Book Notes for Catholic Teens: "Spokes" by Deanna K. Klingel



Spokes by Deanna K. Klingel


A Catholic girl and a Jewish boy training for a triathlon search for clues to solve the mystery of a hit and run killer. Along the way they discover the importance of truth, friendship, and faith.

"Spokes" by Deanna K. Klingel


Spokes could be classified as an adventurous mystery, but the real heart of this story is the very special friendship that forms between the two lead characters.

In the aftermath of a tragic accident, the lives of two very different teens. Kelsey, a homeschooled Catholic girl, and Brendan, a Jewish boy who is dedicated to his faith, are intertwined. Their search for a mysterious sports car and a determination to compete in a triathlon leads these two on a summer adventure that will forever change them both. As the summer progresses and their training and search intensify, their friendship grows.

Besides the compelling story line, there are several side stories that center around triathlon training, a group of friars, and the Special Olympics, that are quite interesting. I think this story could be the catalyst for some great conversations. I’m sure many people can think of a friend that came into their life, possibly for only a brief time, that somehow made a huge, life-altering difference.

I look forward to reading more books by Deanna K. Klingel.

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Copyright 2019 Leslea Wahl


About Author

Leslea Wahl is an award-winning author of Catholic teen adventurous mysteries. She lives in beautiful Colorado with her family. Leslea believes one way to encourage teens in their faith is through positive messages and Catholic values, embedded in great stories. She is excited to share her reviews of some incredible Catholic books, all of which have received the Catholic Writer’s Guild Seal of Approval. Find her online at

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