“The Frontier Boys” is a fast-paced adventure where sports, crime, and moral dilemmas meet. Based on the film of the same title, author and director John Grooters explores the consequences of big crime on a small town. Readers will find themselves drawn into the characters’ struggle between loyalty and fear.
Parents need to know that this book is largely concerned with gangs, drug dealing, and gun violence. While realizing that these are real-life elements in our fallen society, the author does his best to curb bad language and show positive alternatives to a life of crime.
“The Frontier Boys” is filled with spiritual content, and prayer is a major theme. One scene that the author creates particularly well shows how when some prayers are answered in the way a character wants, other characters may still suffer; but God’s will is perfect throughout.
I recommend this book to teens and parents of teens who want to see how Christianity plays out in real-life gang situations. But I also advise parents to discuss these themes in depth with their kids. Some of the situations are pretty intense! Readers will also get a healthy dose of basketball, so a working understanding of the game might be helpful.