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Jamison

2nd Edition

by

Michele Wallace Campanelli

National Best-selling Author

“Jamison: The Case of the Numbers Kidnapper” by Michele Wallace Campanelli is an engaging and encouraging coming-of-age story that takes readers on a rollercoaster ride through the life of Debra Jamison, a resilient young girl with a dream of becoming a baseball player. Set in a small town, it starts with a glimpse into Debra’s challenging childhood. Raised in a family burdened by divorce and strained relationships, she grapples with feelings of loneliness and uncertainty. However, her unwavering determination and deep-seated vision set her apart from the beginning. As the story unfolds, readers are introduced to the mysterious kidnapping incident that shatters Debra’s world. Will Debra achieve her dream of becoming a Panther baseball player? What is the true identity of the kidnappers, and what drives their actions?

The book has several aspects that make it an enjoyable read. First, Campanelli’s storytelling makes you really immerse yourself in the lives of the characters. The story pulls you in, and you find yourself eagerly flipping the pages to discover what happens next. Next, the characters in “Jamison” are well-defined. Debra Jamison is a character who faces adversity with resilience. The supporting characters, including Vince, her mother, and her newfound father, Dan Brennon, are carefully crafted and play a vital role. At its core, “Jamison” explores the themes of solidity and the power of friendship. Debra’s journey from a troubled family life to pursuing her dreams of becoming a baseball player shows the strength of the human spirit. Her bond with Vince is the book’s emotional anchor—their unwavering camaraderie is heartwarming. Lastly, the novel has elements of mystery throughout. The initial kidnapping incident raises questions and makes you wonder about the motives and the ultimate resolution, adding a layer of suspense to the plot.

This makes “Jamison: The Case of the Numbers Kidnapper by Campanelli a book that beautifully discovers the resilience of the human spirit, the power of friendship, and the pursuit of dreams. It also leaves a lasting impact, reminding us that, no matter the challenges we face, with determination and support, we can overcome obstacles and achieve our dreams.

– The Moving Words Review

Official Entry: The Most Moving Book Award, Jan. 3, 2024

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