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The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen
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Apr 22, 12

really liked it
Read in April, 2012

Avid readers have most likely encountered times when it seem like each book is just another love story, or another mystery, or tale of adventure and they yearn for something completely different. Reader, when you find yourself in one of these reading moods, picks up The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen. Narrated by ten year old Judith McPherson, an ostracized misfit and True Believer, the novel is at once an exploration of faith and a child’s perception of reality. Judith’s mother died when she was born, an act for which Judith feels responsible, and lives with her somewhat remote, preacher father. She has created a miniature world, the Land of Decoration, out of scraps of trash, and devotes her spare time to dreaming up various scenarios for the little people that populate her creation. After a particularly difficult run in with a bully at school and a rather inspiring visit from a visiting preacher at church, Judith finds herself taking an ultimate leap of faith. Events soon transpire that Judith never expected. Is she responsible for the miracles that seem to be happening around her, and is that really the voice of God she can hear speaking to her? Exploring the intricacy between belief and imagination, readers will find themselves enthralled with Judith and both her real and imagined worlds. Evocative and compelling, The Land of Decoration is an enthralling read.

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