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Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites (Tennis Shoes #1)

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Jim Hawkins has a bad attitude. What's more, he enjoys having a bad attitude about everything--especially about church.

Garth Plimpton is a fanatic. He's spent so much time studying the scriptures and thick books on archaeology that that he can't carry on a normal conversation with other kids. That's why they consider him a nerd.

Through an unusual chain of events, these t

Paperback, 268 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Covenant Communications (first published June 1989)
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Feb 14, 2014 Cara rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: LDS members
Excellent. This was the first word that came to my mind when I finished. Granted this book really isn't for everybody. It's geared towards middle school aged boys, but I can say (at least in my case) it didn't lessen my enjoyment of the book. I should also mention that this is really a book for people who already are LDS members. Of course you can read it if your aren't but I doubt that it would be as entertaining. A lot of the funny moments wouldn't make sense and it's always a shame not to get ...more
Mar 18, 2010 Teresa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE! All ages will enjoy it.
Recommended to Teresa by: My parents bought it for me when I was 14.
My fourth time "listening" to this book as we did it for our book club this month (all the other women who read it also liked it) so I'll be starting the series again. I usually do every few years so since it's been 1 1/2 years... I can't read them anymore because they're too addicting. Listening I still can clean and do things. Here's my review before if anyone's interested:

You have to read this series! VERY ADDICTING! After staying up all night to read the first three in a few days time I had
Apr 21, 2010 Kaylee rated it it was ok
it makes you think how lucky we are to have the book of mormon.
read this to my kids at night, they loved it!
Ebster Davis
Jan 27, 2014 Ebster Davis rated it it was ok
I've started reading this book several.times and found it so boring I couldn't continue it.

My dad and I went on a road trip and we listened to the novel on tape. We skipped the first CD because neither of us wanted to listen to it again.

The part of the Book of Mormon this story retells is full of intrigue and scandal; if you are unfamiliar with those events, this book is likely going to be really, really confusing.

This novel puts a lot of thought into imagining what life was like in mesoamer
May 25, 2010 Valerie rated it really liked it
Recommended to Valerie by: Cara
Shelves: male-protagonist
This book was highly recommended to me with no doubt that I would really like it, and I did. It is a story about a Mormon boy named Jim who is making a hard time for himself, hanging out with the wrong friends and such. That is until he meets and hangs out with Garth who is almost the exact opposite of him; Garth being studious, openly friendly, and patient. The two, along with Jim's sister, are somehow transported into a different place and time; as the cover suggests its back in the time of th ...more
Oct 15, 2015 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this series. I have read them several times and I never get bored with the story. The narration is both humorous and adventurous at the same time. I haven't read these since before I was in college and my more advanced literary eye noticed some things this most recent reading. Heimerdinger has a great voice. It's as if the main character is your friend talking to you about his adventures, rather than you reading a narrative. Heimerdinger's story concepts are original, but I fee ...more
This was MUCH better than I thought it was going to be. I had avoided it for years because it looked like horrible Mormon fiction. The story is mostly well done, and I loved the little politics and bringing to life of Nephite life.

The 2nd book was pretty over the top and unrealistic. (As in characters acting cheesy and stupid--not as in time traveling Book of Mormon characters.) So I don't know if I'll continue reading after Silver Sword.
Feb 10, 2009 Lanae3 rated it really liked it
Reading it to Garrett for story time!
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Jun 02, 2015 Aaron Hubbard rated it did not like it
My wife loves these books so I thought I would give them a try. I have to admit that I have always thought that Mormon fiction was a little weird. The author uses a lot of creative liberty to make the characters in the Book of Mormon come to life. I am not sure how I feel about that, I am pretty sure if we needed to know more about their personal lives Mormon would have added it to the plates. Heimerdinger also sneaks in his personal viewpoints on different subjects, for example, when girls shou ...more
Apr 25, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it
This book was very good! A great introduction to a new series. I think that one of the 2 main characters (it has been a while since I last read his name, so I don't remember it) was a bit unrealistically devoted to scripture masteries, especially for his age. I really like how Heimerdinger passed off the reason for writing it down, and I love that he secretly incorporated that reason in the very beginning of the book. The book had a lot of adventure and was educational, and I like that he showed ...more
Apr 07, 2015 Anna added it
Shelves: books-13-25
Jim is a snotty teenager who is beginning to lose his way from his family and his faith. Garth is the Peter Priesthood, Sunday School superstar. Obviously, they are complete opposites. However, when they discover an ancient mural that describes a natural wonder, their lives change forever. They go in search of the Rainbow Room with Jim's sister, Jenny, tagging along, and they discover a doorway to the past. While trying to find their way in this new world, they end up rubbing shoulders with Book ...more
Feb 25, 2014 Sheridan rated it it was amazing
We LOVE the Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites Series. Rob and I listened to it while we drove on any road trips when we were first married and we continued the traditions as we had our boys.

We recently started re-listening to the series in November and are up to book 4. This is the first time our 8 year old remembers hearing them and he loves them. The stories are old familiar friends to our older boys, who have read the books and listened to the audio books at least 3 or 4 times.

GREAT series fo
Nov 18, 2014 Daryl rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I can't wait to read the rest.
May 26, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-ya
So I've read this entire series, a long time ago, and I remembered that this first book was my favorite. It didn't disappoint as a selection to listen to in the car on our vacation. My family loved it, and I enjoyed hearing little bits of Jim's wit and commentary that I hadn't remembered. Some CDs are terrible when the author reads his own work, but that wasn't the case with this one.
Mar 05, 2008 Anne rated it it was amazing
I guessed the day I read this.. I think it was my junior year. I believe I read most of the series. I relaly enjoyed these books. When i read the scriptures, i would incorporate the stories and imagine what i had imagined while reading the books. It really helped to keep me interested in the scriptures. It was pretty silly when the kids that i babysat were reading the same book. :)
Gary Bernard
Feb 02, 2015 Gary Bernard rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-1-12
Jim, Garth, and Jennifer find a secret cavern that leads them through time and space to the ancient Americas. They find themselves amid the Nephites and Lamanites whose history they have studied in church through the writings of ancient prophets in the Book of Mormon. They find themselves in a time of the Book of Mormon where the Lamanites are preparing for battle against the Nephites with the Nephite dissenter Amalakiah at their head. The three friends work together with heroes they have learne ...more
Aug 26, 2015 Sheryl rated it it was amazing
I can't believe I am just now reading this book to my kids, Jayden got it six years ago for his baptism and it's just been collecting dust... So we pulled out the CDs while driving through Utah and started the adventure!

Great fictional version of true beloved Book of Mormon kids can't wait to start the next one!
just read it again... I loved it 9 years ago when I first read it and loved it again this time!
P.S. Let me know if anyone has a copy of the other books in the series :) I only got to book 5 last time but want to read them all again and the rest.
Cmh us
Jul 03, 2008 Cmh us rated it liked it
just started reading it! haha i noticed that you are too, brianne!
its kinda weird i guess...i'm not that far into it, though. I just hope that Jamie (Jim, whatever!) doesn't tell somebody about the picture!
Etta Mcquade
May 22, 2010 Etta Mcquade rated it it was ok
I listened to this with my Ovard grandchildren on a trip. They loved it, for which I'm glad. I thought it was ok.
Oct 27, 2015 Rachael rated it it was ok
I can see why this book has been so popular, and there were some things about it I did enjoy, like imagining Book of Mormon places and people. But I did not think it was good writing, (or reading, the CD was read by the author) and there were many things that were cheesy, such as the 13-year-old in love. The narrator was too often sarcastic for me to find him believable in serious times. Overall I guess I'm just not a fan of fictionalizing the scriptures either. However, I think tweens would lik ...more
Inspired Kathy
May 11, 2010 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it
It's been many years since I read this book but I know I enjoyed it because I still remember much of it.
Feb 26, 2014 Serenity rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book. It was written by a Christian/Mormon, and is an extremely intruiging, not to mention safe adventure. If parents are ever on the look out for a good adventure book for kids that does not contain any swearing, does not promote tattoos, drinking, or have any mention of sexual activity whatsoever, this is the book for you. I think it did talk a bit about the (non-polygamist) branch of the LDS church, but it was very brief. It was very well written, and really stood out to m ...more
Oct 04, 2008 Caleb rated it it was amazing
This book is really good. it will keep your attention

Abbey Belliston
Jim Hawkins has a stinky attitude about his life right now. It's really hard to be him right now. Being a Mormon and trying to be in his group of friends is not working out. He begrudgingly befriends Garth, and Garth tells him a secret that he has found that sends them to the previous time among some of the greatest warriors in The Book of Mormon.
This was an entertaining read, especially to help understanding and making the BoM fun for younger ages. It was a creative story that I found myself wi
Dec 12, 2011 Krista rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
fun to listen to with girls on Sundays
There are a few books I read as a kid that I absolutely loved. I read them over and over and felt connected to the characters as if they were real people. Such is the life of a homeschooled, introverted preteen girl. :) I was okay with it and still am.

I have gone back and read a few of these beloved books again as an adult. I have fallen back in love with some of them and felt the same magic, just as I did when I was young, like Sirena.

This series was among those beloved books. Reading through
Alec Hansen
Apr 13, 2016 Alec Hansen rated it really liked it
Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites is a story about a few Latter-Day Saint kids who go back the ancient America times. It begins when two of the kids, who did not like each other at first, start to become friends. At first I wasn't very interested because it started off kind of slow, but was good enough that I kept reading, and I am glad I did! The book is written in first person, with it often switching between the views of the different characters. The 3 characters are Jim Hawkins, Garth Plimpton ...more
Jun 30, 2012 Hila rated it liked it
Jim is 13 years old and is about to start his first year of junior high school, where his father is the principal. Over the summer, Jim and his former group of friends have a falling out, and now Jim is starting to hang out with Garth -- the class geek and church goodie-goodie who has all the answers. But Garth is into history -- especially Book of Mormon history. And he trusts Jim with a little secret he discovered: on a rock along the river bank is an ancient painting. And Garth is sure there ...more
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Chris Heimerdinger is an author and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) who has presently written sixteen adult and young adult novels, most of which center on religious themes familiar to LDS members. Most are published with Covenant Communications in American Fork, Utah. One title, A Return to Christmas was also picked up by Random House/Ballantine in 1995. When the t ...more
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Tennis Shoes (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • Feathered Serpent, Part 1 (Tennis Shoes, #3)
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