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Reviewed by Tracy Young for Readers' Favorite
The year is 1989 and the first Tuesday after Labor Day may seem like any other day but for the pupils at Forestville Elementary School, life is about to get a lot more interesting. Josh Brady looks like any other 12-year-old kid, but he soon shows his classmates that there is more to him than meets the eye. Surely a bunch of young boys who just want to play baseball on a decent playing field aren’t really doing any harm? Darlington Field, the virgin playing field, however, is just the tip of the iceberg for Josh. He has history in town and a score to settle. The new boy is on a mission and his friends have to decide if they should stay out of trouble or help Josh with his plans. Just when the boys think they have a handle on the situation, another new kid turns up and upsets the apple cart. Cinnamon is a firecracker and she is primed to cause trouble.
The Road to Samsara by Ron Sherkin is a compelling tale of adolescence and past lives that intertwine. This is a great story. Josh is such an interesting character and Cinnamon and the boys provide him with the perfect companions. The Road to Samsara is filled with adolescent angst and a thrilling tale of bad guys who need to be defeated. Ron Sherkin is a great storyteller and the book flows beautifully. He draws the reader in and immerses them in the story. I felt the sorrow and joy that the characters felt and the heart-stopping finale to the story had me gripped until the very last page.