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Book Review

The Encore by Sarah Anne Sumpolec has been reviewed by Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine. It is the fifth book in the "Becoming Beka" series.

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

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Pro-social Content

Objectionable Content

Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

Returning from winter break, Beka finds herself in the principal's office for the song she wrote and performed for the holiday concert. Mr. T, her teacher, defends her right to express herself through music and protests the administration's interference with his music program. The principal relents.

Josh, in college, writes to Beka and wants his friendship with her to continue. Another boy, Mark, calls himself her boyfriend. Beka enjoys being around Mark but is confused over which boy she should be in relationship with. Beka tries to watch out for Lucy, her little sister, but is no match for Mai, who influences Lucy to have sex in order to be popular and cool.

The L.A. producers want to meet with Beka after hearing her demo. Josh asks her to be his girlfriend and transfers from Seattle Pacific to Asuza Pacific in Los Angeles to be near Beka as she starts her singing career. Beka understands that everything in her life is put there by God to make her who He wants her to be. She looks forward to His plan for her life.

Christian Beliefs

Beka and Lori grow in their Christian faith. Beka slowly learns that she can rely on God. Because Beka's relationship with God is getting stronger, she can see that Mark's Christian walk is unfocused. Beka eventually breaks up with him. Josh's beliefs are strong. He is very vocal about believing that God will direct their relationship. He trusts God with his future.

Other Belief Systems


Authority Roles

Beka's dad is the main authority in her life. Even though work problems distract him, he is a positive role model. He cares deeply for his children and seeks God so that he will do what is best for them. Beka's principal is an example of negative authority and seems to be very angry and spiteful. Mr. T is an example of someone who takes a stand for what is right.




Mark and Beka often kiss while dating. Beka feels like Mark is pushing her to be more physical. When Beka is at a party, she is a little disturbed by all of the kids kissing. Beka and Josh kiss a few times, but Beka knows that Josh's kisses will not lead to anything else. Beka's friend, Lori, is troubled because of her dad's problem with pornography.

At one of the parties, Beka finds Lucy upset, and Lucy asks to be taken home. Lucy eventually tells Beka that she and Ethan had sex. When she told Ethan to stop, he told her that it was too late, and they ended up having sex. Beka wants Lucy to tell the police, because it sounds like Ethan raped her. Lucy doesn't see it that way and believes it was her fault. Lucy also is afraid because she thinks she might be pregnant.

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Readability Age Range

13 to 18


Sarah Anne Sumpolec






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Moody Publishers


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