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The Masquerade (Becoming Beka Series, Book 1) [Paperback]

By Sarah Anne Sumpolec (Author)
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When she moves to a new school Beka only pretends to be a Christian, but when she learns that truth brings freedom, she gains peace, faith, and friends.

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Since her mother's tragic death, Beka Madison's "good girl" image has been crumbling around her. She can't let her family discover she's not really a Christian, but her ragged emotions threaten to expose her. "The Masquerade" is an absorbing story of a teenage girl's struggle with self-discovery and the revelation that truth brings freedom.

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  • Christian Retailing - 09/22/2003 page 21

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Moody Publishers
Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.2" Width: 5.38" Height: 0.78"
Weight:   0.52 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2003
Publisher   Moody Publishers
Grade Level  High School  
Age  13-18
Edition  New  
Series  Becoming Beka  
Series Number  1  
ISBN  0802464513  
ISBN13  9780802464514  

Availability  0 units.

More About Sarah Anne Sumpolec

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! SARAH ANNE SUMPOLEC is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington and holds both a Bachelor s 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 Parshall s "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.

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Tried, failed, defenestrated.  May 30, 2008
Sarah Sumpolec, The Masquerade (Moody, 2003)

I had planned to read all four books of Sarah Sumpolec's Becoming Beka series this year; then I finally got my hands on The Masquerade, the first book in the series, and barely made it past page fifty. Armed with what I'd seen there and some extra material from the back of the book, I figured I could guess what was going to happen. A quick skim confirmed that I was exactly right.

Like much Christian lit, The Masquerade is not a story so much as it is an object lesson; everything to be found here is here for the purpose of promoting the message. Because of that, such writing lends itself to predictability, and unless you're a crack writer with an historical goal (for example, we all know, when we pick up a book about Czechoslovakia before World War II, that Archduke Ferdinand is going to wind up dead, right?), predictability is, in general, something to be avoided. If you are that really great writer, of course, don't let me stop you from being as predictable as you want. Sarah Sumpolec may be a good writer, but she is not a great one, and thus the material falls flat. When you've figured out every plot twist from the first fifty pages and the back matter and feel no need to continue reading the book, then why bother? (zero)
A thought-provoking and interesting novel  Feb 10, 2007
Rebekah Madison woke up in the early morning hours again, reliving the nightmare that had plagued her since her mother's auto accident death months earlier. Beka knew she wouldn't go back to sleep; this eerie, pre-dawn pattern had been escalating, and it frightened her. Despite the fact that Beka had a family who loved and cared for her, she felt alienated and alone. Her soul was parched and her conscience seared. She had a secret that was eating her up inside.

When Beka's parents made a crucial life change some years before and started attending a local church, doing home Bible studies and wanting their kids to join in, Beka's siblings had no trouble doing so. Each member of Beka's family got "saved," so seeing how distressed her parents were over her ambivalence, Beka began pretending to be a Christian. Though she drew the line at joining her mother and sisters for their intimate Bible study, Beka "acted" like a Christian in every other way. But she knew she wasn't one, and the masquerading grew into monstrous proportions as one lie heaped upon another.

Given her mother's unexpected death, Beka grieved alone and her lack of "faith" put her on the outside of her family's mutual ability to share and work through their tragedy. Feeling pressure from a former "friend" at school, Beka works to create a new life for herself. She tries out for a part in the school play and gets it. She meets another hurting teen, and they forge a bond. She develops an interest in a fellow classmate, and their connection forces Beka to rethink her current vacillating standards. Without really intending to, Beka follows the crowd into some experimentation with drinking, and the trouble that ensues compels Beka's father to seek professional help for her. Humiliated and ashamed, Beka continues to try to work out her problems on her own.

Finally, an adult friend intervenes and offers Beka more concrete answers to her spiritual questions than anyone else ever has. Significantly, Beka realizes that truth is the foundation for all relationships if trust is to grow, and she summons up the courage to come clean with her family. Once confession has been made, Beka forges ahead with fresh understanding and renewed hope based upon a personal decision to follow Christ. Her only question: How will her newfound faith affect her at school, at church and at home?

--- Reviewed by Michele Howe.
Loved it!  Jul 22, 2005
Beka Madisons's life is falling apart. Her mother has died in a car accident, and a secret she has kept is putting a gap between her and her family. Her life at school becomes more confusing everyday. Beka draws further into herself all the time. Sarah Anne Sumpolec creates a story that any person can identify with. Beka Madison is a very real person who deals with very real problems. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Fine story for the genre  Jan 18, 2005
I picked up this book for our church library because there are a few girls going through the loss of their mother. I've also lost my mother when I was a teenager. There are too few Christian teen books that deal with this subject.

The story starts out well and strong and then it becomes more preachy, or telling, less showing the readers the story. I found myself scanning and less wrapt in the story near the end. I understand the pull to explain Beka's conversion, and perfectly understand much of what she was going through. But it seemed a bit too forced. This may be why a couple of the reviewers were upset or didn't like the latter part of the book. However, this is what a lot of Christian books do. So in the Christian fic genre, it works fine.
It Went from four stars, to three  Apr 18, 2004
Well, the beginning of the book was very well writen, and the book was interesting too. It was turning out to be very cool until it reached page 191, chapter 20. It started talking about Christianity and God and our sins and God being perfect and being saved and all this other stuff. Im not saying that christianity is bad, and I think that It was very cool of the author to transmit what she belives through her writing, but the book is about this girl called Beka, not about Christianity! It's kinda like writing about pets, and interrupting it explaning how your little sister spilled milk all over the carpet while watching Barney, It's like changing the topic in your ¦!

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