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Stopped Cold

By Gail Pallotta


Things aren't what they seem in peaceful Mistville, North Carolina.

Margaret McWhorter enjoys a laid-back Freshman year in high school swimming and hanging out with friends—until the day her brother, Sean, suffers a stroke from taking steroids. Now he's lying unconscious in a hospital.

Anger sets a fire for retribution inside her, and Margaret vows to make the criminals pay. Even the cop on the case can't stop her from investigating. Looking for justice, she convinces two friends, Jimmy and Emily to join her in a quest that takes them through a twisted, drug-filled sub-culture they discover deep in the woods behind the school. Time and again they walk a treacherous path, and come face-to-face with danger.

All the while Margaret really wants to cure Sean, heal the hate inside, and open her heart to love.

Book Takeaway:

As humans we are imperfect and we have limited vision. Knowing God created us in His image gives our lives meaning. He's given all of us a gift or gifts to use for Him.


Year Title Description
2013 Grace Award Finalist For an earlier edition of Stopped Cold
2017 Reader's Favorite Award Winner for Barely Above Water Honorable Mention

Why the author wrote this book:

I'd seen quite a few situations in which young people failed to live up to someone else's expectations and it created disastrous situations. Not sure if those have crossed everyone's paths, but they did mine. Several ended their lives. It nagged at me and nagged at me until finally I wrote Stopped Cold, which says we don't have to be number #1 for God to love us. He's given each of us a gift or gifts to use for him.


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