Friday, May 9, 2014


Today, I have the pleasure of reviewing Award Winning, Fabulous Author Kai Strand's novella WORTH THE EFFORT:ELLA'S STORY. And let me tell you, it's a great one.

By Kai Strand
Have you ever seen a homeless man or woman living on the street or under a bridge or in an alley? If so, what were your first thoughts? Were you afraid? Did you ignore him or her and hurry on past? Or were you curious about the person and wondered what his story was?
WORTH THE EFFORT: ELLA’S STORY, a YA novella by Author Kai Strand, is the story of seventeen-year-old Ella Jones who lives with her mother since her parents’ are divorced.  She doesn’t really like her mother or father; she suspects they don’t care for her, either, and she definitely does not want to be like them. Early one morning when Ella arrives at the restaurant where she works, she discovers a homeless boy about her age. Her first reaction is fear, which would probably be true of most of us. Ella doesn’t know that meeting the boy, Ayden, will soon change her life in ways she could never imagine.
Kai Strand has created characters that are so real they might be teens in your town, searching for meaning to their lives. Ella learns so much about not only Ayden but about herself as well.  As much as I like Ella and cheered her own, Ayden is my favorite character. He’s a mystery; he’s kind and gentle; he’s unpredictable and constantly puzzles Ella. Ms. Strand has captured both teens’ personalities just right. WORTH THE EFFORT: ELLA’S STORY is a story of family, love, and recognizing what is truly valuable in life. This novella would make a great addition to schools to perhaps help students see that our first impressions of a person sometimes are wrong . Be sure and pick up a copy for your own private library, as well. I’m happy to know we’ll meet Ella and Ayden again. Can’t wait.

In case you missed the spotlight on Wednesday, here's a little about the author.

When her children were young and the electricity winked out, Kai Strand gathered her family around the fireplace and they told stories, one sentence at a time. Her boys were rather fond of the ending, “And then everybody died. The end.” Now an award winning children’s author, Kai crafts fiction for kids and teens to provide an escape hatch from their reality. With a selection of novels for young adult and middle grade readers and short stories for the younger ones, Kai entertains children of all ages, and their adults. Learn more about Kai and her books on her website,
Kai is also a super crit partner.


And you definitely do not want to miss Kai Strand's giveaway. Check it out at Kai's Blog. Good luck.
Happy Reading


  1. Great when the characters come off as so real indeed, just adds even more to the story.

    1. Kai is very good with her character development. :)

  2. Thank you for wonderful review, Beverly. Your opinion means so much to me.

    1. It's easy to brag about you and your work, Kai, because you're so good. I hope everyone reads Ella's Story. They'll be glad they did. :)