Jim Hawkins has a bad attitude What s , he enjoys having a bad attitude about everything especially about church Garth Plimpton is a fanatic He s spent so much time studying the scriptures and thick books on archaeology that that he can t carry on a normal conversation with other kids That s why they consider him a nerd Through an unusual chain of events, these two opposites become fast friends It all began when Garth told Jim a simple truth They really existed once, you know Who Jim askedNephites, Garth replied Every character in the Book of Mormon ate, slept, died, was buriedThat statement, taken for granted before, would soon echo deeply in the two boys minds because they were on the trail of a chilling secret


10 thoughts on “Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites

  1. Cara Cara says:

    Excellent This was the first word that came to my mind when I finished Granted this book really isn t for everybody It s geared towards middle school aged boys, but I can say at least in my case it didn t lessen my enjoyment of the book I should also mention that this is really a book for people who already are LDS members Of course you can read it if your aren t but I doubt that it would be as entertaining A lot of the funny moments wouldn t make sense and it s always a shame not to get Excellent This was the first word that came to my mind when I finished Granted this book really isn t for everybody It s geared towards middle school aged boys, but I can say at least in my case it didn t lessen my enjoyment of the book I should also mention that this is really a book for people who already are LDS members Of course you can read it if your aren t but I doubt that it would be as entertaining A lot of the funny moments wouldn t make sense and it s always a shame not to get a good joke.I absolutely thought that the main characters, Jim and Garth, were the perfect match to go back to the time of the Nephites and Lamanites Jim with his sense of adventure and Garth with all his knowledge of the Book of Mormon made this team priceless I thought the author did everything almost pitch perfect From how he thought all the heroes of the Book of Mormon would have acted to the general feel of the culture at the time When I finished I wanted to go right away and read the Book of Mormon and see how well the book followed the events that actually happened well I am really going to do that after I finish this review.This book is the first of the series and I m sorry to say that I know I won t be reading any of the others, even though I really did think this book was a real gem It just that I know that the other books won t have the same charm as this one Jim will no longer be a rebel which was part of what made the book funny and there is only so much chessiness don t think that s a word but oh well you can take It was fine in this one but I doubt as Jim gets older it will be as endearing I know if I read the whole series that it would mess up this happy, glowy feeling I m getting from the first one.The story did it s job though It made all those stories I read in the Book of Mormon seemreal, even though obviously I knew they were true A definite must read for any boys out there that sound like they are Jims


  2. Kaylee Kaylee says:

    it makes you think how lucky we are to have the book of mormon.


  3. Teresa Teresa says:

    My fourth time listening to this book as we did it for our book club this month all the other women who read it also liked it so I ll be starting the series again I usually do every few years so since it s been 1 1 2 years I can t read them any because they re too addicting Listening I still can clean and do things Here s my review before if anyone s interested You have to read this series VERY ADDICTING After staying up all night to read the first three in a few days time I had My fourth time listening to this book as we did it for our book club this month all the other women who read it also liked it so I ll be starting the series again I usually do every few years so since it s been 1 1 2 years I can t read them any because they re too addicting Listening I still can clean and do things Here s my review before if anyone s interested You have to read this series VERY ADDICTING After staying up all night to read the first three in a few days time I had to get the rest on audio so I could still have a life There are 10 so far withto come They re fiction but the characters are going through events in the Book of Mormon so you feel you re there and you get adventure, suspense and spirituality all in one The first one may seem for younger readers as it starts out when he s 13 but you have to read it and everyone I know who s read them has loved them Even my Dad and husband All Chris Heimerdinger s books are worth reading as he has a lot of others not in this series and his first movie based from his other book is out on DVD now Passage to Zarahemla


  4. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    I absolutely love this series I have read them several times and I never get bored with the story The narration is both humorous and adventurous at the same time I haven t read these since before I was in college and myadvanced literary eye noticed some things this most recent reading Heimerdinger has a great voice It s as if the main character is your friend talking to you about his adventures, rather than you reading a narrative Heimerdinger s story concepts are original, but I fee I absolutely love this series I have read them several times and I never get bored with the story The narration is both humorous and adventurous at the same time I haven t read these since before I was in college and myadvanced literary eye noticed some things this most recent reading Heimerdinger has a great voice It s as if the main character is your friend talking to you about his adventures, rather than you reading a narrative Heimerdinger s story concepts are original, but I feel the endings are rushed He approaches the fantastic climax with a lot of foundation of imagery and character development, but afterwards proceeds to the denouement with almost the minimum amount of words to get there The series is still one of my favorites that I am sure I will read severaltimes


  5. Aaron Hubbard Aaron Hubbard says:

    My wife loves these books so I thought I would give them a try I have to admit that I have always thought that Mormon fiction was a little weird The author uses a lot of creative liberty to make the characters in the Book of Mormon come to life I am not sure how I feel about that, I am pretty sure if we needed to knowabout their personal lives Mormon would have added it to the plates Heimerdinger also sneaks in his personal viewpoints on different subjects, for example, when girls shou My wife loves these books so I thought I would give them a try I have to admit that I have always thought that Mormon fiction was a little weird The author uses a lot of creative liberty to make the characters in the Book of Mormon come to life I am not sure how I feel about that, I am pretty sure if we needed to knowabout their personal lives Mormon would have added it to the plates Heimerdinger also sneaks in his personal viewpoints on different subjects, for example, when girls should start wearing make up The main character, Jim, becomes the mouthpiece for Heimerdinger and the book almost seems like he is trying to teach Sunday School throughout the book


  6. Kelly Kelly says:

    read this to my kids at night, they loved it


  7. Valerie Valerie says:

    This book was highly recommended to me with no doubt that I would really like it, and I did It is a story about a Mormon boy named Jim who is making a hard time for himself, hanging out with the wrong friends and such That is until he meets and hangs out with Garth who is almost the exact opposite of him Garth being studious, openly friendly, and patient The two, along with Jim s sister, are somehow transported into a different place and time as the cover suggests its back in the time of th This book was highly recommended to me with no doubt that I would really like it, and I did It is a story about a Mormon boy named Jim who is making a hard time for himself, hanging out with the wrong friends and such That is until he meets and hangs out with Garth who is almost the exact opposite of him Garth being studious, openly friendly, and patient The two, along with Jim s sister, are somehow transported into a different place and time as the cover suggests its back in the time of the Nephites With a character like Jim I would ve enjoyed almost any sort of adventure that would come his way He is funny, sarcastic, but also caring The journey was really well done I m pretty sure that the author did research about how the life of the Niphites might ve been like, from their build, and house structures to the way they might ve ate and even their personalities seemed well thought out There was lots of description but not overbearingly so that I could appreciate because their must ve been a lot of effort put into it As for Jim, his sister and Garth s adventure, I was surprised at how significant of a role they played without it seeming to change the way of the original Book of Mormon But I guess it makes sense since the Lamanites and Nephites weren t just made up of the big names like Amalaki, Moroni and Helamen It has its adventure and excitement, though I wish I would ve seenof Jim s sister And I didn t like how it ended I didn t seem fair to Garth, Jim and Jenny They are young kids I guess but after all that It makes sense and guess it was for the best but I m still mopping


  8. Ebster Davis Ebster Davis says:

    I ve started reading this book several.times and found it so boring I couldn t continue it My dad and I went on a road trip and we listened to the novel on tape We skipped the first CD because neither of us wanted to listen to it again The part of the Book of Mormon this story retells is full of intrigue and scandal if you are unfamiliar with those events, this book is likely going to be really, really confusing This novel puts a lot of thought into imagining what life was like in mesoame I ve started reading this book several.times and found it so boring I couldn t continue it My dad and I went on a road trip and we listened to the novel on tape We skipped the first CD because neither of us wanted to listen to it again The part of the Book of Mormon this story retells is full of intrigue and scandal if you are unfamiliar with those events, this book is likely going to be really, really confusing This novel puts a lot of thought into imagining what life was like in mesoamerica as seen through the eyes of an average mormon kid Written in the style of a first person memoir This novel renewed my hatred for that narriative form Every character, interaction, and plot twist every aspect of this ancent world is communicated through this really irritating and ignorant character.The moments that could have given soul to the story are glazed over Maybe the author thought they would be too deep for his target audience, or sound to phoney coming from such a superficial character The plot itself did start to become.intriguing, right before it was resolved I think the concept behind this story was a good one I liked the idea of bringing ancient south america to life in this way However, I didn t get enough out of it to warant reading the sequel I don t care what happens to Jim Hawkins, I care what happens to Alma, Pahoran, and Moroni And I can read that in the Book of Mormon Edit I listened to this on CD and the guy who reads it varries the volume of.his voice instead of the tone or pitch So the dialogue WILL BE REALLY LOUD, and the narriative will be really, really low We had to adjust the volume frequently


  9. Kamry Kamry says:

    The book Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites, by Chris Heimerdinger, is about the main boy, Jamie, called Jim, who becomes friends with Garth when Jim s sister Jennifer follows them into a cave, back in time The boys are twelve or thirteen years old, and Jennifer is ten or eleven In the land they travel to, they got captured, and were saved by a nice group of people to take care of them Jennifer was separated from the boys, and the boys became translaters for all the people I gave this book fiv The book Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites, by Chris Heimerdinger, is about the main boy, Jamie, called Jim, who becomes friends with Garth when Jim s sister Jennifer follows them into a cave, back in time The boys are twelve or thirteen years old, and Jennifer is ten or eleven In the land they travel to, they got captured, and were saved by a nice group of people to take care of them Jennifer was separated from the boys, and the boys became translaters for all the people I gave this book five stars because I have read a book with the characters that helped Garth and Jim, so the book s plot was easy to follow I also gave it five stars because a lot of the subjects it talked about I could relate to Each event smoothly went into the next event too The only thing I didn t like was that there were a lot of words on just one page, and the pages were tall, so it made it hard for me to read The life lesson of this book, is that your friends and family will always be there for you when you need them, and to always be nice to everyone, because you could lose them at any moment, and you need to cherish those moments you do have with them


  10. Patrick Patrick says:

    This was MUCH better than I thought it was going to be I had avoided it for years because it looked like horrible Mormon fiction The story is mostly well done, and I loved the little politics and bringing to life of Nephite life The 2nd book was pretty over the top and unrealistic As in characters acting cheesy and stupid not as in time traveling Book of Mormon characters So I don t know if I ll continue reading after Silver Sword.