Meet The Misfits by Melody Carlson is a fabulous
start to a new Christian series aimed at girls aged ten and over. There are
powerful lesson on forgiveness to be learnt by us at any age.
Zoey is an eleven year old girl and the voice
of the story. We ‘hear’ her fears and worries about life. She is not a
Christian but after going to a Christian camp she sees just what it means to
live as a follower of Jesus.
Pre-teen girls are not always the nicest and
the reader witnesses the underhand bullying that occurs. We see how friendship
rivalry plays out and the struggle between the flesh and the spirit response.
Being given a Bible for the first time is
special. We want to write our names in it. This reminds the reader that God
thinks we are special and He has written each one of our names on His heart. We
are all ‘misfits’ who belong in Jesus’ eyes.
Puppet On A String
Odd Girl Out by Melody Carlson is a contemporary
Christian novel aimed at girls aged ten and over. It is the second book in the Being
Zoey series but can be read as a stand-alone.
Once again the reader sees the action through
the eyes of eleven year old Zoey. The book focuses on the first few weeks at a
new school where friendships are being established. The reader sees how easy it
is to feel lonely in a crowd.
Zoey, as a new Christian tries to balance her
responses to situations as she wars between the spirit and the flesh.
Bullying is a major theme. It has always been a
problem but today we have the added pressure of cyber bullying through social
media. There seems to be no escape.
The Road Home
A Dog Named Beautiful by Rob Kugler is the true story of
Rob Kugler and his chocolate Labrador named Bella. Bella has cancer and this
book tells of her final road trip across America. It is a time of bonding, of
loving and of making the most of the time that Bella had left. “We can’t stop
death… but we can change the way we live.” Rob Kugler is a caring, loving owner
who wanted to make Bella’s last months memorable for her and for him. He wanted
Bella to truly live. “When life isn’t all about yourself, it’s actually much
easier to live.” Life was about Bella and celebrating all that was good.
Bella did not let cancer get her down. After
all she did not know she had it. She lived life with gusto, vigour and
enthusiasm in spite of losing her front leg to cancer. “The cancer is eating
away at her body but it is not dimming her light.”
The Blue Butterfly
The Sleeping Angel by Margarita Morris is a beautiful
contemporary and historical novel that had me engaged and enchanted from the
start. The action is set in present day and 1870 in the form of a diary. It revolves
around Highgate cemetery.
Grief takes many forms – to lose a parent is
awful, to lose a child is devastating. The living need answers. Unfortunately
there will always be people who prey on the desperate. This links in to the
theme of trust. What happens when you suspect someone of wrong doing but no one
believes you? There are also secrets that must be kept. Knowing who to trust
To be a single mum in 1870 was a social taboo,
no matter how the child was conceived. Unmarried mothers were hidden away in
homes run by Sisters. These were places of hard work at best and downright
cruel at worst.