Stormer’s Pass


If you can’t wait for a hero, you must become one.


The sleepy town of Pinecrest is jolted from its slumbers by two unlikely citizens: star high school quarterback, Max Stormer, and Aidos, an extraordinary girl who has
been living for years unobserved on the outskirts of town. One season away from a state championship, the mysterious girl saunters out of the surrounding hills, and punts all of Max’s plans.

Inspired by Aidos’ bewitching genius, Max is soon on a collision course with those who fear the changes the remarkable girl is having on him and his friends. With a championship, scholarships, and many reputations at stake, Max finds himself leading his friends into a contest far more dangerous than a football game. Whether maverick or hero, outlaw or savior, being a champion was never harder.

Stormer’s Pass is an enthralling adventure about two peoples’ uncommon faith in each other, their friends, and in the miracle-making powers of courage.

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“Benjamin Laskin is a splendid storyteller with a flair for the dramatic and a talent for characterization.”

—James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, The Midwest Book Review

You’ve Got to Read This One!
By Amazon Customer on September 24, 2016
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I read this book on Kindle and was intrigued by the characters first, and then the plot. I found myself rooting for a bunch of teens who bucked the system. It’s too bad that more people aren’t like these teens nowadays. I was saddened at the end, but did not realize that I was reading part of trilogy. Needless to say, I was ecstatic when I found the sequel. This was a “couldn’t put it down” read! Loved it!

4.0 out of 5 stars –  worth the read

on May 27, 2016
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Well written book. I enjoyed it.

A must read

on May 21, 2016
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Great book

  Five Stars
on March 10, 2016
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Great book!!!

 Five Stars
on January 23, 2016
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Great story i was hooked right from start to end.

Metamorphosis Through Truly Living
By Dianna Harrison on January 22, 2016
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Gripping, very artfully and intelligently told saga of coming into one’s own. Self discovery and subsequent self development is truly inspiring. As a 65 year young grandmother, I plan on giving it to my granddaughter.

Looking for a hero?
By Carol Davey on November 16, 2015
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I think this book will inspire teens to seek answers and knowledge beyond what they find inside the walls of school. May they learn too spurn the trappings of “material things” and life’s contrived distractions. Then start to value what is really important and find out who they are and who they can become.

refreshing read
By rick sutton on November 9, 2015
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I loved the entire book the story line kept my attention could not put it down

Loved the book
By Dewey Rogers on November 4, 2015
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Easy reading, I enjoyed it very much. It started slow but picked up fast. At the end it was hard to put down.

A Must read
By Amazon Customer on October 30, 2015
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What an amazing and wonderful book. It is full of strongly crafted and vibrant characters with a plot line that will grab you from the beginning and hurl you into a wondrous adventure. But there is much more to this book than just adventure. It is very thought provoking and just may show you new possibilities for your own lives. The rest is up to you!!!

By cc2015 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 13, 2015

Quite a great read as I wasn’t sure what to expect in the beginning. Stormer’s Pass is a well-written, thought provoking book, however, and I’m very glad to have picked it up. Though I wished the ending was more satisfying, this is a pretty relatable book and has a great message. I think this is a great read for teenagers (and older), as it pushes us to consider our current culture and how it should perhaps, change. Aidos and Max were well-developed characters and I found myself getting into the story more as it progressed. A fantastic read overall and I can’t wait to read the sequel.

– Thought-provoking
March 21, 2015
Overall I thought this book was very good. The message is fantastic and so timely with the way so many of our lives are today. It should be both for adults and kids.

Great read… can’t wait to get the sequel
February 14, 2015
I wasn’t sure what I was in for when I started reading this book. I was thoroughly engaged after just a few pages. Though there a few grammatical and punctuation errors, I had a really hard time putting down this book. I couldn’t wait to read what happened next or how all the characters interacted with each other. Aidos and Max were great at teaching people how to act and think outside the box.
Well written, it is a story how we should all be treating each other and our world. Thought provoking, especially through the eyes of teenagers, it made me think how beautiful our world really is and could be.

Thought Provoking
February 8, 2015
Haskins “Stormers Pass” is truly a riveting piece of literature. When all around us our youth are inundated with “stuff” that truly adds nothing of value to their lives, comes this thought provoking piece that requires the reader to think outside the proverbial box. By creating a much needed choice from the conventional “norm”, it pushes the reader to expand his thoughts and ideas to possibilities heretofore unexplored. An excellent read, I am anxious to read the next in this trilogy.

Stormer’s Pass is a ‘must read’ book

January 22, 2015 —Duane Isaacs

‘Enthralling’ is justifiably used by author Laskin to describe the adventures of Stormer’s Pass. Although equally enjoyable by adults, this book should be mandatory reading in every junior high and high school English class. Few can write in a manner that puts the reader into the illusion of being among the characters. The story transcends the gulf of generations to validate the dreams of youth, and resurrect them in adults who’ve forgotten them. One of the best days of my reading life was when serendipity provided me with a copy of one of his later books, ‘Shooting Eros.’ Having now read all of his books, I’m eagerly awaiting publication of his next effort. If Laskin were an artist who painted on canvas rather than paper, I’d unequivocally recommend that friends acquire his current works, with the assurance that belated public appreciation will cause their value to multiply.

Stormer’s Pass is well written and exciting—filled with adventure, unforgettable characters, and vigorous dialogue. The suspenseful action prevented this reader from putting it down.”

—Elaine Waterstrat, Mount Mcdowell Press, author of Commanders and Chiefs, a Brief History of Fort McDowell, and Hoomothya’s Long Journey

 A rip-roaring good read!

( —Jon Bauer

Combine a star high school quarterback, a philosopher, and a fugitive, and what do you get? You get Max Stormer, the hero of Stormer’s Pass, Benjamin Laskin’s first book in the Aidos Trilogy.

The story takes place in Pinecrest, a small, uneventful mountain town where after long last, the townspeople have something to cheer–a promising high school football team. Led by golden-armed Max Stormer, Pinecrest High seems destined to bring a state championship to the tiny town. But all bets are off after Max encounters Aidos Thoreson, a bright, earthy, and enchanting home-educated 15-year-old girl who lives in a cabin in the woods outside of town with her father and her clever and loyal canine, Beowulf.

Aidos challenges Max to tune out the expectations of Pinecrest’s citizens and to tune in to the aspirations of his own, impassioned soul. The anger this incites in Pinecrest’s citizens snowballs into an avalanche of resentment, bringing with it death, sabotage, and intrigue. The target of an all out manhunt, Max is forced underground. As hero to the town’s youth, and a pain in Pinecrest’s butt, Max finds himself the leader in a game much more consequential than the one he left behind.

A rip-roaring good read, Stormer’s Pass crackles with adventure, snappy one liners, and very memorable characters. It’s a timeless story with timeless themes. In a media age dominated by cynicism, Mr. Laskin’s upbeat and tenacious novel is a welcome breath of fresh air.

(Stormer’s Pass & Say Uncle)

A Letter: Dear Homeschooling Friends,

I wanted to write to recommend to you a book (actually 2 books) that I’ve just finished reading.  The books are Stormer’s Pass and Say Uncle, both by Benjamin Laskin.  I believe these books, especially Stormer’s Pass, will be of interest to homeschoolers because the central character, a bright young girl named Aidos, has never set foot inside the public school system.  Her family has raised her in a very natural way, surrounded by books and acres of woods outside of a rural community.  Those who unschool, embrace Charlotte Mason’s methods, or who believe in a classical curriculum will find echoes of their educational philosophy depicted in Stormer’s Pass. No matter which pedagogical approach or curriculum one embraces, all homeschoolers will find delight in the clear commentary about the impoverishment of the public high school experience.

The contrast between Aidos who spends each day reading, journaling, and wandering in the woods and her public school peers is marked.  All of us who have answered questions and “concerns” about the “socialization” of our children will cherish Aidos who has grown up with very little peer interaction and yet is more well-grounded, self-assured and mature than her school age counterparts.

The heart of the story entails the interaction of Aidos and her peers and the life-changing transformation (for the public schoolers!) that ensues.  Rich literary references and thought-provoking dialogue are woven throughout.

Say Uncle, the sequel to Stomer’s Pass, develops the story in an entirely different direction, bringing in international spies and intrigue.  Interestingly, several of the new characters introduced have had an educational experience completely different from that of Aidos, yet still outside of the public school realm. Again the message that excellence in education is found outside of traditional schools is introduced, though in a much different way.

I recommend Benjamin Laskin’s books highly, especially Stormer’s Pass, to all homeschooling parents.  Both books are available through

Rebecca D.

Tamassee, SC