Item description for Sweetest Gift (Payton Skky V4) by Stephanie Perry Moore & Stephanie Perry-Moore...
Overview During her freshman year in college, African-American teenager Payton adjusts to being away from home, deals with problems with boys and girlfriends, and discovers that her value is found in her relationship with Christ.
Publishers Description Payton Skky has finally arrived at college. In no time she's facing the same pressures and stresses most college students face. She's still conflicted about boyfriends, and studies are difficult. But when she is faced with her suitemate's suicide attempt, Payton is jolted back to the basics of her faith. No matter what the pressures of life, she has great worth and value in the eyes of the Lord.
Citations And Professional Reviews Sweetest Gift (Payton Skky V4) by Stephanie Perry Moore & Stephanie Perry-Moore has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Voice of Youth Advocates - 12/01/2002 page 388
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Studio: Lift Every Voice
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.62" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.56" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2001
Publisher MOODY PRESS BOOKS #13
Series Payton Skky
Series Number 4
ISBN 0802442390 ISBN13 9780802442390
Availability 0 units.
More About Stephanie Perry Moore & Stephanie Perry-Moore
Stephanie Perry Moore is truly a woman from the South. She was born in South Carolina, raised in Virginia, and educated in Alabama. She is the author of many YA Inspirational fiction titles, including the NEW Urban Flip Book Series, Lockwood Lions, the NEW Suburban Flip Book Series, Grovehill Giants, the Payton Skky series, the Laurel Shadrach series, the Perry Skky Jr. series, the Yasmin Peace series, the Faith Thomas Novelzine series, the Carmen Browne series, the Morgan Love series, the Alec London series, and the Beta Gamma Pi series.
She is the Co-editor of the Sisters in Faith Bible. And the Co-author of the book Raise Him Up, written with her husband Derrick Moore.
Mrs. Moore speaks with young people across the country, encouraging them to achieve every attainable dream. She currently lives in the greater Atlanta area with her husband, Derrick, and their three teenagers.
Stephanie Perry Moore currently resides in Atlanta, in the state of Georgia.
Stephanie Perry Moore has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Sweetest Gift (Payton Skky V4)?
a satisfying, thought-provoking read May 31, 2006
Payton Skky's college life is off to a rocky start in SWEETEST GIFT, the fourth book in Stephanie Perry Moore's series. As Payton begins her first semester at the University of Georgia, she often feels lonely and isolated. She's not alone for long, though, as her two ever-present ex-boyfriends, Dakari Graham and Tad Taylor, are also attending college with her. They're unable to avoid one another, with both Dakari and Tad being members of the enormously popular football team. Once again, Payton finds herself conflicted by feelings for the two.
At the same time, she struggles to fit in, feeling as though she isn't accepted by either whites or blacks. The white community doesn't want to associate with her because she's black, while the black community is small and seemingly preoccupied with the superficial. This tension, along with the ongoing conflict with her exes, sends Payton into a state of depression. She finds herself failing classes, unable to keep up with fast-paced collegiate academics.
Her life is further complicated thanks to her roommate. Laurel Shadrach, a strong Christian like Payton, had the potential to be a great friend, but the two find they are not as compatible as they had once thought. Laurel likes to listen to (gasp!) country music and spends much of her time pledging for a predominately white sorority that makes Payton feel uncomfortable.
While Payton sulks alone, embittered with loneliness, jealously and resentment, an unexpected event sends her life spiraling out of control. However, it finally allows Payton to reassess her life and goals, and realize that she had been going to all the wrong places to seek comfort. In the midst of her struggles, she had forgotten the most important thing in her life --- her relationship with God.
SWEETEST GIFT is the longest, and perhaps most complex, book in the Payton Skky series. It is refreshing to finally see Payton in a new setting. Moore presents a very real portrait of a girl who once had it all and is now struggling to fit in a new place. Still, certain elements of the novel seem to be recycled from previous titles in the series. Most notably, Payton's conflict involving her ex-boyfriends has gone on far too long. She's made the important realization that Dakari is definitely the wrong guy for her at least four times thus far, yet she still continues to mess up other relationships because of her feelings for him. At this point, it would be nice to see her finally move on.
The devotion to one ever-present problem in previous books often led them to be slightly over the top and unbelievable. In this installment, though, Moore deals with a wide variety of issues --- including loneliness, depression, drinking, sex, relationships, school and racism --- on smaller levels. SWEETEST GIFT is a satisfying, thought-provoking read.
--- Reviewed by Jennifer Crosby
i love all of the payton skky books Jul 26, 2005
i love all the payton skky books they are so good i think ms.stephanie perry-moore should make more payton books they are so good especially book 5 when payton and tad got together and dakari got save. SO please ms. stephanie can u please make more payton skky books