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The Fourth Nephite (Fourth Nephite #1)

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Busted. Football star Kaleo Steele is caught under the high school bleachers with the wrong group of friends. Even worse, he's caught by his seminary teacher, Brother Mortensen. If Kaleo gets turned in, he'll be in jeopardy of missing the regional championship game.

It doesn't help that Kaleo has been cutting seminary class. But what's the point? Mumbo jumbo stories about

Hardcover, 263 pages
Published August 4th 2010 by Deseret Book
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Jul 02, 2010 Bre rated it really liked it
Kaleo Steele is unsure if he has a testimony; in fact he believes that Joseph Smith made everything up, including the Book of Mormon! Everything changes for Kaleo when he is caught with a beer in his hand by his seminary teacher. He is sent on a wild adventure 200 years back to Joseph Smith's time. Along the way, Kaleo sees for himself who Joseph Smith really was. Subsequently he gains a true understanding and testimony of Joseph Smith, as well as The Book of Mormon. I really liked this book! It ...more
Oct 31, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: school-wishlist
4.5 stars

Every once in a while a book takes me completely by surprise and I close the pages with a smile on my face. The Fourth Nephite Series is one I now have my eye on, awaiting book two. Here are a few of the many reasons I loved the first book, The Fourth Nephite:

1) The cover. The top half of the front page is gold metallic paper with rusty holes, like the golden plates and the rest of the cover illustration is perfect.

2) The author. I have met Jeffrey and his wife and two book signings an
Jan 06, 2011 Anna rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Since I was expecting this to be another time-travel-into-Book-of-Mormon-times-kind-of-a-book, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was a time-travel-into-Church-History-kind-of-a-book. Okay, so really I was just glad that it wasn't quite a Chris Heimerdinger take of, although it was getting fairly close.

The Church History facts seemed pretty accurate for the most part, but I didn't appreciate Joseph and Hyrum Smith being portrayed as having the manners of 11 year old boys. Having a food
Jul 21, 2010 Melissa rated it liked it
Interesting! Happily I received this book as an advance reader copy and read it aloud to the kids. It will be published in late August but you're invited to read my copy! It provided some good points for conversation. Although I don't seem to enjoy time travel books, I'm so glad we read it - particularly because of the perspective it gave my children concerning the value of scriptures.

Some parts of the book seemed to drag on needlessly but that is probably my opinion of time travel. :) Kaleo St
Aug 05, 2010 Brenda rated it really liked it
I really loved this story! Kaleo is a refreshingly honest and brave character (a teenage boy nonetheless) who has traveled back in time to see first hand the events surrounding the life of the Prophet Joseph. He has been sent back to learn this lesson as punishment for a bad decision, yet he embraces it and is able to learn from it. I was nervous when his life intersected with the Prophet and his family, but it was so tastefully done, I had no problem with it in the end. (I loved dinner at the S ...more
Jul 08, 2016 Cass rated it liked it
This story involves a high school football player, a bottle of beer, a seminary teacher, an alley hiding an unusual store filled with antiques, a cute girl, a very old man, time travel through tunnels underneath Salt Lake City, dinner with Joseph Smith's family, bullet wound, the Golden Plates, another cute girl, a key and a note from the very old man to the seminary teacher. It's a pretty good story and a pretty fast read. I liked it.
Feb 13, 2011 LuAnn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds
I read this book aloud to my 10-year-old son and he loved it! Honestly, so did I. Who would have thought a fantasy novel about a boy who travels to the time of Joseph Smith would have strengthened my testimony of the restored gospel, but it did.
Jun 04, 2017 Yougo rated it really liked it
Not a bad book, it started a little slower than I would have liked, but picked up and it seemed a lot like the tennis shoes amongst the nephites. Was it fantastic? No. Was it a stinker? No. I expect that perhaps the kids will enjoy it.
Oct 10, 2016 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
The narrator had kind of a strange accent that I found a little irritating. That said it was an interesting story mixing fantasy with real history (the author comes on at the end to talk about the real people done of the characters were based on). The pacing sort of drops off a bit abruptly at the end. If I didn't want him working on his mainstream series I'd want book two of this one!
When it comes down to it ... we can't all "see to believe." Some things we just have to believe. Kaleo gets to,
Nalani Brown
Jan 13, 2014 Nalani Brown rated it it was amazing
*spoiler alert, you have been warned*
I would give this book a rating of five out of five stars. The writing style of the book was pleasant, the story was set at a good pace, and it had an intriguing concept. The theme in the book is faith. I will, for the most part, be trying to discuss the message the author was trying to portray with the theme. When the main character, Kaleo, finds himself lost in an underground maze of sorts, and no one can hear him, he sits down and prays. Even though he isn
Mar 04, 2013 Natalie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites fans, people who like Mormon books
This is similar to the Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites series except the only difference is that instead of going into the Book of Mormon times the protagonist is going into the D&C times of the Church history.

The protagonist is a pretty interesting character, he's not perfect and has an attitude most of the time. He's a very likeable character to read about especially seeing him grow in an environment he is not used to. The only issue I have is the fact that this character has been done bef
Jan 28, 2013 ~Bellegirl91~ rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I loved how it shows that just an ordinary member of the Church of Jesus Christ can truly struggle in life and with their testimony and eventually coming through to knowing the truth for themselves. Not that I have had trouble but I have/had friends and family members who are in the same boat. One is a returned missionary working in Hollywood, CA as a makeup artist and struggling bad but SLOWLY more like baby step slow I think realizing where he is and attempting to cha ...more
Jul 20, 2010 Heather rated it it was amazing
A story of a Mormon teenager, Kaleo Steele, who is about to play the biggest football game of his high school career. College scouts will be in the stands, watching and deciding if Kaleo is good enough for a scholarship. But the night before the game, he gets invited to an after-school party, where some temptations seem too hard to resist. When his seminary teacher catches him doing something that jeopardizes Kaleo’s ability to play in the football game, they strike a bargain--a bargain that wil ...more
Beth Pearson
Oct 26, 2010 Beth Pearson rated it really liked it
I'm reading this outloud to the kids. We've been reading it for a few weeks--with lots of missed nights--but they are "into it" now and reminding me each night to read. I expect to finish it before the weeks end....We've only got about 4 more chapters.

Oct 31---We finished the book tonight. I kids enjoyed it. I don't think it was the greatest book ever, but I gave it 4 stars because I liked it message so much. It was nice having a story incorporating Gospel messages and testifying of Joseph Smith
Jul 19, 2010 Sheila rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-books
This is a great new book from Jeffrey S. Savage. LDS teens and their parents will love this book and so will adults who love YA books. I love the concept of going back in time, especially to meet the Prophet Joseph. This will be another great series by Jeff.

I always read his books so quickly. He is an awesome writer. He knows how to create wonderful characters that you love to care about. The main character,Kaleo, learns a lot on his adventure. At first you think he is another sassy kid that j
Dec 10, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
This is a creation from the pen of one of my favorite LDS authors. Make no mistake, this one is decidedly aimed at LDS readers.

I think many of us would list Joseph Smith as one of the people we would like to meet in heaven. Kaleo Steele, a 17 year old, high school football star with a very shaky testimony get's the opportunity to meet Joseph for real, during the time when he (Joseph) has retrieved the Golden Plates. It probably goes without saying, this is a time travel tale.

This 21st Century t
Aug 23, 2010 Rachelle rated it really liked it
I'd like to recommend this book to kids and adults who enjoy a bit of mystery and adventure sprinkled with humor and awesome LDS church history facts.

The main character, Kaleo, is remarkably well-written with believable character attributes that keep the story spinning and those pages turning--I was excited to see what role Kaleo would play in helping to protect the gold plates.
I loved how Jeff included so many answers to "popular" questions about the LDS or Mormon faith--questions that many tee
Michelle Llewellyn
May 15, 2011 Michelle Llewellyn rated it it was ok
Two stars because the book was not very well written. Harsh, I know, this is a successful published author I'm snarking! I even heard him speak at the 2009 LDS Storymakers conference. I've never read any of his other books and, I'm sorry, but after reading this one I'm not sure I want to.
See, when I can skim through an entire book in just one hour and know upon reaching the ending that I didn't miss anything important or add any new words to my own writing vocabulary, or that I've already read
Oct 30, 2013 Krista rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for an action packed adventure for your kids and you are a Latter Day Saint look no more. This book took my eye in the bookstore and I decided to give it a chance, I was the first in my family to read it and then my son!

My thoughts: I loved how I never got bored reading this, I often find that some LDS books are action at first and then taper off, not this one! Great family read, or on your own. Even though this is a middle grades to young adult book I loved it! Great writing
Aug 01, 2012 mom2wah rated it it was amazing
Great book.
A Highs school boy is invited to an after practice party. He is manipulated into ging where he reluctantly takes a beer. Just as he recieves it his seminary teacher walks by and sees him with it. Totally embarrassed he talks to the teacher who he tells he does not have a testimony of the Book of Mormon anyway. The seminary teacher says he will not report him if he will go see "Laden" and he gives him a card with the address. He has to go as if he gets reported he will not be able to p
Karlene Browning
Jul 17, 2010 Karlene Browning rated it really liked it
Just finished an ARC of The Fourth Nephite. Jeff Savage has done it again! I loved this book. Great action. Filled with suspense that kept me turning the pages. Good characterization. He talks about gospel concepts and testimony without being preachy--which is very hard to do.

The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is I'm not sure how I feel about the fantasy mixed with LDS Church history. In other books, I've definitely NOT liked it. But this one was handled very well. It wasn't offensive to
Mar 09, 2016 Alisha rated it liked it
I was overall disappointed in this book as I had high expectations. I did enjoy it but it took FOREVER to get the the main point. I thought the author took a ton of time on details that could be assumed. Also the main character drove me crazy-Teenager... And finally, I didn't really like the reader on the audio book, though I did get used to it further into the book but was not a fan... I did like the ending overall, though it left a lot hanging but I think that is because there is a sequel. I a ...more
Graham Bradley
Jun 03, 2010 Graham Bradley rated it liked it
Some of Savage's best writing came out in this book. I don't normally read or enjoy LDS fiction but "The Fourth Nephite" managed to mix historical/fantasy/YA elements and blend them into a message that actually means something. On top of that, it wasn't super heavy-handed, which was a big plus.

He also dispensed some cool historical facts about the early 1800s that lent legitimacy to the setting of the novel. Teens will benefit from what Kaleo Steele, the main character, learns as a result of hi
Mar 24, 2012 Ryelor rated it liked it
I'm not a big fan of LDS fiction, but I decided to give this book a try because I've enjoyed other books from this author. At first it had a Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites type feel, which isn't bad, just done before. By the end of the book, however, was completely immersed in the story and wanted more. (It's always good when a story leaves you wanting more.). Savage has avery reader friendly style, telling a good story without drawing attention to his writing. If you ver meet him in person you ...more
Rebecca Dean
Feb 22, 2011 Rebecca Dean rated it really liked it
I must have really liked this book, it only took me two days to read it, amongst work, life, etc. Fun read for youth and since I am a "youth" at heart, I really enjoyed it.

It is the first in a series and I am looking forward to the next book by Mr. Savage.

Savage lives in Spanish Fork, Utah, where I attended high school many, many years ago, so it is kind of fun thinking of that area and a wonderful author living there.

I am sending this book to my teenage grandsons, I think they will love it. The
Tamera Westhoff
Sep 23, 2012 Tamera Westhoff rated it really liked it
I thought this was a cute book, but I had a hard time getting into it. Teenage angst is not a favorite of mine, so I try to skip it. My son loved it and when he saw me reading it, he asked me if I had gotten to a certain part. So, obviously it stuck in his mind! I liked how he reacted to things, I thought it was very realistic. I can't even begin to imagine the shock I would be in to see myself in the past.
Jun 03, 2011 Catherine rated it liked it
This book was pretty decent. I enjoy reading time travel books, so it was neat to see him go back to the early 1800's. In the back of the book, the author tells what really happened in history and what he just made up in the story. I like it when authors explain that. This is a part of a series, and at first I thought that I wouldn't want to read any more of the books, but naturally, the ending left me wanting to know more.
Jan 22, 2016 Kathy rated it liked it
I listened to this one one tape. It was a "back in time to learn what really happened" story about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. It was a good story, but not what I was hoping for. I don't know - I was just disappointed. Sometimes these stories really teach a lot about the history & events, but this one didn't do that for me. I didn't really "feel" the change of heart of the main character. It was fine, but not one I'd tell my kids to read.
Sep 26, 2010 Crystal rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
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Oct 25, 2010 Susan rated it liked it
Good young people's time travel book. Kaleo, high school football hero, gets caught at a beer party under the bleachers by his seminary teacher. The agreement is that the teacher won't turn him in to the coach so he can't play ball, if Kaleo will visit with Ladan, a mysterious, old, blind man. He ends up traveling back to the time of Joseph Smith. Interesting. Set up as the first of who knows how many.
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