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Reviewed by Claudia R.

“I saw a whole new way of living where people had a true sense of family, working and playing together because they had a common goal–to survive, make something of the situation, move on to the next step, never sell themselves short.” – Paul, Turnaround Summer.

What happens when you take a 15-year-old boy from Seattle, Washington, and offer him an adventure of a lifetime? Suffice it to say, the boy who embarks on this journey is not the same one who returns from it.

Meet Paul Hansen. 15, caught in between feuding parents about to end a 27 year marriage, and delivered in to the infamously capable hands of the Helsets in Clearwater British Columbia for the summer.

Having already heard the tales of Ted Helset’s exploits, Paul enters a world filled with hard work with some trepidation and a lot of excitement. In the majestic and pristine mountains of Canada, Paul is introduced to a different way of life and how the very nature of survival, all that it demands, can change a wet-behind-the-ears teenager in to a man.

Written tenderly and with humor, Turnaround Summer is entertaining, moving and beautifully descriptive. Simple, sweet and honest, this story of boy-turn-man serves as a reminder to us all that boys need mentors, and that mentors come in all shapes and [amazonify]1935359177[/amazonify]sizes, exist in all walks of life. The reader is offered a personal glimpse in to a simpler way of life, one that is steeped in tradition, hard work and familial bonds, and presented with a story based on first hand experience that both author and reader aren’t soon to forget.

A heartwarming must read for anyone with children or in need of a feel good story of life and how our experiences and the people we meet mold us and our futures.

Visit the Turnaround Summer website to learn more!

Claudia lives on Cape Cod with her husband and two children. She entertains her passion for reading in between being a full-time Mom, aspiring writer, avid photographer & volunteer for Missie’s Closet, an emergency food & necessities pantry for the low-income in her area.

This book was provided free of any obligation by Paul Hansen. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.