I Am Red

Children - Animals
78 Pages
Reviewed on 04/07/2020
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Author Biography

Linda Heavner Gerald has received much acclaim for her books. She has been writing for over eight years and has published twenty novels. Her work includes all genres. Linda writes each day with the goal of publishing books of substance. She draws from her medical background to alert her readers about current medical problems and provide inspiration through her travels. Linda hopes to transport her readers from the safety of their homes to places they may never discover. Her most important goal is to demonstrate that God loves all of us. Even though her characters create problems for themselves, she wittingly shows how God can extract us from the mess we make. The President's Book Award has been awarded several of her books over the past three years. This author has also obtained international acclaim. Linda's books are all over the world. Reader's Favorite bestowed the silver medal for her YA book, AnnaPolis Summers, in 2018. In 2019, Linda won the Reader's Favorite Gold medal in Urban Fiction for the book: Cycles Of Hatred.
The Gulf of Mexico delights her as she shares her world with her husband, Buddy, of twenty-six years, and their yellow cat, Jackson Brownie Gerald. Her son recently joined them in Florida, where the most beautiful beaches in the world welcome them.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Red loved his family, the Allen clan. His father was Kevin and his mother, Mary, and he had a brother, Bain. Red's name was Irish and it was shortened to Red because of his red-colored coat. They lived in Michigan and the family loved summers. One day they all decided to visit the beach and Red and Bain were very excited. When they arrived at Cape San Blas, finally it was time to walk on the beach. Red had never seen anything so awesome and it was very different from what Bain had described. Red could smell the salt in the water as well as the crabs and fish. He could also hear the fishing boats in the distance and the distinct sound of dolphins. The next morning Kevin bought a bright red and white striped kite. Everyone took turns running with it and they let Red also fly the kite. Bain made a beautiful sandcastle and everyone was happy but that night Red's life changed forever. Boom, Boom, Boom! The fireworks echoed in the night and Red was terrified. He ran as fast as he could and he reached an unfamiliar place where no one knew him.

I Am Red by Linda Heavner Gerald is a heartrending story and the fact that it is a real story about a dog in Cape San Blas makes it even more moving because it will make all readers, especially dog lovers, wish that Red is safe and happy wherever he is. The narration from Red's point of view is detailed and the author captures the beauty of the beach and the ocean wonderfully, making it tangible for young readers. It is a good book for storytelling sessions. It will encourage young readers to be kind and compassionate to homeless animals and make them look at the many Reds that might cross their paths with a different perspective.