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Ordinary Miracles

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  57 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
That's what Mark Filkins has always believed. But it seems as if he's also gotten a lot he hasn't asked for, like feeling that he's a slightly faded copy of his twin brother, or his parents' plan that both boys will grow up to be preachers.

When he meets Dr. Colin Hendrick, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist whose research Mark's family disapproves of, Mark realizes that he ca
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 5th 2002 by HarperTeen (first published 1999)
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Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very good book; honest look at "cradle Christians" and very well written.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mark and Matthew, identical twins, are being groomed by their fundamentalist preacher father to become ministers, as well. Lately, though, Mark, the younger by seconds, is tired of being a twin - tired of being so connected to another person and wants to strike out as an individual. His opportunity comes when he meets Colin Hendrik, a Noble prize winner in genetics. Colin will be working with the eighth grade class on a science unit and he recruits Mark to be his apprentice. But when Mark become ...more
Brittany Christensen
Genre: coming of age
This book follows adolescent Mark Filkins as he looks for just one special miracle to save a new friend from a deadly cancer. While trying to reconcile science and religion, Mark ostracizes himself from his family, even his twin as he becomes friends with Nobel Prize Lauriat, Colin Hendrick. By the end of the book, Mark has learned that while science and religion don't always match up, one can have faith in the goodness of both. While nothing was lacking in character developm
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Oct 18, 2011 rated it liked it
I can't decide if i would have loved or hated this book as a kid. Maybe some of both? Anyway, this is a rather delightful sort of make-you-think book, although it is NOT about what the Goodreads description says. It's a young-adult book about a religious family and such, and definitely fiction.
Sep 17, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-teen
Kinda predictable, kinda contrived. The first 100 pages were okay and the last 40, but in-between was a little tortuous. Best parts: the scientist's understandings of God and heaven. Worst parts: lines and lines and lines of prayer and Bible quotes that didn't always contribute to the plot or character development. Wouldn't recommend; there's gotta be something better out there for youth.
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
great book with a beautiful story and message. i love it so much
Aug 30, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good writer in need of some polish. Three stars is probably overly generous, but the book and its characters were likable enough for me to give it the benefit of the doubt.
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Mark Filkins, twin son of a minister, is suddenly having questions about his identity separate from his twin
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Stephanie S. Tolan's earliest memories involve books. Those that were read to her and those she read to herself, often late at night with a flashlight under the covers. She always thought there was a special magic in the little black marks on paper that could turn into whole worlds and real people. Born in Ohio and raised in Wisconsin, she wrote her first story in the fourth grade. It was thrillin ...more
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