Item description for The Encore (Becoming Beka Series, Book 5) by Sarah Anne Sumpolec...
Overview Beka has a lot to look forward to as high school graduation nears, but controversy over one of her songs creates havoc at school, a startling announcement shakes things up at home, and she and Lucy face serious boy problems.
Publishers Description Beka returns for the final semester of her senior year and quickly finds herself in trouble. The song she wrote and performed offended a fellow student and the principal blames Beka and her teacher Mr. Thompson. Meanwhile, she's torn between two different guys, Mark and Josh. And as she prepares for her father's upcoming wedding, Beka is devastated to learn the family will be moving out of their house and into her dad's fiancee's house. Soon Beka is overwhelmed with decisions, including the option to sign a record contract and move to LA after graduation.
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Studio: Moody Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.29" Width: 5.33" Height: 0.72" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2006
Publisher MOODY PRESS BOOKS #13
Grade Level High School
Series Becoming Beka
Series Number 5
ISBN 0802464580 ISBN13 9780802464583
Availability 0 units.
More About Sarah Anne Sumpolec
SARAH ANNE SUMPOLEC is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington and holds both a Bachelors degree in psychology and elementary teaching certification. Her background in psychology allowed her to work both in an acute care inpatient setting and a long-term residential treatment center, both of which helped to provide her much insight and compassion towards those struggling to cope with a life that is not always kind or fair. She continually researches and speaks on the hot topics facing teens today. Sarah is the author of the Becoming Beka series, has written for a number of magazines such as Brio and Teens 4 Jesus, and has appeared on Janet Parshalls America, The Tyra Banks Show, and The 700 Club. Sarah lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with her husband, Jeff, and their three daughters.
Sarah Anne Sumpolec currently resides in the state of Virginia.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Encore (Becoming Beka Series, Book 5)?
Beka just gets better! Jul 24, 2006
The fifth and final book in the Becoming Beka Series covers Beka Madison's senior year and the life-changing decisions she must make. What will she do after graduation? Should she pursue a music career in L.A. or attend college closer to home? And most importantly, is Mark or Josh the one for her?
Beka is concerned about her family, too. Her younger sister, Lucy, is running with the wrong crowd and Beka is worried about her. She has become withdrawn and refuses to listen to Beka's advice. Mai continues to be Beka's enemy in spite of Beka's determination to pray for her. And Beka has to get used to the idea of her widowed father getting married again. But in every area of her life, Beka seeks God's wisdom and guidance.
Sumpolec knows teenagers, and her characterizations are true-to-life. I quickly became involved with Beka's aspirations and emotions. Evocative descriptions and realistic dialogue combine to make the reader feel "there" in the story. I'm looking forward to seeing what Sarah Anne Sumpolec has in mind as an encore for her readers after her successful Beka series.
Enjoyed it Apr 20, 2006
The Encore is book five in the Beka series. It is Beka's senior year, and she wants it to be great, but everything seems to go wrong. Mrs. Brynwit, the school principal, hates the song she wrote for a school assignment, because it mentions God. Mai, an avowed enemy, wants Beka's job as editor of the school newspaper, and will do anything to get it. Lucy, Beka's younger sister, is running with a rough crowd and refuses to listen to her big sister's advice. Beka's mother died two years ago and her father is getting married again. Mark, a fellow senior, says he loves her, but refuses to talk about anything serious, and Josh, who is away at college just wants to be friends. And then there's God. What does he want from her?
The Encore captures what it's like to be young, insecure, and undecided. Beka doesn't seem like a character in a book, she seems like the teenager in your own family, as she tries to be everything to everyone, and ends up feeling like a failure. How can you have all the answers when you don't even know all the questions? Buy this one for your teenage daughter. She'll love it.
Loved It! Apr 10, 2006
Beka Madison us a gifted musician who is struggling with what to do after graduation, what to do about her love life, and how to deal with her father's upcoming marriage and subsequent move from the house she's lived in her entire life. As her Senior year draws to a close, Beka must finally decide where her life is headed. As for what to do after graduation...does she stay close to home and go to college or does she move across the country to go after a music career and attend school part-time? If she moves across the country, she'll leave everything that's familiar to live with relatives of her father's fiance, but she'll also be closer to Josh. As for the love life...first, there was Mark. Mark is every girl's dream. He's handsome and athletic and knows just what to say to make Beka feel like a princess. Josh is older and away in Seatle in college. He's more interested in taking things slowly and taking the relationship where God leads. Mark's approach is more exciting and makes her heart beat a little faster, but it just doesn't feel right. Then there's her father and Gabie, her soon-to-be stepmom. It's been barely two years since Beka's mom passed away and Beka is still clinging to her memory. Gabie does her best to help, but Beka can't seem to unlock her heart. As graduation draws closer, Beka knows she must make some life altering decisions. Does she sign the record contract and move to the other side of the country? It will put her closer to Josh, but further from her father and her siblings. Is she ready to be that far away from her family? Sumpolec tackles Beka's decisions with Godly guidance and the struggle Beka faces with earthly temptation. It's a wonderful conclusion to a wonderful journey through Beka's life. Edee Wilcox, author If I'd Only Known...
Never Goodbye! Mar 20, 2006
The mailman brought my copy of The Encore, and I couldn't wait to dive in! What happens in the fifth and final episode of Becoming Beka? Eighteen year old Beka is torn between two loves; someone targets her for revenge; family dynamics heat up; and an unexpected twist catches Beka and the reader by surprise. Author Sarah Sumpolec doesn't tie up Beka's life in a neat package, but a strong message of God's hope lingers. Beka can't wait to see God's plan unfold, and I can't either. I hope that's why the author kept the door cracked for future possibilties. Maybe we won't have to say goodbye after all!
The Encore is a Winner Mar 10, 2006
The Encore is just that, a great ending to a superbly written series for teen girls. As a teacher and aunt, I've recommended and purchased this series for many teens struggling with the same issues Beka faces. Sumpolec does a terrific job with character development, allowing the reader to feel the pain Beka experiences.
In The Encore, Beka knows in her heart she needs to decide about her relationships with two boys. The only downfall of this book would be that Sumpolec may have drawn out this decision and Beka's relationship with one of the boys a bit too long. However, the character development, tone, and pacing carry the reader for the most part.
The problems Beka faces in this book are "real life" for Christian teens who desire to "fit in" to the world around them. Without being preachy, Sumpolec expresses her message of trusting God in terms teens will relate to.
It was a fun ride to be part of Beka's life throughout this series. I look forward to seeing what Sumpolec writes next, knowing with confidence it will be something well written.