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A Matter of Control

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Five very different people wrestle with the ultimate question -- Who is in control?

Martha Richards is a high school English teacher who prides herself on her efficiency in the classroom and her ability to solve problems. Three of Martha’s students – Reba Washington, Alex Kowalski, and Travis Johnson – and Martha’s own son, Danny, find themselves entangled in a web of best
Paperback, 312 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by WestBow Press
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Excellent book!!
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was obviously written by an experienced teacher, familiar with both a student and a teacher's perspective. The dialog is believable, the transition between scenes is smooth, and the Christian world view is refreshing. This would appeal to adolescents (guys and girls) as there is a good balance between football, academics, and family life. As I neared the end of the book I knew a crisis was coming, but the victim and the results suprised me. Get this for your kids! ...more
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a well written book, I wish it was longer! Each character is believable and complex. You are drawn in on page one and stay there to the end. Looking forward to a sequel (?). This is a story for all ages but yes, it is ideal for Jr.HS-HS range. Well done!
Feb 19, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Five very different people wrestle with the ultimate question - Who is in control?

Martha Richards is a high school English teacher who prides herself on her efficiency in the classroom and her ability to solve problems

Excited about starting high school, freshman Reba yearns to be an actress but finds that life seems to be conspiring against her.

Sophomore Alex, a star on the football field, has a deep secret that could derail his future.

Travis, a junior, believes that his only way out of the
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This is an amazing book. So complex yet so simple. Brilliant writing. At first I felt a little confused with so many characters popping up but the stories seemed so good I thought I had to find out how this group became intertwined. I'm certainly glad I did continue reading as it proved to be fantastic. Everything from the football superstar's reading disability to the boy you can see so much good in but he feels the need to sell drugs in order to bring in money and appear cool to the gangs. My ...more
Mary Brown
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teenagers, adults, teachers
This novel about a Detroit high school English teacher and some of her students shows how people want to control their own lives, but usually find out that is not totally possible. I felt this book read like non-fiction, rather than fiction because, I too, had taught high school English for several years, my first assignment being in a tough NYC school. I could understand the teacher and see why each student thought and acted as they did, considering their everyday lives.
This is not a literary m
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
First may I start by saying I won this book (Christian lit) through a goodreads giveaway. I enjoyed this book and the only reason why I am not giving it a five star rating is because I felt that the ending was a bit rushed. The story focuses on five main characters, a teacher, her son, and three of her students. Through the book you see how they are all connected. You see how they all strive for some sort of control on their lives and how communication would have helped. I just would have liked ...more
Anneliese Grassi
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is definitely not a typical feel-good book, but boy did it keep you on your toes, wanting to rush to turn the page to see what happens next. It follows several young people trying to find their way through a rough area and high school, and issues that they are dealing with, and the teacher who tries to make everything better. I really like how it follows different types of kids (backgrounds, families, ages, genders) and the different types of problems that go on in their lives. It is so tru ...more
In this novel , 5 main characters' lives cross paths all connected to one very dedicated teacher . Their Christian faith is tested and saves them through prayer . Taking place in Detroit's inner city the reader is exposed to the challenges of innocent , sweet families living in the middle of gang warfare and street drugs . The characters all discover we are NOT in control . It is a great length and a wonderful read for all teachers and parents . ...more
Susan Burlew
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
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The basic story was good. Martha is a high school english teacher. She wanted to help several students. Her intentions were good but she overstepped. She makes a mess and learns a lesson. I had a hard time with how each problem worked out. Most were very hard to believe. Things don't happen this way in real life. In the end I was disappointed. ...more
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book!!!!
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enj0yed this book. Remarkable to see how God worked in the lives of these young(and older)folks.
Barbara Marks
Great premise, good character development, kind of a scary part which didn't seem to have many consequences.... ...more
Taylor Mccreary
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
An engaging, fast-paced story with a unique and intriguing plot. I especially appreciated the diversity of the characters and their struggles, and the way all their stories intertwined. I think readers of all ages can relate to them, and underclassmen in high school perhaps more than others. All in all, a great book that I very much enjoyed.
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I won this book from a Goodreads contest. It was a refreshing read.
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Already read this book when I found it had a new cover. Beautiful! Goes with the sequel nicely too!
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Through writing, Jody Eileen Solinski has found the avenue to marry four of her greatest loves: Jesus Christ, education, teenagers, and sports. She was drawn to the written word early in life, always having a book nearby to read, and in high school she started dabbling in writing herself. When she enrolled at UC Irvine as an English major, she took classes in poetry and screenwriting, and she work ...more

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