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Hidden Things: A #FSYALit discussion of the book CONVICTION by Kelly Loy Gilbert, a guest post by Ally Watkins

About Conviction:
Ten years ago, God gave Braden a sign, a promise that his family wouldn’t fall apart the way he feared.

But Braden got it wrong: his older brother, Trey, has been estranged from the family for almost as long, and his father, the only parent Braden has ever known, has been accused of murder. The arrest of Braden’s father, a well-known Christian radio host, has sparked national media attention. His fate lies in his son’s hands; Braden is the key witness in the upcoming trial.

Braden has always measured himself through baseball. He is the star pitcher in his small town of Ornette, and his ninety-four-mile-per-hour pitch al- ready has minor league scouts buzzing in his junior year. Now the rules of the sport that has always been Braden’s saving grace are blurred in ways he never realized, and the prospect of playing against Alex Reyes, the nephew of the police officer his father is accused of killing, is haunting his every pitch.

Braden faces an impossible choice, one that will define him for the rest of his life, in this brutally honest debut novel about family, faith, and the ultimate test of conviction. (Publisher’s Book Description, Published May 2015 by Disney-Hyperion)


  1. Ramona Lowe says

    I loved this book for the very reasons you pointed out. Getting to the heart of the matter was so painful, and I felt Braden’s isolation like physical pain. I loved how Loy took her time to develop the story and peel back the layers–and I was heartened by the resolution. Just an exceptional book–and worth the wait! (I pre-ordered based on an early review).

    When I was a teen Christian and even as a young adult believer, the book choices were either non-existent or facile. Thanks for such a great book, Ms. Loy!

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