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Basil's Search for Miracles

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In Basil's Search for Miracles, Basil, an ordinary 12-year-old who dreams of being a reporter, is on a quest-he must find and report on true, modern miracles for his school paper, St. Norbert's News. After Basil sees a real weeping icon, meets with people who have been miraculously healed of deadly illnesses, and more, he begins to understand his faith and put it in motion ...more
Paperback, 158 pages
Published March 30th 2007 by Conciliar Press (first published 2007)
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Kelli
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a very inspiring book. I love that it outlines a few real miracles as well as including a few fictional ones. My favorite part of the book, though, was that it makes it clear that the greatest of all miracles are not those that are fantastical, but those that happen inwardly. I loved the story of Basil coming to believe in Christ through his research on miracles, and how he slowly started attending church after befriending the priest. This was a very fast-paced novel, and you can't help ...more
Dreamergirl
Aug 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was truly loveable and beautiful. You wouldn't have one dull moment with Heather Zydek and his characters, "Basil's Search For Miracles" will have you searching for everything real and will give you a true picture of Christianity. I could really relate to Basil since he loves to write and we have the same faith. Here is my review:

When Basil, a seventh grader who wants to be reporter and loves to write moves to a new Christian school he isn't expecting to land in their magazine squad bu
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Frank
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I place this book in the great class. Heather Zydek did a fantastic job in bring the characters to life and getting the reader involved in the real issues of life. "Basil's Search for Miracles" was really a search for the source of miracles and he found that source. He also found the need to reach out to others who might not seem worth reaching out to. So he received power from the miracles that he searched and wrote about. He continually got in trouble with his mother as he searched for meaning ...more
Chrissi
Feb 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing

Basil’s Search for Miracles is a well written superb integration of fiction and Christian Orthodoxy for young people. Heather Zydek interweaves stories of real miracles, with mystery and suspense through realistic characters and active dialogue. I could not put this novel down, without knowing what happened to Basil’s new friend Anthony. I recommend this book to young people who want to know more about the Orthodox faith, through a story that they can relate to, while also gaining insight and co
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Anna
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book! I really enjoyed this one, I was hooked and could hardly put the book down. This is a wonderful story about love, friendship, faith, and bearing your own cross. Loved this read.
Philip
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is an arresting and unusual book. Basil’s Search for Miracles features a charming young man who manages to get a job on his school newspaper covering the religion beat. Heather Zydek introduces the reader to the illuminating beauty of Orthodox Christianity while following Basil through his first year at a new school. Zydek deftly manages to avoid the pitfalls that snag many Christian writers; her characters are normal (not perfect) people who have to grapple with issues ranging from divorce ...more
Jane G Meyer
Nov 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: kids!
I do love this book--Basil is such a loveable kid, living in a bit of a tough situation with a single mom who's too busy to pay him much time or attention... As he moves to a new school and finds himself on the staff of the school paper, he struggles to find friends and fit in. But he gets through it all, and helps out a boy in need, to boot, leaving the reader satisfied that good can triumph over evil if we decide to take on the struggle of looking past ourselves to help out one another...
Matthew Jackson
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: orthodox-books, ya
I have a very hard time rating this book - it is actually quite good. My struggle is that there are thematic elements (particularly of child abuse) that seem too mature for the intended audience. I have several kids in the age-range, and I would not let them read the book specifically for that reason. If it weren't for that, I would give it 4 stars. Excellent story and very well written!
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