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    Great read for middle school children and up.

    It would be wonderful to live in a perfect world, but we all know that it doesn’t exist. Some young adults are being raised in broken homes and turn to the streets for survival. They idolize heroes who often land behind bars. But John Darryl Winston brings a new hero to the streets, Naz, in IA: Initiate. Naz is a thirteen-year-old trying to survive in a foster home and stay away from the harsh streets while protecting his younger sister, Meri. Through Naz, John Darryl Winston sends a positive message to young adults living in rough circumstances that the biggest heroes are the ones who can walk away from adversity and create a better future for themselves.
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    IA Initiate

    Well-drawn, sympathetic characters and a realistic setting: IA Initiate is a coming age story that drew me in and held my interest to the end. I am looking forward to the rest of the series.
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    Great Story

    Naz Andersen is a very reserved teen with a younger sister Meri to care for (since their foster parent Ms.Tracy honestly wants nothing to do with them). Naz and Meri live in a place that doesn't suit their potential to do great things, yet they still try to overcome and rise above their wretched culture. Naz faces many problems along the way in this story, which he has to figure out and solve, not on his own but with the help of his close friends and family. He's always been reserved and on his own. He is a very gifted young boy who has abilities beyond even his own belief. Naz is in no way the same as anyone, he is completely different, he walks in his sleep, hears voices and lots of other weird things per say. Naz loves more than anything his younger sister Meridian (Meri) who he will go through absolutely anything to save. Not only does he love her, she absolutely adores him. Meri has more faith in her older brother than he does himself, and she is in awe of his abilities, talent, and potential. This book is my favorite out of all of the books I've read. It definitely deserves five stars (at least). There are things to find out that are just so interesting and it's so intriguing. This book is phenomenal everything that is revealed at the end is so worth finding out honestly. Once you read this book you will fall in love with Naz Andersen and his epic story, trust me you'll be begging for more.
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    A YA masterpiece

    Loved this book. It was exciting, inspirational and kept me gripped from beginning to end. It tackles the serious subject of bullying as well as the underlying theme that we can do and be anything we want to. John's prose is descriptive, intelligent, yet easy to read. The story is about the main protagonist 'Naz' who sees himself as ordinary, but he is actually extra-ordinary with the powers to overcome all obstacles. Can't wait to now pass this onto my fifteen year old daughter.
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    Intriguing

    Fascinating story about self-discovery. This is a book I will recommend to my friends, to my middle school students, and to my grandchildren. Thought-provoking, positive role-modeling. Looking forward to IA, #2!
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