#Review “Miracle” by J. Helen Elza

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5/5 Stars!

The faith and pure heart of a child confound the Father of Lies in this inspiring tale.

Twelve-year-old Willie MacGregor is golden in the lead. Raised by the spirited Eleanor, Willie sees adventure in everything and doesn’t miss an opportunity to explore.

A child of faith, Willie is not naïve. He’s well aware evil and temptation exists, but it is his choice to be a believer and take different paths.

His best friend, Johanna—also a believer—is wheelchair bound, but her spirits soar when she spends time with Willie and Eleanor.

Every story has an annoying character and Millicent, Johanna’s mom, gets the honor in Miracle. Dour and overprotective, I have to cut her some slack. She lost her husband in the accident that paralyzed her daughter. Millicent’s lack of faith and a tendency to see bad everywhere is understandable.

During a road trip to Tennessee’s Smokey Mountain National Forest, it’s Millicent who sees trauma and catastrophe at every turn and insists on taking Johanna home. The two preteens aren’t ready for their adventure to end, and because they believe, together they recite words from one of their favorite Scottish fairy tales… and separately appear in another wooded forest.

This begins Willie’s real adventure… to find Johanna.

Willie meets a lovable cast of characters from woodland creatures and horses who can talk to children of privilege left on their own by self-centered parents.

Led by his strong faith, Willie MacGregor attempts to help the friends he makes on his journey. He can’t understand why so many live in fear and doubt and tells them of a better way.

Known by many names, Satan also shows up in many forms to tempt and antagonize. He’s a leopard prince, a mighty stallion, and a cool hip-hop dude.

Willie may not realize at first with whom he’s dealing, but he senses evil and is cautious and suspicious. What Willie doesn’t realize at the time is his character and faith are inspiring to all he meets—but Satan does, and he knows the only way to continue his rule is to break Willie’s faith.

This read is a fun adventure! It is not preachy or judgmental. Willie is not a little evangelical screaming fire and brimstone. He’s a twelve-year-old in a denim bucket hat who wipes his nose on his sleeve. He has a strong sense of faith, family, and friendship because that’s what he is being raised—good home training! His behavior and decisions puzzle many but are natural to him.

Also natural is the way the author wove the Native American spirituality and culture throughout the story. Belief systems may appear to be different, but at the heart, they’re all the same… just as people are. The imagery is on point—the beaded dresses are as vivid and detailed as the flannel shirts. The rapid flowing streams and the majestic trees… priceless. Great job.

There is some head-hopping, but nothing so distracting as to remove the reader from the story.

I recommend Miracle to everyone. Read it to your children/grandchildren or read it for yourself. It is a worthy delight!


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Genre: Christian/Native American Spirituality/Children’s/Action & Adventure

Release Date: February 23, 2016

Have you ever said to yourself (or out loud, maybe) that just once, you would like to put Satan the Devil in his place? Well, hang on to your bucket hat (or whatever kind of hat you wear) because one twelve-year-old named Willie MacGregor is about to bedevil the devil.

Willie and best friend, Johanna, who uses a wheelchair, embark on a grand Smoky Mountain adventure when Johanna goes missing. Willie’s search for her leads him into the enchanted forest of the evil shape-shifting Prince Fallon, who, in all his disguises, repeatedly thwarts Willie’s search while trying to win Willie as a new and loyal subject. Fallon tires of the boy who rejects everything the prince offers; Willie wants nothing but Johanna. In a temper, Fallon produces the girl and offers Willie an even exchange; Johanna’s life for Willie’s soul. To Fallon’s delight, Willie pleads for Johanna’s safety.

But, is it possible that the prince of demons, masquerading as Fallon, underestimates young Willie who sees through Fallon’s disguises and serves up one last surprise for the prince?

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“The Spoiled Princess” : Teach Your Kids Not To Take Everything For Granted (CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOKS FOR KIDS Book 1)” by Sigal Adler

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“” The Spoiled Princess”: Teach Your Kids Not To Take Everything For Granted (CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOKS FOR KIDS Book 1)

Genre: Children’s Books/Fairytales/Inspirational

Release Date: June 22, 2017

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There once lived a king in a grand far-off palace
Along with his daughter, the sweet princess Alice ;
The king loved his daughter, gave her all he had
So she would be happy, and never feel sad.

“Runny Babbit Returns” by Shel Silverstein

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“Runny Babbit Returns”

Genre: Children’s Books/Animals/Humor

Release Date: September 19, 2017

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Runny Babbit, the lovable star of Shel Silverstein’s New York Times bestselling poetry book, is back!

Runny Babbit Returns, a collection of 41 never-before-published poems and drawings, features Runny and other woodland characters who speak a topsy-turvy language all their own.

This carefully compiled work from the Silverstein archives is filled with spoonerism poems that are both playful and poignant. With tongue-twisting word play and uproarious characters, the endearingly befuddled Runny Babbit and his friends embody Shel Silverstein’s singular style, the one we all know and love.

Fans of all ages won’t want to miss their chance to follow their favorite Runny in this book of laugh-out-loud adventures!


“Beast & Crown” by Joel Ross

“Beast & Crown

Genre: Middle Grades and Up/Magic & Fantasy

Release Date: August 22, 2017

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A thrilling new middle-grade fantasy from Texas Bluebonnet award winner Joel Ross, author of The Fog Diver. Packed with adventure and humor and filled with goblins, Royals, and magic, this is a tale of unlikely heroes who embark on a daring quest.

Boot boy Ji is tired of scrubbing soles and untangling shoelaces. He doesn’t want to bow and scrape. All he wants is freedom—for himself and his friends.

He decides to risk everything for a chance to accompany a young nobleman to the Diadem Rite, a magical ritual that chooses the heir to the Summer Crown. Ji doesn’t care about crowns or ceremonies, but he vows that this trip will grant him and his friends new lives, far away from boots and bowing. What Ji doesn’t know is that he and his friends have a dangerous part to play in the Diadem Rite. One that will change them forever.

“Books for kids 2-4: Penny’s First Day At School (Children’s, Kids, Preschool Books Book 1)” by Leela Hope

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“Books for kids 2-4: Penny’s First Day At School (Children’s, Kids, Preschool Books Book 1)

Genre: Children’s Books/Early Learning/Beginning Reader

Release Date: August 24, 2017

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Teach your children to be proud of who they are.
Penny is excited to be starting her first day of school, but all the other

children think that she’s too tall and tease her for it. Will the children accept her for being a little bit different?
Perfect for early readers, this children’s storybook teaches your children:

• To be nice
• To be proud of who they are
• That appearances shouldn’t matter
• Everyone is different

Penny’s First Day At School is a wonderful bedtime story for all ages and is told through

rhyming verses and colorful illustrations.

This storybook helps your child develop their reading skills in a fun and exciting adventure.

“The Bad Seed” by Jory John

“The Bad Seed” (Hardcover)

Genre: Children’s Books

Release Date: August 29, 2017

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Goodnight Already! series

This is a book about a bad seed. A baaaaaaaaaad seed. How bad? Do you really want to know? He has a bad temper, bad manners, and a bad attitude. He’s been bad since he can remember!

With Jory John’s charming and endearing text and bold expressive illustrations by Pete Oswald, here is The Bad Seed: a funny yet touching tale that reminds us of the remarkably transformative power of will, acceptance, and just being you. Perfect for young readers, as well as anyone navigating their current world, The Bad Seed proves that positive change is possible for each and every one of us.

“The Guardian Herd: Starfire (The Guardian Herd Series Book 1)” by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

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“The Guardian Herd: Starfire (The Guardian Herd Series Book 1)

Genre: Fairy Tales/Animals/Horses

Release Date: September 23, 2014

The first book in a gripping new tween fantasy series about winged horses—perfect for fans of the Warriors, Survivors, and Guardians of Ga’Hoole series.

Once every hundred years, a black foal is born, prophesied to either unite or destroy the five herds of flying horses that live in Anok—fated to become the most powerful pegasus in all of the land.

Star is this black foal.

Even though Star has malformed wings that make him unable to fly, the leaders of each herd will take no risks and want to execute Star before his first birthday. With the help of his friends, Star must escape the clutches of the powerful leaders, and his epic journey of self-discovery turns into a battle between good and evil that will keep readers eagerly turning the pages.