Monday, November 23, 2015

The Trojan Horse by Amy C. Blake

Back Cover Blurb

Left on Castle Island to attend Camp Classic, thirteen-year-old, scrawny, redheaded, homeschooler Levi Prince finds himself at the center of an enchanted world of amazing abilities, cloudy motives, and wicked beings that will challenge his very spirit. He begins to form friendships, but life at camp becomes more confusing as questionable activities and uncertain agendas bring about conflict that tests his character in ways he never expected. Finally, faced with a friend's betrayal, Levi is forced to confront true evil. Will he find the courage to stand his ground, and to become the hero he was always meant to be?

Read an Excerpt:

Levi Prince reached the top of the sandstone steps and read the canvas sign thrashing in the wind like it desperately wanted to escape: WELCOME TO CAMP CLASSIC: YOUR SUMMER-LONG IMMERSION INTO THE CLASSICAL WORLD. Another gust of wind nearly ripped the jacket from his back. Two seagulls dive-bombed him, making Levi duck and cover.

Somehow not feeling all that welcome, Levi glanced back down the steps to the beach and the endless blue-green water stretching as far as he could see. As he watched, the waves churned higher, pummeling the red-and-white ferry he, his family, and a bunch of other campers and their families had exited not fifteen minutes earlier.

Castle Island, the tiny, castle-free (as far as he could tell) speck in the middle of vast Lake Superior, was a full three hours from the mainland. And it would be his home for the summer. His nerves prickled, half in dread of the unknown, half in anticipation of a summer spent miles and miles away from his younger sister and brothers.

Most of the time he liked homeschooling, especially when he finished his work early and got to do whatever he wanted all afternoon. Or when his friends at church told him about their hour-long bus rides to and from school and the horrors of their school uniforms. His uniform alternated between pajamas and sweats, depending on his mood.

Yeah, homeschooling was good. Except that it meant he never got a break from Abby, Zeke, and Jer.

And boy did he ever need a break. He tightened his grip on his Camp Classic invitation, the one that came in the mail back in March. His ticket to a sibling-free summer. It had taken him most of the next six weeks to convince his parents to let him go. He’d been offended they didn’t think he could handle himself for a couple of months without them.

Now, though, the isolation of this place made him wonder what he’d gotten himself into. It didn’t help that a purple-black mass seeped across the morning sky like a bruise, and the ferry bucked hard against its tie ropes. The whole setting made the hair rise on the back of his neck.

He adjusted the collar of his jacket, along with his outlook. So it was going to rain. No big deal. He wouldn’t bail now. He needed this summer on his own.

Levi turned away from the view and toward the path between live oaks and pines he’d seen the others take earlier. He’d taken his time trudging across the sand, hoping to separate himself from his siblings. Between Abby’s nonstop pouting because she couldn’t stay at Camp Classic with Levi, and Zeke and Jer running in circles like monkeys on Mountain Dew, well . . . he kind of hoped if he kept his distance, the other campers wouldn’t know they were related to him.

Levi had only gone a few feet along the path when he heard running footsteps from behind and somebody rammed a bony shoulder into his arm. He whirled around to face a kid who oozed disdain all the way from his perfect black hair to his brand new Nikes. Levi couldn’t help but run a hand over his own hair—so red it was almost orange, and kinked into a thousand ringlets despite the super-short cut he’d gotten only two days earlier.

“Watch where you’re going, runt,” the other kid said with a sneer.

“Excuse me?” Yeah, Levi was scrawny, but this guy wasn’t exactly the Hulk.

The kid snatched the invitation from Levi’s hand.

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About Amy:
Award-winning author Amy C. Blake is a pastor's wife and homeschooling mother of four. She has an M.A. in English from Mississippi College and has written articles, devotionals, and short stories for a number of publications. She'd love for you to visit her website at for tips on homeschooling, advice for the rookie pastor's wife, and helps for the Christian life. You can also find more information on her website about her novels--Whitewashed, Colorblind, and The Trojan Horse Traitor

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AMY is giving away a copy of THE TROJAN HORSE. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


Robin Bunting said...

I absolutely loved this book and would love to win a copy for my grandson. I know he will love it, too. Thank you.

Kim Amundsen said...

Love the excerpt. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom.

Connie said...

Thanks for sharing Amy's interview and excerpt!
Happy Thanksgiving!
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Connie said...

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Tammy Burnside said...

Oooo I'd love to read this!!
Tamara Cheers

Beth Lepich said...

I'm always looking for books about kids who are homeschooled. I have two kids who read constantly, and I need more good books for them. bethlepich(at)

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed Amy's book Whitewashed and would love to get The Trojan Horse Traitor for my sons. cindaja at icloud dot com

Caryl Kane said...

Wonderful interview with Amy. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Jennifer said...

It's great to see a book geared for young teens, They are so hard to find for boys. Thanks for not giving up! jennydtipton at gmail dot com

Deborah Freeman said...

We would like to have a copy of your new book, sounds intriguing. Thanks!

Boos Mum said...

My son would enjoy this one. Thank you for the giveaway.

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