THIS COULD CHANGE EVERYTHING!
Kyle is a twelve-year-old boy who spends many Saturdays with his father at the beach. During their visits, Kyle tries to convince his father to explore a cliff that lines the shore, but to no avail. When his father is forced to work extra hours on the weekend, Kyle decides to investigate the cliffs by himself. However, after his first trip to the cliffs, he is startled to find two strange men lurking around, watching his every move.
When Kyle's next-door-neighbor and best friend, Kaitlin, finds out about his secret excursions, she insists on going with Kyle to explore. They continue their exploration until they stumble upon a discovery that could be considered one of the greatest of all time. Kyle faces a dilemma: Would it be best to protect the sanctity of an ancient people, or to allow the world a glimpse of the cliff's biggest secret, which might cause many to come to faith?
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About the Author
KRISTIN TUCKER is a 45-year-old Rockford, Illinois native who became enamored with reading at a young age. She began writing poetry at the age of twelve and has continued to write poems ever since. In her mid-twenties, she realized that in addition to her passion for poetry, she had a strong desire to craft a novel.
Prior to having her own children, Kristin attended Southwest Baptist University with the intent of getting a degree in Youth Ministry. During a summer break, Kristin interned with a local church and was amazed by the faith displayed in the young teens. Although she never made a career of youth ministry, that experience fueled her desire to see children of all ages surrounded with people and experiences that would strengthen their faith.
Kristin realized the important role that books played in her life as a Pre-teen and Teenager and how they played a large part in shaping the person she is. With this in mind, she wrote The Secret in the Cliffs, in which she blends adventure, humor, and the story of an adolescent boy that endeavors to live his life according to his faith.
Kristin is married to her loving husband, Greg. They each have their own businesses but feel blessed to be able to work together daily. Between the two of them, they have three children: Megan, Joshua, and Jacob.
You can find Kristin on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite Twelve-year-old Kyle Marshall was an explorer. His dad used to take him to the beach, but they would never venture as far as the rocks and cliffs where it seemed to Kyle the real treasure would be found. Taking advantage of some time alone, he let his spirit guide him. His instincts were right and, for his efforts, he was rewarded with two unusual treasures. He could only imagine what secrets they might reveal. However, their discovery brought consequences to it. Terrified for his safety, Kyle confides in Kaitlin and together they vow to uncover the secret in the cliffs. But it seems someone else has other plans. The Secret in the Cliffs is a young adult fantasy following the adventures of two friends, Kyle and Kaitlin, as they are drawn into a dangerous and mysterious situation. I enjoyed the characters' interactions, banter, and the steady pacing of the plot as events begin to unfold. There is action, danger, and excitement as the quest of discovery continues. Humor adds a slight relief in tense and dangerous situations. Kristin Tucker writes in an age-appropriate style with attention paid to bringing the characters, setting, and tension to life for the reader. This is the kind of book I read as a youngster; a thrilling, action-packed, and suspenseful story that leaves you eager to uncover the truth and solve the mystery. There are some insights and hidden wisdom suitable for a young audience. As well as being an adventure, it is also a tale about uncovering the truth, friendship, and knowing what is important.
The Secret in the Cliffs is a thrilling novel that will excite readers from start to finish thanks to the captivating story that takes the reader on an exciting and breathtaking journey. The Secret in the Cliffs for me was an engrossing read that enthralled me from the very first page to the very last; I struggled to put this book down because I desperately wanted to know what was going to happen to the novels memorable characters and I felt this way thanks to the author’s incredible writing that compelled me to read. Kristin Tucker is a talented and well-accomplished author and her work is gripping as well as riveting and holds a host of fantastic characters. Already I have to recommend this novel for you lovely readers to read, but if you need more convincing, then continue to read to learn more about the incredible The Secret in the Cliffs. The Secret in the Cliffs is an exceptional tale that will introduce the reader to the protagonist of the novel, Kyle, a twelve-year-old boy who loves to spend his weekends with his father at the beach. Kyle’s regular visits to the beach have made him curious about the cliff along the shoreline, and he desperately wants to go up there and look. However, his father says it is too dangerous, so he has not had an opportunity to… yet. When Kyle’s father starts working longer hours, Kyle finally has a chance to explore the cliffs and what he finds will shock and amaze readers and take him on an incredible adventure and this book lovers is the premise of the sensational The Secret in the Cliffs! The tale of The Secret in the Cliffs is gripping, glorious, and let’s not forget breath-taking. This novel truly did astound me with its captivating narration and thrilling plotline in which many twists and turns occur. As well as it being a great, gritty mystery, it is also a unique, diverse one which is unlike your typical novel and I have to say that I adored this because I was getting very tired of reading the same old mystery books so thank you Kristin Tucker for writing a novel that is fresh, exciting and gripping! Kristin Tucker is a talented author; there is no question about this. Tucker’s writing keeps the reader on the edge of their seat; her suspense-filled book reminds me of Alfred Hitchcock’s movies; there is a constant feeling of trepidation and a continuous sense of “what is going to happen next?” as I read this book. I was enthralled because this is how mystery and suspense books should be! I was thinking, “yes, finally I have found another great suspense-filled book” so thank you, Tucker, for writing a genuinely captivating and memorable story that will hook readers. Kristin Tucker can only be described as a talented, accomplished writer who knows what a reader wants in a great novel. As I read The Secret in the Cliffs I read every sentence slowly so that I could absorb all of the novel’s information; I felt if I was there and it made for an immersive reading experience. Tucker is an excellent writer who is well accomplished and her work astounded me from the very beginning thanks to her original plot, as well as her compelling characters that in turn made me invest in the story even more. To conclude my thoughts on the captivating novel that is The Secret in the Cliffs, I would say if you are bored with the same old books then take a chance with this gem because you will not be disappointed.The Secret in the Cliffs gets five stars from me!
Twelve year old Kyle Marshall lives with his parents in a seaside community. He and his dad used to spend many Saturdays together at the beach where Kyle would see some cliffs that line the shore and wanted to explore them, but Dad always said that they were too dangerous. Now that his father has a new job and is forced to work extra hours on the weekend, Kyle decides to investigate the cliffs by himself. He locates a hidden cave, his “secret place,” where he finds what appears to be a key made out of stone and a tooth that looks human but is much larger than a normal person’s tooth. He keeps these two items locked up in his treasure chest. Then, one day Kyle is startled to find two strange men lurking around, watching his every move, even chasing after him. He escapes but just has to tell somebody, so he confides in his next door neighbor and best friend, Kaitlin Davenport, a fellow sixth grader at school. When Kaitlin learns about his secret excursions, she insists on going with Kyle to search the cave further. What else do they discover there? How will their parents react to what they are doing? And who are those suspicious men? The Secret in the Cliffs blends adventure, humor, and mystery with the story of an adolescent boy who endeavors to live his life according to his faith. There are a few common euphemisms (doggone, gee, gosh, darn, heck), but no cursing or profanity is found. The families attend church, and the children pray. Kyle’s biggest dilemma is whether it would be best to protect the sanctity of an ancient people, or to allow the world a glimpse of the cliff’s biggest secret, which might cause many to come to faith. One reviewer wrote, “The main characters are dishonest to their parents in sneaking around.” I didn’t see any dishonesty, just kids being kids and doing kid things. The exciting plot keeps the reading interesting, and the book shows young people being raised with good morals. It’s a great tale.