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Isabel and the Miracle Baby

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After Mama's battle with breast cancer, Isabel must forge a new relationship with her family. Isabel's baby sister Rebekah is getting all of the attention lately, and Isabel is tired of it. She's acting out, talking back, and disobeying Mama. If she could see more of her friend Tara next door, or if Daddy didn't have to work so much, maybe things wouldn't be so bad—but Mam ...more
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Published September 1st 2007 by Front Street, Incorporated
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Julie M. Prince for TeensReadToo.com

Why did Isabel's whole world have to change just because her mama decided to have a baby? It's good that Mama's not sick anymore, but now that the baby performed a miracle and cured Mama's cancer, can't it just go away and leave things the way they were before? When Mama used to pay attention to Isabel, and Daddy used to tell her stories of Clyde the frog?

Now, Daddy's hardly ever home because he has to work a new job. Isabel is stuck with Mama and
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Jo Sorrell
I read this in about a day. Miracle baby, I thought it had heart defects or such but no the mother had cancer when she was carring Rebekah. Now the baby is here, life is really hard for 9 year old Isabel. She is tired of being a "big girl." She wants her mama and her old life again but as we know you really cannot go back. Things begin to climax when some girls at Isabel's school begin to bully her and she doesn't handle it in the best way, but read the book and put yourself in Isabel's shoes. W ...more
Carol Baldwin
This is a thoughtful book on two hard topics--a young girl coming to grips with her mother's cancer plus adjusting to Rebecca, the new baby in the family. Pearce does an excellent job of showing the emotions of 8-year-old Isabel as she must accept her family's changes but also fears her mother's relapse. The language is beautiful, the book is well-written, and the metaphor of the fire burning inside Isabel is wonderful. Rebecca does end up being a "miracle baby" in a way that Isabel would never ...more
Claire
A friend of my sister's wrote this one, and I enjoyed it. It's the story of a girl whose baby sister is a miracle child because she was conceived while her mom had cancer. The story is about how Isabel is adjusting to life with a baby sister and a bully at school. I like the way Isabel makes up her own names for people, such as Stirrup Pants woman or Big Hair. And I like that Isabel draws pictures that coincide with her moods and thoughts. Emily, thanks for the great book! Well done!
Kelly
Isabel is an eight year old girl whose mother, a cancer survivor, has recently had a baby. Isabel is having a difficult time adjusting to the baby, and is still not past her mother's illness. It's a beautiful, heart-wrenching story, and the sparse prose truly transports the reader into the mind of the angry, hurt, and fearful Isabel. The cancer topic might be difficult for more sensitive readers.
Danielle
Really well-written middle-grade novel about a young girl and her new baby sister. Another excellent showing by Front Street.
Ivy Lin
This book is mainly about family issues and Isabel changes frm being cold to warm.
Jenn
Good Book. Fast Read. My sister-in-law's friend wrote the book.
Lisel
my sister's friend is the author so that's cool
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Emily Smith Pearce grew up in South Carolina. She has an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. She lives with her husband and their two children in Charlotte, NC.

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