Send Down a Miracle. By Han
young readers that is both engaging and
Nolan. 1996. Harcourt, paper, $6.95
(9780152046804). Gr. 7–10.
Charity is caught in the middle when
the townsfolk think they see a vision, and
her prickly pastor father becomes infuriated. An intricate, sharply written book
that treats religion as something central to
a person’s life.
There Is No Dog. By Meg Rosoff. 2012.
Putnam, $17.99 (9780399257643).
Wildly inventive and laugh-out-loud
funny, this is the story of petulant, powerful pissant Bob, a teenage boy who just
happens to be God. And when Bob falls
for Lucy? Hell breaks loose.
There is nothing superficial or simplistic
in this vividly told tale.
The Obsidian Blade. By Pete
Hautman. 2012. Candlewick, $16.99
(9780763654030). Gr. 8–12.
Hautman isn’t afraid to tackle massive
complexities—how faith in God can be
either demolished or cemented—in this
wild, sometimes puzzling, and always surprising sf trilogy opener.
The Opposite of Hallelujah. By
Anna Jarzab. 2012. Delacorte, $16.99
(9780385738361). Gr. 8–12.
Hannah left home and joined a convent
when Caro was eight. Now she is home,
and Caro gets caught in her previously established lies regarding her sister and her
whereabouts. Couched in myriad issues,
religious and otherwise, this is a powerful
story of a sisterly bond.
The Path of Names. By Ari Goelman.
2013. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine,
$16.99 (9780545474306). Gr. 5–8.
Dahlia is at camp when she finds herself involved in a time-travel mystery
with spiritual elements. Jewish mysticism
is heavy stuff, but Goelman uses kab-balah’s magical elements to tell a story for
The True Tale of the Monster Billy
Dean. By David Almond. 2014.
Candlewick, $17.99 (9780763663094).
Billy Dean’s father, a priest, sees his son’s
birth as a miracle and wants to raise him as
a saint. Filled with unforgettable characters
and a breathtaking first-person voice, this
arresting book will stay with readers.
The War of Jenkins’ Ear. By Michael
Murpurgo. 1995. Philomel, $15.95
(9780399227356). Gr. 6–10.
What if Jesus came back to life as a
British schoolboy? Told through the eyes
of Toby, the reluctant disciple, this is a
high-water mark in religious fiction for
teens, with elements of mystery and faith
grounded in the everyday lives of adolescent boys.
There are everyday blessings, you don’t need to look
far, to know at a glance, how special you are.
Beloved chidren’s author Eileen Spinelli and
illustrator Archie Preston inspire children of all ages
with Thankful, a whimsical picture book that
celebrates the everyday blessings we find in our lives.
“Low-key and gentle;
a book to be thankful for”
- Kirkus Reviews