Thursday, September 10, 2009

Book Review: Hocus Focus by Stephen Hines

Author Stephen Hines is one of the most creative and interesting authors I’ve run across. He infuses his experiences and perspective on life into his writing, providing an authentic voice that resonates with young adults who sometimes struggle to fit in—an audience often missed or overlooked.

Tween and teen readers will be drawn into Hocus Focus, a story that follows Lenny (a skate-boarding punk rock fan) as he struggles to find his way in a new school in a new town. Snobs, detentions, a band competition, friendships, a girl of interest all mixed with Lenny's troubled past and his effort to find his place.

The added twist is the contact lenses Lenny gets from the creepy local eye doctor, causing him to see weird images of teachers and classmates. Without giving too much away, it's what drives Lenny to understand who he truly is, vaulting him towards becoming the confident young man he never thought he could be—all this as time is running out to literally save his girlfriend, Pauline.Hocus Focus is a fun, unique read that shouldn't be missed.

Be sure to check out the book trailer: Book Trailor for Hocus Focus.
Hocus Focus is available in print at selected book stores as well as by special order, and through Kindle. See the author's website for details.


  1. Couldn't agree more. I'm reading Hocus Focus now and loving it. Witty and fun, kids and adults alike can enjoy this book.

  2. Cool! Don't hesitate to let Stephen Hines know your thoughts when you get finished!

  3. Terry,
    This sounds like an interesting book. I will have to add it to my wish list.

    So many books to read, so little time and money to go around.

  4. Cher Green,

    I know, so many books, and not enough time.