High School Football – The Temptation (first in the high school series)

Rated 4.50/5 based on 8 reviews
A black teenager is forced to move to a small town but realizes that with the help of new friends he may be able to leave the bad influences behind and concentrate on football. But part of his past catches up with him. Then temptation, in the forms of a potential burglary and a till-tapping opportunity, presents itself – and he knows he has tough choices to make.
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About Paul Swearingen

Paul Swearingen is a retired English/journalism/Spanish teacher who managed to survive 34+ years in public, private, and government schools. He also was a radio newsman and disk jockey, a newspaper editor and photographer, a personnel manager for a large retail store (now defunct), and a long-time publisher of the National Radio Club's magazine, "DX News". He lives in Topeka, Kansas, where his main current duty is to keep his garden under close control.

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Timothy Davis reviewed on Dec. 5, 2011

Richly and Realistically Textured.

I found Justin quite likable, and became absorbed both with his transition from city to rural teen and with his maturing process. Swearingen’s writing is down to earth, but richly textured. His secondary characters at Niataka High School are well developed, and Justin’s growing relationships with them, to me, form the key to the novel. These relationships are subtly evolved—and we are led to continue watching them grow in his next four books. Fine job.
(review of free book)
Hayley D reviewed on July 22, 2011

This review was long overdue. I enjoyed this book and was glad it wasn't a 'fairy tale' like novel. It was also written differently than most typical young adult novels nowadays (a new and strong voice)--a refreshing read. :)
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Karla reviewed on June 21, 2011

I loved how real and relatable this story was. Not a fairy tale, these things really do happen!
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Kelly Said reviewed on Jan. 16, 2011

This is so well written. The character voices ring true, the descriptions are beautifully painted and the pacing is excellent for a YA read. I give it a smiley face :), because the author did a fine job of keeping me engaged from page one to page end.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
Jacki Crump reviewed on Jan. 13, 2011

I just finished this delightful book! I found it both entertaining and insightful. I have fallen in love with the little town of Niotaka and its students, especially Justin. As an adult, this book sends me back to my own high school days, having grown up in a small town in Kansas. I can't wait to read the next in the series!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Joni Havel reviewed on Jan. 11, 2011

I established an immediate rapport with Justin and his sassy, delightful sister, Sharice, and once I started reading, I couldn't stop until I had come to the end of Paul Swearingen's so-true-to-life story. Having read the first in the series, I've just got to buy the rest! If "The Temptation" is anything to go by, I know I'll be in for four darned good reads.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
V McKay reviewed on Jan. 6, 2011

If you're looking for a book that would appeal to middle grade and YA boys, search no further. This was an easy read, suitable for anyone from junior high on up. The characters are true to life, and feel like people you already know, or would like to know. Well worth the read.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
xshift reviewed on Jan. 3, 2011

This would be an excellent book for a teenager and even some adults - long enough for a good plot but short enough to not feel overwhelming. I'm far from being a teenager anymore, but within the first few pages I was drawn into Justin's world and "couldn't put it down" (sort of hard to put a PDF down! gotta love our new digital world). The descriptions are to the point, not long-winded like some authors do for the sake of book page length.. and at the end I was left wanting to read more, so I had to come back and get the second one.

In places it's very light-hearted, and when it presents a couple of sticky challenges, it does so without being morbid or judgmental. Overall, a good read, and I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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