The story of Eddie Hamilton and Matty Jacobs continues. Our boys have graduated from high school and are preparing for college--at different schools. We start with a graduation trip to London, continue through their work at Dad's church and then the dreaded separation.
Things start off quite smoothly and the arrangement works great for the first two years. It's during the boys' junior year of college when a major surprise appears and changes the entire family's life forever. Will the boys survive? Will there be a "happily ever after" in spite of the turn of events?
As someone who doesn't get embarrassed easily I sure was in for a shocker of a first day of my last year of high school. Everything was going fine in my boring school, boring town and boring life until HE came along...
I just wanted to get through the end of school and move on to bigger and better things. Apparently, that was too much to ask for. I should have known that life is never that straight-forward for me. Let's put it this way, I'm going to be in for an interesting few years of friendships, and relationships? Wait no - that can't be right. Well I guess it is, so strap in and let's both hope that this doesn't end in disaster!
The Leopards have scattered, some interstate and others to different parts of Melbourne, but the events of 2014 continue to bind them together. In the meantime, new Leopards and new friends have their own challenges that must be overcome. This includes one newcomer who is unaware he's being hunted.
"We look at each other for the longest two seconds, a knowing look, communicating something beyond the restraints of speech but to which we are both finely attuned; a common language...which, in its evolution, had turned our signals into pictures so vivid we were terrified of giving anything deeper than superficial away, and so we turn our heads, almost simultaneously, focusing our attention elsewhere."
When Stan's friend offers to be his personal trainer, the offer is too good to refuse. But the experience threatens to transform the pair in ways neither could have predicted.
Yuto Tanaka has been training harder than ever for the Ogawa High School swimming club's first meet of the year. While he is not as strong or fast as some of the older boys on the team, he has been making progress. Progress due in no small part to the mentorship of his senpai, Gen Uotate. With only a few days until the meet, Uotate-senpai pulls Yuto aside for one last bit of preparation, intended to strengthen both Yuto's standing on the team and their bond with each other.
Most people start college with a very clear idea of what the next few years might hold for them, and Marcus is no exception when he shows up to swim team try outs. What he doesn't count on are his new teammates, and the deep friendship which quickly forms between the four of them as the competitive season progresses.
This is the third book in The Barnstable Chronicles. While you don't necessarily have to read the first two stories to enjoy this one, I highly recommend that you at least read Book One, Stitcher as many of the people and events in that story are referenced here. If you haven't read the second book, Charlie Danner Finds His Way, you can read it at any time.
Imagine your perfect life. What’s it like? Are you rich? Are you popular? Do you have a million cars? Well 17 year old Teddy Haner doesn't have to imagine. Being student body president, and captain of his lacrosse team…he has everything! However when a new mysterious friend flips his world upside down, and starts to ascend to stardom, he finds that there’s a lot more to life than popularity.
Danny Bright has been waiting all year to compete, and the day is finally here. He'll have to earn the chance to participate, and once he does, he hardly even knows what he's getting himself into. Make no mistake, it's going to be a day he never, ever forgets. He'll need every bit of his skill, savvy, and a little bit of something special to win... The Contest.
Joel is the odd man out on his cross country team. He's the only sophomore on the team and he's never spent more than an hour or two of practice with the other guys. Now he's been tapped to run in the district qualification meet and that means an overnight trip with the team. He knows he can run just as well as anyone else, but what happens when the race is over?