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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  666 ratings  ·  191 reviews
Eleven-year-old Wunder Ellis is a miracologist. In a journal he calls The Miraculous, he records stories of the inexplicable and the extraordinary. These miracles fill Wunder with the feeling that he is not alone, that the world is magical, that he is part of something brighter than he can imagine.

But then his newborn sister dies, at only eight days old. If that can happen
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 30th 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Mar 14, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr

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Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a different type of YA read for me. I liked the main character, Wunder's, fascination with the miracles of everyday life and people. It is the first book I have read where the main character actually goes to church and believes in Saints, which for me is a thumbs up.

The story starts off with Wunder's newborn's sister's death. This is the moment he stops believing in all things miracle. He makes a new friend Faye that eventually helps him with his loss as she suffers her own.

Then the s
Gail Shepherd
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
I can't think of another middle grade novel that deals with the loss of an infant sibling, and Jess Redman's THE MIRACULOUS does so with such grace and feeling it left me breathless. Having lost a sibling myself, I know just how quickly and painfully even a close family can unravel around the death of a child. Redman gets all that heartbreak on the page as she describes Wunder Ellis's confusion and loneliness, even as she balances it beautifully with a story about how faith in connection and com ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Wunder Ellis is a miracologist, dutifully cataloging stories of the miraculous in a journal. However, after his newborn sister dies, Wunder stops the stories— miracles don’t exist. But then he meets Faye and, in turn, the woman who lives in the crumbling house near the cemetery. Though Wunder can’t say for sure if she’s a witch, he follows her instructions for a journey that makes him reconsider friendship, grief, and even miracles.

There are few books that, within the first sentences, feel speci
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, kids
Some books come straight from the heart, and this is one of them. We meet Wunder Ellis shortly after the death of his baby sister, when his family is still spinning with grief. What follows is an exploration of family, friendship, love—and the miracles that surround us.

If you like heartfelt books with lyrical language, characters that will make you laugh and cry, and a beautifully detailed setting, then you will love THE MIRACULOUS.
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wunder Ellis, 11 years old, is what he dubs a miracologist, he has been recording miracles in his "The Miraculous" journal for a number of years - he believes in each and every miracle recorded....... Until the day his newborn sister dies, on that day all and any miracles die within Wunder's heart.

His mother, in her own grief, refuses to leave her room, even for the short funeral service for the lost child - only Wunder, his father and the very "weird" officiating priest are at the service. One
Kira Simion
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, gift-or-won
The cover is beautiful. No hint of violence, lust, or romance. Just a girl and a boy trying to ride their bikes to --or through-- a supposed adventure. The setting is just stunning, lights with an ombre shadowing and a house that just begs the question of "who lives there?" and what is its importance?

The blurb was exquisite. A boy who believes in miracles and writes about them in his journal. The line on the cover could have been omitted (or at least changed) in my opinion. "There are miracles a
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wondered if I could take another book with grieving being an important part of it, but actually this is the book to read if you think you can't read another book on this topic for MG readers. The people of the small town at the center of this book learn to believe in what they cannot see and find light in the darkest of places. This is no small challenge for an author to pull off, but I think Jess Redman has done it. ...more
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a beautiful and wholesome story about grief, friendship, and love. I liked the characters and even though there wasn't much of a plot, I enjoyed simply reading about their lives. Plus, I have to say it, the cover is gorgeous. ...more
Jeanne Ferruolo
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“But sometimes the brightest miracles are hidden in the darkest moments.”

This is what Faye tells Wunder in Jess Redman’s beautiful debut about loss.

I loved this story for so many reasons. First, the prose is gorgeous. I found myself lost in the beauty of the scenes and the words. The imagery throughout the story is magical– the DoorWay Tree, the cemetery, the forest, the Witch and her house.

Second, I fell in love with Wunder and Faye (et cetera, et cetera). Wunder is sincere and real. I was mor
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am fed up with the moms-in-depression. But I love the main character and his crazy friend anyway.
M.L. Little
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The Miraculous, set in an America that feels nothing like our America, and completely like a place new and mysterious, brings us a boy named Wunder, his friend Faye, a witch in the woods, and a baby sister who only lived for eight days. The imagery is rich, the dialogue thought-provoking. The characters burst off the page, not because they are so loud or eccentric (with the exception of Faye), but because they are
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the author and Farrar Straus Giroux for an ARC of this book (release date is July 30th)

This is such a beautiful story about loss, love, hope, faith, and miracles.

Wunder Ellis is a miracologist, but when his baby sister dies, he stops believing in miracles. He inadventently befriends a girl named Faye, and together they meet an old woman (who may or may not be a witch) who lives at the place in the woods called The DoorWay House. The woman asks them to deliver several letters for he
Katrina Tangen
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(So interesting to read this right after My Jasper June because they have a number of similarities but are totally different!)

Amongst all of the grief books this year, this one stands out because it manages to be a fun book even though it’s about serious topics (Faye is hilarious!). And because it’s about a kid wrestling with his faith in the face of loss, which I think is a nice angle. It’s a sort of whimsical, inclusive faith, so I think it’s accessible to people of any faith or none.
Dee Dee G
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Because there can be miracles even in the midst of unfathomable sadness and anger, even in the depths of grief and confusion. And these, these are the hidden ones, the ones we must search for”. This book was everything! A very different middle grade book. Has me all kinds of emotional 😭 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Valerie McEnroe
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
When I rate a book I consider two factors, the quality of the writing and whether kids will likely read it. I have no issue with the author's writing. The thoughts and actions of the characters are well-described. They have clear personalities. There's impressive dialogue and deep thoughts. There's a bit of mystery in the form of a woman who lives in a house near a cemetery and is thought to be a witch. There's fantasy in the form of a rare tree that connects people to their loved ones who have ...more
Shaye Miller
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
As long as there were caskets so small, there were no miracles.”

11-year-old Wunder Ellis has been a miracolagist for as long as his town can remember. He records wondrous events that have happened all over his town — in fact, over 1,000 of these events have been meticulously written down in his special book over the years. But all that comes to an abrupt stop when his baby sister dies after only living for 8 days. Little does he know that his sister’s burial marks the beginning of an unusual adv
Clare O'Connor
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jess Redman has delivered a heart-warming and emotionally powerful debut novel in THE MIRACULOUS.

The story will capture your heart from the beginning and have you thinking about it long after the last page has been devoured. Beautifully written, the book features a main character with an important message: Miracles exist.

Eleven-year-old Wunder Ellis considers himself a miracologist. A keen observer of the world around him, he researches life-changing stories and events and records them in a bo
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The overall message of this book is contradictory. On the one hand the topic of death, especially that of a younger sibling, is addressed in an accessible way. There is also much hope as the town is brought together by the deliveries of Wunder and Faye. I also loved the way Faye's character was so comfortable in her own skin and steadfast in supporting Wunder (Wundie) in the midst of his family crisis. We are indeed all witnesses of miracles (as defined by Wunder) and slowing down enough to see ...more
Ava Thompson
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Oh, how I wish I could rate this book better!

Frankly, it disappointed me. The cover, the description, they were all so great... until I actually read the thing. My problems with it included character development (not enough); climax (or possibly un-climax); and resolution (it didn't feel right).

So, I was disappointed. Very disappointed, a fact that disappoints me even more.

"The world is full of miracles. If anyone can find them, it's you."

Tolle et lege.
Anne Marie
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-tragedy, ya-family
I like how this story of sibling infant death, grief, and comfort in connections is brought to the reader. I cried and smiled as the young narrator navigated this terrible loss with a new friend who is grieving her grandfathers death. The message of being connected to the living and the dead may need to be supported and unpacked with a caring adult. The author touches on different cultural ways to honor, remember, and connect with the dead. Note: there is no medium or talking to the dead.
Jenna (Falling Letters)
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, 2019
3.5 stars. I much preferred the first half over later half, even though the first 60 pages or so are especially sad.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked the writing style, very flowery and descriptive, but one of the characters really bugged me. Faye had no respect for anyone's boundaries and I got really annoyed with her. Also sometimes the dialogue felt super unrealistic. Still an enjoyable read though. ...more
Kaytee Cobb
A powerful exploration of grief and hope and miracles and broken hearts. I felt like *some* pieces could have been tied up slightly better, so I'm wavering between 4 and 5 stars (really, like 4.5). ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wunder has always been interested in miracles. He even kept a special journal with details of miracles from newspapers, books, and first-person interviews with friends and neighbors in his town. But something really terrible has happened, and Wunder just can't believe in miracles anymore. His baby sister never came home from the hospital, his mom won't come out of her bedroom, and his dad stays at work later and later every night. Wunder's two best friends don't know what to say so they don't sa ...more
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Interest Level: 3-6

Do you believe in miracles? Do you believe in witches? Do you believe in reincarnation? These are all questions that 11-year-old Wunder Ellis struggles with. When he was 5-years-old he became a miracologist - someone who believes in and records the miracles of others. He and his parents were walking in the woods and he ran ahead of them. He ended up in front of an old, run-down house that was made of a very odd wood. As a crow cawed above him the spirals in the wood started sp
Meag McKeron
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: juv-fiction
The Miraculous explores a very heavy topic (death of a sibling, in this case a sister who was only eight days old) in a way that is accessible to young readers - it's deeply sad, but it is also full of hope. The main character, Wunder, is easy to love. The author does a great job of showing the toll his sister's death has taken on him and how complicated processing grief as a child can be, especially when you add in the fact that the parents are also dealing with their own sadness. I had a tough ...more
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, read-2020, owned
*received a free copy from netgalley* I ended up getting a free copy of this book from netgalley after I won a print copy and switched between the two. The story is very different for middle grade, but very important, I have never lost a younger sibling but I did lose all 4 of my grandparents before I was an adult and I feel if a book like this had been out then I would have read it for sure. very touching important middle grade book with an important message about gilt.

the only thing I don't r
Brenda Corral
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it
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Naomi Milliner
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a stunning book - and, indeed, miraculous to think it is a debut. This story of love and loss and hope is one everyone can identify with. There is so much heart and wisdom in it. I already want to read it again but, even more than that, I want to share it with others. This book will stay with me for a very long time. "No one was ever alone. And no one was ever truly gone... Because love never ended." I hope you read this powerful book, and love it as much as I do. ...more
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At age six, Jess Redman published a poem entitled “I Read and Read and Read All Day” in a local anthology. She knew then, reading her printed words in a real book, that she wanted to be an author when she grew up.

She spent the next couple of decades doing things like surviving middle school, traveling around the world, becoming a therapist, and having two kids. She wrote the whole time.

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