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Leap of Faith

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Abigail is starting a new middle school, a Catholic school, because she's been expelled from her old one. She's sure that this place will be just the same as the last, and no one will listen to her here either. Even her parents don't seem able to really hear the truth about what happened at the previous school. But now she finds herself in a community of people who do list ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published July 5th 2007 by Dial Books
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This was a rather interesting read. However, Kimberly Brubaker wrote it in a way that assumes Christians and Catholics are the same thing. Which of course they aren't at ALL... But I won't even get into that.

***Excuse me while I get into that*** A few people have posted some very rude comments about that opening statement, so I will expand a little what I meant. To see my explanation, FOLLOW THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD! Just kidding, look for the five asterisks at the end. ;)

On with the review:
Jun 03, 2010 Z rated it liked it
A positive book about Catholics? A positive not preachy book about Catholics? I'm so there.

This was actually more middle grade than YA, but it dealt with good issues and was presented well. And it wasn't condescending.
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
The underlying idea is quite interesting and I think the author has quite a bit of integrity in keeping true to the emotional picture of Abby. However, although the feelings are entirely convincing and the events are also entirely convincing, some of Abby's highly sophisticated voice/choices of words does not quite ring true for a girl in the first half of her 6th grade year.
Oct 15, 2007 Debbie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: bullies; private religious schools
I felt myself wanting to give the protagonist of this story a great, big hug. Basically, she's bullied throughout 5th grade and finally at the beginning of 6th grade she's had enough and goes after her bullier with a knife. As a result she's expelled from school and sent to a private Catholic school. Abigail starts the new school with the idea that life would be much easier if she was invisible. Soon, she coming out of her shell in drama class. She's also becoming fascinated with Catholicism. As ...more
Zina Benjelloun
Jan 11, 2015 Zina Benjelloun rated it it was amazing

Leap of Faith, written by Kimberly Brusker Bradley, is about a young girl went to a place where she is relieved far from the overwhelmed city where she grew up. Abby is expelled from a public school so she is forced to attend parochial school. She had stabbed her classmate, “Since last week- since what my parents liked to call “the accident”, as though what had happened had not been my deliberate action- anger kept shooting out of me at unexpected times” (Bradley 5). The book’s point is that som
Books about religious exploration somehow fascinate me, so much so that I went ahead to request Leap of Faith from the public library's repository. Older books that are out of print or for which there are only a copy left are usually pulled from the shelves and kept at the repository. Library users who wish to borrow these books need to pay a small fee to reserve them, so that they can pick them up from their nearest library. I must say, I'm glad I specifically requested this book.

Leap of Faith
This is the story of a young girl’s journey into the Catholic faith. Having been expelled from public middle school for stabbing a boy, 12 year old Abigail is forced to attend St. Catherine’s, a private Catholic school. She first tries to be invisible, not wanting any attention from other students or teachers, but eventually finds her niche in the drama department, and a close friend to confide in. Her non-religious (and non-attentive) parents are wary about the religious aspect of Abby’s educat ...more
May 22, 2008 Erin rated it liked it
A quick read about Abby, a middle schooler who gets expelled from her public school for taking drastic measures against a bully. She ends up at St. Catherine's catholic school, where she discovers God, drama, and friendship. A light read, with a few powerful moments. Left me wanting a bit more at times, but overall well done.
Alyson Ponda
Mar 04, 2013 Alyson Ponda rated it really liked it
Very good! I love her story. I recommend this book to anybody that questions their faith in God. It's a good story to learn from.
Gr 6-8-Only days into sixth grade, quiet, studious Abby is expelled from school for pulling a pocketknife on a classmate who has been sexually harassing her for a year. Her friends, teachers, and parents will not believe that popular Brett McAvery would do such a thing, and the fact that his father is the principal does not help Abby's case. Her parents, workaholics who cannot fathom the idea of homeschooling Abby, enroll her in a private Catholic school, although they are devout nonbelievers. A ...more
Dec 18, 2008 GirlwiththeBraids rated it really liked it
Abby Lorenzo was kicked out of a public middle school for stabbing the principal’s son in the arm, but no one would listen to her explain about why she did it. Abby has to make a choice. She can either be home schooled or go to a private school. To her parents, the decision is pretty clear: she is going to St. Catherine’s, a Catholic private school. Abby’s parents doesn’t want her to become any more religious than need be, they just don’t want her to get in trouble any more. While she is there, ...more
Ms. Patterson
Mar 02, 2010 Ms. Patterson rated it really liked it
Abby is expelled from her middle school after she pulls a knife on another student (who just happens to be the son of the principal). Left with limited choices, her parents decide to enroll her in Catholic school. Abby's not very religious. She and her parents don't attend church. Once in her new school, Abby discovers that she loves her drama class and acting in the school plays. Over time, Abby develops faith in God and trust in a friend in order to tell others what happened at her old school ...more
Sep 25, 2009 sprinkles_84 rated it really liked it
Leap Of Faith is a book written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. It is about a girl named Abigail who was expelled after stabing Brett McAvery in her school. After the accident, Abigail is forced to go to a Catholic school and she is supposed to take two new classes: drama and catholic class. At the beggining, Abby is confused about catholic class and angry at her parents for not listening to her about Brett, but as the book gets farther, Abby understands the class and decides to make her parents ...more
After being expelled from the public middle school, Abby finds herself beginning at the local Catholic school two-weeks into the term. She is not thrilled to be the new kid and determines to just fade away. Abby however finds herself intrigued by the Catholic practices surrounding her and begins to explore becoming a Catholic. She also finds her drama class a welcome respite from the other classes. The reason Abby was expelled from school is a mystery that is revealed slowly through the story an ...more
Paige Y.
I loved this book. Simply loved it. It's the story of Abigail, a girl who has all of sudden been kicked out of school for stabbing a boy. In desperation her parents send her to a Catholic school, even though they are firm non-believers. Abigail is full of anger at everyone, but most especially her parents who are completely disconnected from her and the bullying she has been suffering at school. They listen to nothing she says. When she wants to take art as her elective, they say no, and so she ...more
Julie Graves
May 13, 2010 Julie Graves rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
Abigail was kicked out of middle school for assault. Her parents had two options for her education. Either send her to a private school or home school her. Being busy lawyers homeschooling was not an option for her parents. They enrolled her in St. Catherine’s Catholic school.

Abigail feels that her parents do not listen to her, that she doesn’t exist. They are both busy with their careers and cannot be bothered by Abigail and her needs. When Abigail was kicked out of her middle school she had tr
Apr 12, 2010 Sherry rated it liked it
Abby got expelled from public school at the very beginning of sixth grade - and the only place her parents found to put her was Catholic school. The only problem is they aren't Catholic. They aren't anything. Abby doesn't even believe in God. Her parents are workaholics (both lawyers?)and haven't been the best listeners or parents who are present in her life. She is angry - at the boy she defended herself against, thus causing her expulsion, at her parents for not paying attention before things ...more
Abby was expelled from her public school so her parents enroll her in the local Catholic school. Feeling misunderstood and invisible to her parents, Abby finds a way to rebel by choosing drama instead of an academic elective, and by investigating what it takes to become a Catholic. Abby's family has never been religious, and at first meeting with the priest and attending conversion classes is just Abby's way of getting back at her parents. Eventually, however, Abby starts to feel genuinely at ho ...more
Int'l librarian
An honest portrayal of one girl’s introduction to the Catholic faith. Then again, it takes a healthy dose of faith to accept that she’s a 6th grader.

Abby is expelled from public school after stabbing a boy who had threatened her sexually. Catholic school offers a new start. Abby has no interest in religion, but she’ll do almost anything to get her negligent parents angry. So she joins Catholic initiation classes. And she discovers that even without faith, the classes offer security and comfort.
Heather J.
Apr 13, 2016 Heather J. rated it it was amazing
When Abby is expelled from public school, her parents reluctantly enroll her in a Catholic school. Traumatized by severe bullying in her old school, her strategy is to be invisible. But slowly she begins to heal and to find new talents, new friends and even forgiveness and a new faith as well. This is an unusual story, and challenging topics are handled with sensitivity and humor. An excellent book!
Going to a Catholic school wasn't Abby's first idea of schooling. Before her new school, no one would listen to what Abby would have to say about a certain boy. This leading into an incident in which causes her to get expelled in the sixth grade. When enrolling into the Catholic school, Abby chose drama as her elective. Along with that, students are supposed to attend the religion classes there whether or not they believe in Christ. Since her parents don't care for that type of stuff, Abby thoug ...more
Kate Hastings
Feb 12, 2008 Kate Hastings rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: middle school Catholic religion faith
Shelves: middle-school
When 6th grader Abby assaults another student, she is expelled from her middle school and sent to the only school that will accept her-- a Catholic school. Her parents are self-absorbed with their careers, and she figures out one way to really get under their skin-- she's going to become Catholic.

What she doesn't expect is that she will meet people and learn things that will lead her to actual faith.

I liked this book in that Abby asks a lot of questions that I wish I had been brave enough to ask
May 09, 2014 Robyn rated it really liked it
Great little read...sad commentary on the absent parenting method -- a good overview of the complexity; and, simplicity of becoming a follower of Christ. I think the story line would have been more believable if the main character had been a few years older as the initial 'crises' was a bit mature for a 6th grade.
Alicia Schultz
I actually forgot I read this as a child and thus have to admit I read it as a grown ass adult fully without 'nostalgia' intent. But yep, I did read it when it was age appropriate and it's just as cute now as it was then. And now, it made me want to make sure that if I'm ever a parent, I'm better than hers.
Elsa D.
Sep 22, 2014 Elsa D. rated it liked it
The most significant internal conflict was when Abby had to decide whether she wanted to join the church or not. She felt like that's where she belonged, but she wasn't sure if she even believed in God. Abby was the only one who could decide that for herself, so that is how I know it was internal. The most significant external conflict was when she wanted her parents to come to her baptism, but Abby could not control whether they came or not. She could only hope that they would care enough to su ...more
Apr 28, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
At first I didn't care for this book. It is because I couldn't identify with Abby's non belief. I had to suspend my own belief. It was hard at first, then it started to click. Sometimes faith is always there whether you want to believe it or not. It just takes time and the person waiting for the answer is held in grace.
By the way the story was great. Abby's growth along with the story was wonderful.

T. Chanel
Oct 23, 2013 T. Chanel rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-books
Okay so a friend recommended this to me so i admit i was skeptical but i was pleasantly surprised.

You meet Abby who doesn't believe in God. She has good reason to, at least she thinks she does. Her parents are more focused on their jobs than they are on her. She was harassed by a boy in her class who everyone thought was the golden boy. She was expelled from school for defending herself and no one believes her. But when she goes to catholic school she is astonished. Everyone is so nice and accep
Feb 15, 2015 Michele rated it really liked it
There's nothing sappy or overdone about this story of spiritual awakening. I found Abby's conversion to Catholicism believable because of the way she retains some of her doubts throughout the process. The adults in this book are flawed but not caricatures of clueless grown-ups.
Jun 15, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it
This is a powerful story of faith and neglect. It's a good reminder that not all children who suffer from neglect are poor. Many are quite wealthy and seem, on the surface at least, to have perfect lives. Sadly, that is often far from the truth.
Aug 18, 2012 Meg rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
One of the funny things about reading this book was that I went through the same process the main character goes through maybe a year after reading the book (not all of it, I've never gone through getting expelled or harassed the way she is). I had somewhat forgotten about the book until we were starting preparation and I realized that it all sounded especially familiar because I had already heard the story before, and so I was better acquainted with it already. Having had the 'experience' of al ...more
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I was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1967, very near the small town that was the setting for my first book, Ruthie's Gift. I attended Smith College, in Northampton, Massachusetts, and graduated with a degree in chemistry just a few weeks before I married my high school sweetheart--Bart Bradley.

I studied chemistry in college because that was what I most loved to learn, but it's not what
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