fans an uplifting, adventurous novel.” -A Baker’s Perspective
“Teens can learn a lot from these characters…Those who are looking for clean alternatives to mainstream YA will find this an excellent adventure book.” -Anonymously Allyson
“I loved the ending. It hit all the happy feel good spots that it needed to, and it wrapped up the story with all the warm fuzzies possible.” -Nia F.
“Avalanche surprised me with its depth…a 5-star read…” -For the Love of Literature
“The first time I read it I couldn’t wait to read more…” -Miranda G.
“I would not hesitate to add Avalanche to a k-12 Christian school library.” -Library Lady’s Kid Lit
“….it was very vivid, and real…Very exciting beginning.” -Hannah G.
“It is a perfect read for teens where they will find lessons about encouraging each other, trusting God and never giving up.” – Texas Book-aholic