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Miracleville by Monique Polak
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Mar 15, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: canada, coming-of-age, compassion, disabilities, librarything-early-reviewer, religion-spirituality, ya-fiction
Read from March 15 to 25, 2011

"And that's when I realize that maybe it's true that the real miracle isn't when someone throws away their crutches or stops being paralyzed. Maybe the real miracle is way simpler than that. Maybe the miracle is not giving up. Maybe it's staying hopeful even when you're not sure how thing will turn out".

The quote above neatly sums up the story about Ani and her family living in the small town of Sainte-Anne-de Beaupre where pilgrims come year after year seeking miracles. When her mom is suddenly paralyzed in a freakish accident, the whole family's, no... the whole town's faith is tested, in very different ways. Ani's mom, once steadfast in her Catholic faith, seems to grow despondent and bitter. Then with the help of long lost friends, she regains some semblance of normalcy once again. Yet, these same friends, one a priest, another a paraplegic, one a herbalist, rock Ani's comfortable, easy world.

This delightful novel mixes modern-day issues and problems with age-old beliefs about miracles and faith. Ani, her parents, and her wild sister, Colette, all falter at some point, some longer than others, but come back around to the stability and consistency that only true faith can provide.

Thank you to Librarything, Monique Polak, Leslie Bootle, and Orca Book Publishers for this ARC of this timely YA novel.

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