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The Golden Crown (Tennis Shoes #7)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  3,588 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
Hang on to your seats as the heart-pounding adventure of Harry Hawkins and Meagan Sorenson in the land of Jerusalem and the world of the Romans races toward its thrilling conclusion.

In a nightmarish twist of events, Harry finds himself in the midst of unforeseen enemies who seek to separate him from all he holds dear. To make matters worse, Garth Plimpton and Meagan are fo

Paperback, 338 pages
Published October 28th 1999 by Covenant Communications (first published January 1st 1999)
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Erica (daydreamer)
Oh Apollus, you melt my heart with your hard core, studly, cocky Roman exterior, and your soft, romantic, insecure, yet powerfully strong and spiritual interior. If only you were real. And Gidgiddonihah, I miss you already. Though I know your story isn’t over yet. You’re my favorite character I have ever journeyed with. If you were real, you would be my favorite Book of Mormon hero. You are one brilliant, astounding Nephite, I wish there were more men like you. And Chris Heimerdinger, you mange ...more
I had not expected this book to go as it did--everyone getting involved and being everywhere. Having shot a year or two in the future. It was mind-boggling and still exciting to me. And the best part was the wonderful scene at the end. Again, I was made to think "What if...?" and really look at how the people in the scriptures were real--that there was so much more of their lives that never made it onto the pages of scripture.
Mar 25, 2009 Michelle rated it liked it
I've really enjoyed all of these books. They're not "Great Literature" but the stories are uplifting, exciting, inspiring, and educational, I've learned so much and felt so good while reading them. That, I think, is time well spent.
Aug 24, 2009 Steve rated it liked it
I like it that Harry was able to teach Micah and the others on the island. I learned that they don't make vases like they use to. Don't leave the Roman in the car.
Maddie Senator
Dec 22, 2009 Maddie Senator rated it it was amazing
This is probably my most favorite book of the whole series! It was interesting and action-packed from the beginning to the end, and we finally get closure to the three book story arc that started with "The Sacred Quest."

Harry and Meagan (soon to be step brother and sister, if they can ever get back to modern times where their parents are engaged to get married)are separated once again and both propelled on amazing and highly entertaining journeys. Harry and Gid accidentally get picked up by slav
Mar 05, 2017 Holli rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Hunter Hayes
Sep 14, 2012 Hunter Hayes rated it it was amazing
This book is a historical fiction novel with surprising turns (despite the fact that some events get rather predictable). Every other book (up to book five) thought you could only go into Book of Mormon times (using the rainbow room), and all of a sudden they find a place (the galaxy room, a side tunnel off of the rainbow room) that takes you to new testament times. This is a great book in a great series, but if you are anything like me you will get quickly irritated at this book
Jesse Whitehead
Aug 11, 2010 Jesse Whitehead rated it it was ok
This book has gotten really ridiculous. I hope that things improve now that this tripartite story has been beaten to death.

The Golden Crown serves as an extended epilogue to the two previous books. This time Harry is the one who is missing. The problem is that the entire book seems to have no purpose. Harry gets shipwrecked on an island for three years – while only six months pass in his own time. Then he argues with some Greeks, meets Luke, throws in a gratuitous reference to Star Wars – someth
Aug 30, 2011 04mattl rated it it was amazing
The Golden Crown was a very exciting adventure story, which is the continuation of the last book in the series. Chris Heimerdinger is a very good author. He has written many books but I think that his best books have been the Tennis Shoes among the Nephites Series. The main theme in this book is, to trust your instincts and to rely on friendship to help you out in the end. The audience this book targets is mostly teens that like adventure stories, but I think anyone would like it.

In the Golde
Oh golly. At the beginning of these books I am always a little bit slow and kind of have to make myself read a little bit. Then it snowballs out of control, and by the end I'm crying and just a mess. And dying to read the next one. It's really not healthy.
Read a former review of this series for my criticisms, they are basically all the same. Except my issue with the italics. I don't know what it is about Heimerdinger writing in italics for Meagan's POV, which has it's faults, but I'm okay with
Jun 02, 2013 08AustinC rated it it was amazing
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The problem of this book is Harry and Gid are caught by gladiators and are accused of a crime agianst Rome. The setting of this book is in Rome in 70 AD. I don't think that the setting of this book could be anywhere else, or else it would be a whole different story. The main characters are Apolas-a young roman soldier Harry-a 15 year old mormon, and american Mary-Harry's future wife and also a mormon Megan Harry's younger sister and like Harry is a mormon. Summary:Harry and Gid were walking down ...more
Kenzie Payne
Sep 14, 2014 Kenzie Payne rated it liked it
In this book Meagan and Harry find themselves stuck in first century A.D. Harry and Meagan are separated and forced to take actions that will either help or hurt the other.
I've been reading this series for a while now and of course had to continue till I am done, my brother was the first person to recommend it, I've liked his recommendations in the past so I gave it a try and I've really enjoyed reading this series.
I really liked the whole plot of this book all the unexpected twists and turns
Aaron Hubbard
Apr 11, 2011 Aaron Hubbard rated it did not like it
More of the same "adventures" as the other books; kidnappings, people missing, easy escapes, Nephite warriors running around (yes there are Nephites are running around in a book set in the apostate New Testament). The creative limitations of the author are evident the longer this series goes.

This was one of the better books in the series and it puts an end to the story of the previous two books. One thing that has bugged me about these books is the time difference between the ancient and modern
My one big problem - Harry ages 3 years in New Testament times, comes home to the present day and only 6 months have past. Yet he is able to go on a mission immediately, regardless of birth certificates. I know, I know, it's just simple fiction. It bugged me though and made it difficult to suspend my disbelief. I feel like the time travel element in these is fine enough but the change of time between "dimensions" or whatever is thrown in just because. I feel like he didn't think through the time ...more
Jul 13, 2011 Dad rated it it was amazing
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Heimerdinger does a marvelous job of mixing things up and is so imaginative to bring in so much illustration of the times he portrayed and relating it to the scriptures. He is a master writer. I like his using two fonts to say when either Meagan is speaking or Harry. The Schytian warriors were cool. Also, his illustration of how the false prophet operated and how apostacy can come about so quickly was a masterpiece and helped me see why Christ's Church was dismantled but he also adds that the i ...more
The conclusion of Megan and Harry's adventures in Israel, the book begins with Harry being sold into slavery, and Megan forced to go back to the modern world for help. When she returns with reinforcements, it is only to discover that things have changed drastically from when she left. While Harry struggles to survive and to complete his mission there, Megan and his family struggle to find him.

I thought it was a great way to tie up the story line that had been progressing for the past 3 books. It
Oct 24, 2011 02AmandaL rated it it was amazing
I thought that is was a Faboulos book. It is about two teens that go on an adventure to find Harry's sister's true love. The only thing is that he does not live in the same time period as they do. He lives back among the nephites. His name is Marcos. Harry and Meghan are so deperate to find him because Melody (Harry's sister) is very sick and might die. As they set out on this quest, Harry meets poeople from the past. Some good, and some very very bad. They face many life or death situations. It ...more
Apr 27, 2009 Frank rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Seven Churches: 5
The Lost Scrolls: 4
Silversword: 4 (The reason is it is a 4 is it's too
much like the 60's.
The Feathered Serpent book 1: 5
" " " " 2: 7 (I know, I know. It only goes to 5.
This was the best of the books in this
series so far!)
The Golden Crown: 5 A really good bood. 2nd to Seven

Nov 30, 2014 Angie rated it liked it
Like all the other books in this series, this one gets off to a slow start (the snarky recap at the beginning certainly doesn't help), but, thankfully, this book is much more entertaining than the last two. Apollus is a nice addition, any story with Gid in it is better for it, and I like 18-year-old Harry a lot more than 15-year-old Harry. Just don't think too much when you get to the end, because the author completely glosses over the confusing aspects of Harry being gone a year but aging three ...more
Apr 01, 2015 Melissa rated it liked it
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Mar 21, 2014 Hailey Gregg palagar rated it really liked it
In this book, we discover that Harry has been trapped on the Island for quite some time. He is rescued, and then the adventure begins. He finds that marry has been kidnapped. The gang reconvene and try to save her. This one was a tear jerk-er.

I appreciated the story line answering a lot of questions for me in this book. It was a lot of fun to see the characters in new places. The ending left me wanting but the next book helped sate some of that hunger.
Jul 09, 2009 Mackenzie rated it liked it
Harry finds himself seperated from his friends and family abord a slave ship. Meanwhile megan and Garth are forced to leave him to go get help and supplys in the modern world, accoumppied with them comes Apollus, confused by the new world, they come back to the Roman world with Jim, Sabrinia , and steffine to find that the world of the Romans was no how they left it.
Apr 28, 2011 Charissa rated it it was amazing
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This is book 3 that concludes the adventure of Meagan and Harry (or so you think). Awesome ending to the story and I loved the fast-paced plot and all the places they visit. I love the author notes to help me know what is real and the research done behind each event or place in the story. Classic LDS fiction that I'll love forever.
Mildly entertaining. Like the other books in the series, it is really directed at a young teenager (or younger) age group. I read this and subsequent books in the series at the insistence of my daughter who was a big fan. Though I enjoyed them, I appreciated them even more because they served as a catalyst for discussing related doctrinal concepts and concerns with my daughter, and later my son.
Apr 13, 2011 Oscar rated it liked it
I keep wondering why anyone would go back in time with so much possible danger there. I don't think I would.

The story does seem to go on and on but I keep wondering what is going to happen next. And I keep enjoying the adventure.

I have already started the next in the series and will probably read all of the series.
Nov 04, 2008 Melissa rated it liked it
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I really like the whole series so far and definitely like this one better than Books 5&6, but still pretty cheesy and got tired of the characters. It did have better written adventures than Books 5&6.
Dec 11, 2009 Melissa rated it it was amazing
LOVE this series! The Book of Mormon takes on a hold new light. Amazing read the whole series never gets old. Adventure, romance, spirituality! I would recommend these to 12 and up because of the violence.
Rebeccah Mildenstein
Jul 26, 2008 Rebeccah Mildenstein rated it it was amazing
Historical fiction still, but cute love story. I really loved the part about Harry when he spent 3 years on an island with 19 other men teaching them the gospel. It was a great interpretation and example of how missions may have gone back in Greek times.
Apr 04, 2011 Ashley rated it it was amazing
This was by far one of my more favorite books. The story began in the last book with Meagan and Harry. In this book it continues and every one of the characters I know and love from the older books joins in.
Sep 24, 2011 Luisa rated it it was amazing
Muuuuuch better than "The Lost Scrolls". Exciting and suspenseful. I'm excited to see where the story goes next.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Tennis Shoes (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites (Tennis Shoes, #1)
  • Gadiantons and the Silver Sword (Tennis Shoes, #2)
  • Feathered Serpent, Part 1 (Tennis Shoes, #3)
  • Feathered Serpent, Part 2 (Tennis Shoes, #4)
  • The Sacred Quest (Tennis Shoes, #5)
  • The Lost Scrolls (Tennis Shoes, #6)
  • Warriors of Cumorah (Tennis Shoes, #8)
  • Tower of Thunder (Tennis Shoes, #9)
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