The New Lady in Waiting: Becoming God’s Best While Waiting for Mr. Right by Jackie Kendall with Debby Jones ~Review~

The New Lady in Waiting: Becoming God’s Best While Waiting for Mr. Right by Jackie Kendall with Debby Jones

The New Lady in Waiting

This edition of Jackie Kendall’s books about becoming a lady in waiting is the 20th anniversary edition of her classic material. I have already reviewed The Parent’s Guide to Raising a Lady in Waiting. You can read that review here. What differs in this book from the others in her series is the way the book is presented; the author talks directly to her target audience–young ladies in waiting (for boyfriends, for dates, for mates). To quote the author, “What we did with [this book] was update and enhance: update some of the material to enhance the principles that are time-tested. So you will see lots of new illustrations and added examples woven right in with the original text. There are a number of issues that have become HUGE in our culture among singles since twenty years ago: Internet dating, social media temptations, same-sex attraction, pornography and other sexual taboos (like dating married men), to name a few. Absolutely every principle to guard and guide the heart that applied to single gals twenty years ago applies now. The particulars do not altar the principles.”

In essence, this is not just another guide for singles. The focus is not on a woman’s status but on the state of her heart. There are ten basic precepts that the author has derived from the study of the book of Ruth, an Old Testament book of the Bible. She explains how Ruth demonstrates all these tenets throughout her books and presentations. The ten principles are the foundation of Jackie Kendall’s ministry for the past twenty years. The books are heavy on application with plenty of real life scenarios the author has gleaned over the years.

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One of the most striking statements the author says in this 20th edition bears repeating often. “Whenever I hear about a woman’s struggle–single, married, or divorced–most of the time I can trace the issue back to one of the precepts in this book that was not applied. Whether you’re thirteen or thirty, in these pages you will find so many transferable concepts that impact whatever situation you are facing now.” I’ve personally come to realize that these principles are also valid within marriage, as the glue which strengthens an already sound foundation.

This book is designed in such a way that the quotes and headings grab your interest visually. You can either read this book from cover to cover because it flows well and keeps interest high, or you can use it as a reference, returning to sections by topic. Segments are short and easily digested for today’s shorter attention span. There are quotes, tables and charts, lists, study questions, large headings, and stories that make a topical search easy to perform. There are plenty of white spaces in the 235-page-book. It does not look like a textbook. For group leaders there is a study guide available for your small group or large study group.

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One segment in the chapter, “Becoming a Lady of Purity” approaches two related topics: what the author calls the law of diminishing returns, and sexual brinkmanship. Both topics are ones I don’t see being addressed for pre-teens and teens enough. Yet it is crucial information for the awareness of the psychology of relationships between boys and girls, and men and women. This is a subject I remember hearing for the first time when I was in college, attending a Christian youth gathering. I remember my astonishment at the revelations when I was 18, and can only imagine how much greater the need is today for those younger than that and are dating. This book has so much to say to today’s young people.

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Another aspect about this book I love is its conversational tone. It is easy to read, and readily relate-able to the girls and women who read it. It is also flexible in that there is a wide range of ages and stages of singlehood among women today. The pertinent message is applicable to the entire range, to all situations women find themselves in regarding desiring, attaining or recovering from relationships with a Bozo or a potential Boaz.

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My Scripture Journal: Gratitude (reading plan only) by Heather Bixler ~Review~

My Scripture Journal: Gratitude (reading plan only) by Heather Bixler

My Scripture Journal Gratitude

If you struggle to memorize Bible verses as a regular routine, then this reading plan is for you. The emphasis of the series is to use journaling to help you memorize Scripture. The focus in this book is on gratitude. The plan gives you 8 verses to memorize over the course of 8 weeks. Each chapter gives the participant activities to accomplish each day. Some are writing activities, some are discussion based on the verse’s content, a few are verbal activities, while some time is dedicated to rote learning.

The material you will need will be a journal, some post-it notes, a pen and a Bible. Above all, you need some dedicated time and determination, humbleness of heart and a love for the Lord. This series is specifically designed for the busy person, so the activities are short.

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As with any Bible study and memorization plan, you get out of it what you put into it. The plan is easy to execute and can appeal to a wide age range, including children and young people.

In my copy of the book which contains only the reading plan, there is no background reading to do. I think this would work well for a busy person. However, for the individual who has more time on their hands, this can be supplemented with a commentary series such as Warren Wiersbe’s Be series. This series is topical and interesting to read. It would fit well with the journal concept.

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A Promise to Protect: A Novel (Logan Point series Bk 2) by Patricia Bradley ~Review~

A Promise to Protect by Patricia Bradley

A Promise to Protect

A Promise to Protect is the second book in the Logan Point series. The first book is Shadows of the Past, the author’s debut novel. If this book is an indication of Ms. Bradley’s writing style, then I’m hooked. I need to get the first novel to read, and then hope the author’s books come out quickly.

Sheriff Ben Logan has followed in his father’s footsteps and become Sheriff of Bradford County. His father had served the county for many years, and only ended his service when he was shot at close range. Miraculously he survived but his recovery has been slow. In addition, he suffered a stroke and couldn’t speak or communicate well, so he was unable to tell his son, Ben, the details behind the shooting. But Ben could tell by the expression in his eyes that he was still alert and cognizant. In the meantime, Ben has been acting sheriff awaiting the elections to make his job permanent. But a series of dangerous events began to threaten the town, his close friends, and Dr. Leigh Somerall and her son TJ. Dr. Somerall’s brother, Tony had called the sheriff to meet him somewhere he considered safe. Over the phone, he told Ben he had some information the FBI and the US Marshalls would be interested in on a flash drive. He also hinted that he may have more information on his father’s shooting as well. But when Ben arrived, Tony was dying, shot in the chest. His last words to Ben was an injunction to protect Leigh.

Dr. Leigh Somerall was an ER doctor at Logan Point’s hospital, Bradford General. She had returned to her home town to finish out her contract to pay off her student loan at her brother’s request. Once finished with her loans, she would be free to follow her dream to work at Johns Hopkins, a teaching hospital in Baltimore. If she survived being around Ben Logan, that is. She and Ben had a history going back ten years when they attended high school together. Though they had gone to different colleges, one summer they came back and worked at the same place. They had dated and fallen in love. But once Fall came around they went their separate ways again. Now here she was in her home town again, a widow with a young son, living with her brother in their grandparents’ house.

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Sheriff Ben took his responsibilities seriously. Not only did he have to solve Tony’s murder, but he had to find why someone was threatening Leigh and her son’s lives. He had to determine if there was a connection between the threats against her and the ones that seemed to be aimed at him. Leigh didn’t want to be around Ben very much, so as much as she could she avoided him. He still insisted she have an escort wherever she went. Sometimes it was Ben. She was afraid that eventually he would find out a ten-year-old secret that could disrupt her life and her son’s.

From the first page, this book is filled with action-packed suspense, mystery and tension. We wonder who killed Tony and why? Where is the flash drive Tony was concerned about? Who is Armero? Who is making threatening calls to Leigh? Why is Sheriff Ben Logan being targeted? Who shot his father, and is it related to Tony’s death? And with all this, Ben has to deal with Leigh’s return and his attraction to her. I enjoyed trying to solve the mysteries along with the sheriff. The author provides a few clues, but not too many; what’s given is not too obvious or blatant, so that at the conclusion there were plenty of surprises for the reader.

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I felt the balance between the action and character development was just right. Both Leigh and Ben had issues to work through that threw up barriers to their growing relationship. One barrier in particular bothered me, however. In an incident where Ben was a life guard at the lake beach area, one of the boys in his charge drowned. Even though he followed procedures exactly, the boy was lost. Since then, he has had panic attacks at moments where there may be triggers. To me this sounded more like the result of PTSD because of the flashback moments. No law enforcement officer should keep this a secret, but seek help for the symptoms and their cause, because not doing so puts the people he is trying to protect at risk. I felt this should have been written a little differently.

Other than that one issue, I loved the book and the premise. The author has created believable characters that come alive in the pages. We empathize with them, hurt with them. The action is riveting. The author has also done remarkable research so that the hospital scenes with the doctor, and the ambulance scenes felt authentic. I am eagerly looking forward to the next book from Patricia Bradley.

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A Robertson Family Christmas: A Novella by Miss Kay Robertson with Travis Thrasher ~Giveaway and Book Review~

A Robertson Family Christmas: A Novella by Miss Kay Robertson with Travis Thrasher

This is my first personal giveaway! This is how it will work. Between now and October 31, 2014, you will be entered to win a hardback copy of this Christmas novella when you comment on this post. Be sure to enter your email address so I can notify you when the drawing is completed on Nov. 1, 2014. Thank you, and enjoy!

A Robertson Family Christmas

Miss Kay Robertson has written a fictional account of a typical Christmas holiday for the famous family through the eyes of a troubled teen. Her book accomplishes one of the things I love most about fiction–getting a fly-on-the-wall view of a family thousands of people are coming to love because of their television presence. While the story may be the product of Miss Kay’s fertile imagination, the setting, the typical Robertson quirky conversations, their everyday activities, and the Christmas traditions the family keeps are true to life.

From the book jacket summary: “He misses being included in any guy trips since his parents divorced and he went to live with his mom. So he’s less than happy when his mother tells him that he won a contest to spend Christmas in West Monroe, Louisiana, with a family named the Robertsons. For some reason, they’re supposed to be a big deal. How did he win a contest he didn’t enter? Besides, he’s never heard of them and sure doesn’t want to spend Christmas in a swamp with a bunch of strangers.

Korie Robertson is excited to open her heart and her home to Hunter and show him what the Christmas season looks like for the Robertson family. And like it or not, Hunter experiences it first hand. From duck hunting disasters with the bearded guys, to learning to cook with Miss Kay, Hunter quickly discovers what it’s like to live with this boisterous, yet loving family. Putting on his headphones and ignoring them is not an option. Before long, Hunter begins to let his guard down. But with Christmas and the end of his trip fast approaching, will it be too little, too late? Or will Hunter be open to the greatest gift of all?”

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For the few days of his visit, Hunter stayed with Willie and Korie Robertson and their children. He bunked down with John Luke, who was about his age, and went with them when they visited other family. He was like a thunder cloud flashing danger signals and raining on everything they did. They often didn’t know how to read him; his lack of enthusiasm created some tension. Miss Kay wrote most of the story from Hunter’s point of view and she nailed it completely, right down to his sarcastic responses when the family included him in their activities. It was obvious what he thought of the Robertsons, their huge family, their playfulness, their devotion to God, and life in general. Hopelessness dogged his very steps.

The author also wrote part of the tale from Korie Robertson’s point of view. Hunter’s darkness touched her deeply and she ached to draw him out of his shell. She hoped this visit with her garrulous family would attract his attention and change his perspective for the better. For awhile, it didn’t look like that would happen. Korie needed to get input from Willie. Underneath that big old beard and silly grin was a wise man.

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It goes without saying that this book includes the usual nonsense and shenanigans the Robertsons are known for. It begins with the duck hunting adventure and keeps up the pace right to the end. I enjoy redneck humor as much as anyone else does. For me, this was a fun book to read.

Second, there’s wonderful truth tucked away in all the busyness and crazy stuff; Jesus Christ is in the center of Phil Robertson’s entire family, because when young Phil had gotten lost in the tangle of a personal crisis, Jesus was there for him. God and his family became his bedrock. He, in turn, pointed the rest of the family to God’s love and grace. It’s what makes the Robertson family so special. Their lives are not about religion but about a personal relationship with Christ.

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The third thing I loved about this book is that no one “preached” at Hunter during his visit…well, maybe there was a little bit from Phil. He couldn’t help himself. But for the most part, the family allowed their lives to speak for them. They saw Hunter as he was and accepted him. It was the one thing that touched him most.

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Finally, I think this would be a great book to share with the guys in your life. It has hunting, craziness, teen stuff, family life, Christmas activities and food. And it’s a short book. What’s not to love? It would make a great Christmas gift.

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The Revealing (The Inn at Eagle Hill series Bk. 3) by Suzanne Woods Fisher ~Review~

The Revealing by Suzanne Woods Fisher

The RevealingThe Revealing is the third book in the Inn of Eagle Hill series. The first two books in the group are The Letters and The Calling. Another novella, an ebook, that can fit into the series is called The Rescue. All throughout The Revealing, references are made of some past events that may have taken place in one of the earlier books. I haven’t read any of the previous stories but the background information offered in this book seemed adequate to me to read this book alone.

The title provides a hint that this story will have some type of unexpected end to it. By the conclusion of the first paragraph, it’s confirmed that one of the main characters, Naomi King is shouldering a massive secret almost too large for her to handle. Somehow shy, unassuming Naomi had gotten into a secret relationship with an Amish man whose early years were spent living with a Mennonite family; one who had become restless enough the previous year to disappear awhile before returning to his Amish roots. Naomi’s brother Galen didn’t approve of Tobe Schrock. In spite of Galen’s dim view of Tobe, Naomi was drawn to Tobe, and it seemed Tobe felt the same way. But then, as if to prove Galen right, Tobe was sent to prison to take responsibility for his part in a financial scam involving his father’s business.

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Rose Schrock is Tobe’s stepmother. When Tobe and Bethany Schrock were young, their mother divorced their dad and left the family behind. A few years later, Rose took them under her wing and tried to heal their shattered hearts. Their new family was happy until tragedy struck and Rose’s husband died in a drowning accident. Rose has been trying to pick up the pieces since then. Her next door neighbor, Galen King, has done what he could to help Rose care for her farm in the absence of adult men. Now there would be another romance brewing if Rose were to allow it to continue to grow from their budding friendship. But Rose senses they are at different stages in their lives and she’s not certain they could make a relationship work.

Another potential romance could be developing between Rose’s stepdaughter, Bethany, and Jimmy Fisher. Bethany has been making her desires known to Jimmy lately, but when the topic comes up between them, Jimmy gets a look on his face akin to panic and uneasiness. Bethany has been trying to figure out what is making Jimmy hesitate for awhile now, but at the same time she’s being distracted by a secret she is harboring about her sister, Mim.

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Mim Schrock is not interested in romance. She has an unusual gift for writing, and it has caught the attention of school teacher Danny. He’s been trying to encourage her to improve her writing, but his efforts have not been overly appreciated. Mim gets distracted when a new family moves to Stoney Ridge. The Stoltzfus family, including the mischievous Jesse, are the new owners of the local grocery store. They had lost their mother to cancer recently, and their father, a preacher, wanted to start afresh in a new community. Jesse and Mim quickly become antagonists and competitive. Their sharp-tongued quips add spice and comic relief to the mix.

The Revealing is one of the most light-hearted Amish tales I have ever read. There are some deep topics in the storyline, but they are well balanced with lighter moments. The humor is one of the things I like best about the book.

The basic gist of this character-driven story is about secrets…about twists and suddenly unexpected turn of events so common in life, and the hidden secrets we often hold close to our chests for a variety of reasons. Some secrets in this story are shared with the reader up front, some are only hinted at, which increases anticipation, while the most surprising ones are saved for the conclusion. In fact, there are more than a few revealings presented at the end. All these layers eventually come together to weave a beautiful tapestry about this small community. It’s the anticipation which drives this story forward, keeping us on the edge of suspense until the resolution. Such artful writing makes this book a joy to read.

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Now that I have read the final book in the series, I really want to read the first ones to fill in the gaps. The author has piqued my interest. If you enjoy Amish fiction with a touch of romance, and plenty of laughs, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this book.

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Stolen: The True Story of a Sex Trafficking Survivor by Katariina Rosenblatt and Cecil Murphey ~Review~

Stolen: The True Story of a Sex Trafficking Survivor

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When I think of sex trafficking, it appears to me to be a remote problem, removed from my every day life. I’m sure many of us think the same way. We think it can’t possibly happen in our small town or neighborhood; it must be a problem in larger cities or across the border. We feel that the young ones at risk can’t possibly be ones that we know–nieces, nephews, young cousins, friends’ children, our children, kids in our neighborhoods or from our churches. But after reading this book, I’ve discovered just how wrong I am. Exploitation can happen anywhere, with anyone at any time…even under our noses. Wake up, readers! Read this book.

From the back cover: “Katariina Rosenblatt was a lonely and abused young girl,yearning to be loved, wanting attention. That made her the perfect target. On an ordinary day, she met a confident young woman–someone Kat wished she could be like–who pretended to be a friend while slowly luring her into a child trafficking ring. A cycle of false friendships, threats, drugs, and violence kept her trapped.

As Kat shares her harrowing experiences, her ultimate escapes, and her passionate efforts to now free other victims, you’ll see that not only is sex trafficking happening frighteningly close to home–it’s also something that can be stopped. Stolen is a warning, a celebration of survival, and a beacon of hope that will inspire you.”

There are three distinct sections in this book. The first is Katariina Rosenblatt’s personal story–her abuse, how her loneliness attracted a recruiter right there in the hotel she lived in, how she was led, groomed, step-by-step into slavery by traffickers, her escape and recapture numerous times.

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In the second part, Katariina had left the lies and deceptions behind, but she still carried the scars and signs of abuse so that she didn’t recognize the patterns within the context of marriage. While she was gaining confidence and recognition for her educational acumen, finding her footing as an advocate for girls and women coming out of sex slavery, she was still in denial of a private hell at home with her husband. It took her over twenty years to realize she was an abused wife, then she suffered through two years of a messy divorce before she gained her freedom and independence with her daughter.

The third part of the book deals with how Ms. Rosenblatt got involved in inter-agency interventions, saving girls and even boys from traffickers. She helped create several intervention organizations, spearheaded law reforms that sought to label trafficked children and teens as victims rather than arrested as criminals, and helped create links with faith-based services to provide aid and mentorship to the abused young people, including counseling to help them learn to live a normal life outside of the only world most of the children had ever known. Her actions and ministry were sometimes likened to the Underground Railroad, because she would lead children from station to station, trying to keep the abused safe from vengeful pimps and traffickers who would rather see their victims dead than escape alive.

Why is this industry so hard to shut down? First, because it’s subtle and everywhere. People are in denial that there is a problem even in their supposedly safe neighborhoods. Second, the money is a huge incentive to keep going. “One child can bring traffickers up to $3,000 a night.” Some can bring in nearly a million dollars a year. Think of how much abuse that child has to endure to make that much money. They become desensitized and stop struggling. They use a number of coping mechanisms including the use of drugs and alcohol. Their experiences open the door to domestic abuse, which they accept as a normal way of life. Where does it end?

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Stolen was a good hard slap to the face; certainly it was an eye opener for me. In the first two parts of the book, the story is told in simple terms. The author is careful to outline the psychological techniques the recruiters used, why she fell for them, what was on her mind when she complied with the demands of her new “family.” As the story continued, I felt astonished how often she escaped the abuse, then was lured back into the life. It all seemed to revolve around the lack of self-worth. Her abusers knew exactly what these children needed to hear. Even when she escaped the final time, she wasn’t truly free until her heart was transformed. But that took many years into adulthood.

The second aspect of the book that astonished me was Katariina’s spiritual journey. Early on in her childhood, her mother asked her husband to go to a Billy Graham Crusade with her when he came near to her city. Katariina went down to the front in response to the altar call. While down there, Mr. Graham turned in her direction and exclaimed something like, “Remember, God will never leave you or forsake you!” She never forgot that, a phrase that echoed in her heart each time she succumbed to abuse or slavery. She attributes the number of times she escaped to opportunities God opened up for her. But without a home church, Bible reading or follow-up discipleship, she drifted away from God when she needed Him most. Yet as I read her story, I was struck how often God reached out to Kat. He just never gave up. What a tremendous testimony of God’s pursuit of us.

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I view this book as an amazing tool for the Gospel of Christ. First, it should stir up slumbering Christians who are so self-absorbed that they are missing an opportunity to serve hurting children right under their noses. Second, this book could serve as a way to reach teenagers at risk, because this is a story of someone who has been in the trenches and survived. Third, it can be useful for alerting parents of the potential dangers their children may face. It is a how-not-to manual, teaching parents how to avoid putting their children at risk. Fourth, the final section should encourage our local churches to partner with organizations whose goal is to mentor young victims of trafficking how to live a normal life,especially one where they find their hope and fulfillment in Christ.

I would love to see every church have several copies of this book in circulation or to give away as a ministry. The book is amazing, and could touch many hearts.

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The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm ~Review~

The Fourteenth Goldfish

The Fourteenth Goldfish

Who or what was the fourteenth goldfish? Well, the first thirteen were goldfish, of course. But the fourteenth was the impossible made possible, at least in this story.

Ellie had just entered the sixth grade. Everything was different yet very much the same–a different building and some new students but with the same attitudes she’d left behind. She felt like a nobody. She still sat alone for lunch. Even her childhood best friend had drifted away when her interest was snagged by volleyball.

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Then one day a new boy about Ellie’s age came home with her mom. Lissa was the school drama teacher; Ellie was used to students coming home with her. But this was not a typical drama student. His name was Marvin and he looked strangely familiar. He wore clothes we would associate with a 70-year-old man. He talked to her mother as if he knew her well. He reminded Ellie of her grandfather, who lived close by but whom they didn’t see often because he and her mom didn’t see eye- to-eye on much. He was a scientist. Her mom was an artist. Suddenly life became very interesting. Marvin was her grandfather in a thirteen-year-old’s body.

Perhaps because of her age, or maybe because of her grandfather’s influence, Ellie began to see the world in a different way. Marvin was interesting to talk to. He taught her about science and history–how big changes came to the world through inventions and discoveries. But the learning was a two-way street. Marvin had gotten stuck in a rut. He wasn’t thinking of the consequences of the experiment that allowed him to reverse aging. Frankly, he thought like a 76-year-old man. He needed fresh perspective, which is exactly what he got living with his daughter and granddaughter, forced to attend school with Ellie. Now, Ellie was a thinker, and she challenged him. In the end, all three learned valuable lessons from each other. Ahead of them, life was filled with possibilities.

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The author writes this story from Ellie’s perspective. The humor is quirky, and sure to be enjoyed by middle school readers who like the off-the-wall type of viewpoint. The chapters are short and simple. Some of the chapters seem pointless and don’t move the story along very well, yet set the tone just the same. The reading level is low for a middle grade book so that I believe a younger good reader would enjoy it as well. There is no crude language in the book. Bullying is not an issue in this volume, and the student disparity is only lightly touched on. The book is written for entertainment purposes, not overly focused on the tough issues of life.

The author herself grew up in a home where science was a given. Both her parents were in the medical field. It wasn’t unusual for the cottage cheese and a bacterial culture growing in a petri dish to be side by side in the refrigerator. It was natural for her to incorporate a love of science into her writing as she did in this book. The theme is not overly intrusive or pushy. The author just uses Ellie’s natural curiosity and growing awareness of what the life of a scientist could be like to grow her character. It’s good writing. This is a book I would love a young scientist-to-be to read.

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