An Unexpected Role by Leslea Wahl

2017 Moonbeam Children's Book Award Gold Medal Winner

The devastation of a ruined summer. The gift of a second chance. Can Josie learn the lessons she needs in order to discover her true self?

After a humiliating event and overwhelming peer pressure, 16-year-old Josie flees her home to spend the summer with her Aunt on a South Carolina island. Her fresh start turns into the summer of her dreams as friendships grow, romance blossoms, and a series of thefts surround her with excitement. However, when tragedy strikes someone close to her, Josie realizes there are more important things than her reputation. As she sets out to solve the mystery she has become entangled in, she not only realizes the importance of relying on her faith but along the way also discovers who God wants her to be.



"Leslea Wahl has done it again! Another heart-pounding, can't-put-it-down teen suspense novel with humor galore and a delightful romantic twist.

What more could you want?"

~CTB Author Susan Peek


"I highly recommend AN UNEXPECTED ROLE to the teenage girl in your life,

as well as anyone who enjoys a compelling story filled with both suspense and a timeless message about discovering yourself while not forgetting the importance of those who matter most in your life---for, in the end,

the two go hand in hand. Two thumbs up!"  

~Author Gina Marinello-Sweeney


"I can’t believe I read it in one day, but it was that good from beginning to end.

I mean, this book is absolutely hilarious!" 

~CTB Author Theresa Linden



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All the musicals mentioned in An Unexpected Role were shows that either Leslea Wahl or her children had performed in.