Item description for Playing with Fire (Secret Life of Samantha McGregor) by Melody Carlson...
Overview Just when life seems like it will finally return to normal after Samantha's brother, Zach, completes rehabilitation for his meth addiction, God gives Samantha a series of dreams of Zach going on a binge and reconnecting with a drug buddy, and she must decide whether to risk getting Zach in trouble with the law--or risk his life. Original.
Publishers Description If your vision led you straight into the fire, would you follow it anyway? Samantha's brother, Zach, is finally home after a ninety-day rehab for his meth addiction, and life seems to be getting back to normal. That is, until Sam starts having dreams about dangerous situations involving drugs. But her visions are so vague that she doesn't know who needs help. Of course she's worried about Zach staying clean, especially since he's hanging with the wrong crowd. But the whole school seems to be buzzing about drugs, and Sam doesn't know who's using and who's not. What is wrong with these people anyway? Then Sam has a vision of a burning cabin, and this time someone has been shot. Convinced that Zach is involved somehow, Sam chooses to leave Detective Ebony Hamilton out of the loop. If Zach really "is" involved, this will land him in jail for sure But her own investigation is getting too hot to handle, and Sam must decide whether to risk getting Zach in trouble with the law- or ultimately risk his life.
Community Description Samantha McGregor is an ordinary teenager with an extraordinary gift! When her brother, Zach, completes rehab for his meth addiction, Samantha thinks life will finally return to normal. But when troubling prophetic dreams convince her that Zach has relapsed, will Samantha speak up and risk his liberty---or stay silent and endanger his life! 256 pages each, softcovers from Multnomah.
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.35" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.69" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Aug 21, 2007
Publisher Multnomah Books
Series Secret Life of Samantha McGregor
Series Number 3
ISBN 1590526945 ISBN13 9781590526941
Availability 2 units. Availability accurate as of Sep 26, 2017 10:53.
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More About Melody Carlson
I started writing "professionally" about twenty years ago. I quickly learned that I'm a fast writer and, as a result, I've published more than 200 books--with more than 6 million books sold. And it stuns me to write out those numbers today. How did that happen? I've been told I'm in the top twenty "most prolific authors" of all time. Although I'm not certain this is true, it does make me wonder--and I wonder how other authors (in previous generations) managed to write so many books without the use of a computer. Last year I won a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times. But that doesn't mean I'm ready to retire. I have lots more books coming out and new ideas popping into my head all the time. I write from a studio right next to the house I share with my husband in Oregon. My dog Audrey goes to work with me every morning. I have to say...it's a pretty good life...and I am grateful to God for every bit of it.
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Good mystery Sep 24, 2007
Everyone has dreams, but Samantha McGregor's dreams seem to be warning ofthe future. She wakes feeling she has lived through something horrible, with a sense of being in danger. Samantha believes the dreams come from God, but how can she be sure?
Sam and her friends Oliva and Garrett go to a party where Oliva sings with the band and Sam and Garrett are just there to provide support and encouragment. When the police raid the party, Sam and her friends are arrested, althought they weren't involved. Sam has other problems, too. Her brother, Zach, who is fresh out of rehab seems determined to go back to his old ways, and her mother has a new friend, like in boyfriend.
Melody Carlson's books are about serious issues and it's easy to find kids with similar problems among the teens I know. In Playing With Fire she touches on the supernatural and the gifts God gives. Never preachy, but with a strong faith message and lots of suspense, Playing With Fire is an interesting story teens will enjoy.
deep Christian police procedural Aug 25, 2007
Although Zach completed his time in rehab for his meth habit, his sister Samantha worries he has no positive beliefs such as in the Lord being there for him. Instead she fears he will just step back into the same situation that led to his addiction. However, she has no idea what to do so she does nothing until she dreams about a meth lab explosion that she thinks might be a warning from God to intervene.
Out of fear that her brother might go to jail, Sam decides not to offer her services to her mentor Detective Ebony Hamilton, but goes undercover at the high school as an informant to the police meth task force. She looks for the link between meth and other illegal drug sales and her high school as she hopes to help her brother and her friends before they say yes to drugs but is unaware of the danger she places herself in.
The third Secret Life Samantha McGregor tale contains plenty of action and a deep look at what is spiritual understanding as Sam struggles to interpret her visions that she assumes come from God while having mortal issues especially involving Zach. Sam, as she did with BAD CONNECTION and BEYOND REACH, makes the tale with her caring about others. Young adults will appreciate PLAYING WITH FIRE as its relevant theme; drug use amongst teens makes for a fascinating spin to a Christian police procedural.
Where There's Smoke Aug 22, 2007
Samantha McGregor's brother, Zach, has come home after being in drug rehab. She thinks that everything will be alright now and her family can begin to live a normal life again. However she starts to see signs that Zach is backtracking and not following steps to a full recovery. Plus there are rumors of drug uses running rampant in her high school and Ebony, her police contact, wants her help to try to find where the teens are getting their meth supply from. Sam even gets accused by the police of being a drug user. Then she has a vision of a burning cabin and her brother being dead as a consequence of his actions. She doesn't want to involve the police because she's worried they will make Zack really pay for his actions this time.
This book hits closest to home for Samantha because it deals with her brother and his ongoing drug problems. This book will appeal to families that have suffered with a family member in this same situation. This book focuses on the dangers of drug use among teens. There is no preachy "Just Say No" campaign forced on the reader. Carlson seems to understand why teens would possibly be tempted to use weed or meth or other drugs. Of course there a valid reasons why you shouldn't but Samantha, Olivia and other characters don't act like they are better than those who use them. I really liked how the party in the beginning was show with lax parental supervision. It is sad at how many parents turn a blind eye to their underage kids drinking, having sex or smoking because they figure if it's done at home, it won't be a problem. I'm glad that Samantha and Olivia were mature enough to get out of that situation without making a big scene. I really like the two girls, if I were still in high school I'd want to be friends with them. The writing again is top notch, I'm able to see how the characters feel and understand their actions. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series.