Author: Karen Kingsbury
Publisher: Zondervan 2010
Where I got it: Library
Why I read it: She's one of my favorite authors, and this book is tied into another book of hers.
Rating: 5+ Stars
Unlocked is about a boy named Holden Harris who developed Autism after turning the age 3. His parents think that he developed this after a series of vaccinations he got when he turned 3 because of the high level of mercury. When Holden was 3 years old, his parents were best friends with Sharon Reynolds and her husband, who had a daughter the same age named Ella. Ella and Holden were best friends. With Holden being a non-communicative autistic, he's locked into his own world. After Ella (who is in the "popular" crowd) sees the jocks and others bullying Holden, she decides to become fast friends with him (after a long time of not having one) and tried to end the bullying at their school. Ella comes to discover that there is something that will Unlock Holden from his own world --- Music. So Ella sets out to get Holden to be allowed to participate in their schools rendition of Beauty and the Beast.
This book is full of miracles, heart felt thoughts, ideas, and it's heart warming and heart breaking all at the same time. It's an amazing story, based on a true event that happened in Karen's life!!! This book will make you see that miracles do happen every day, and if you believe in God as I do, God works miracles every day too!!! You will find yourself hoping and fighting for Holden, hoping that he'll become Unlocked and that his family will get that three year old boy back again after 15 years.
I believe this book is a must read!!! Karen also has a series out called the Above the line series, which is a series about Christian film makers trying to make a difference in the world. In the last book of this series, they do a movie called Unlocked! Which is this book I'm reviewing now. How cool is that?
I suggest you run out right NOW and get this book!!!