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Publication Date: 2011
Series: Faithgirlz! From Sadie's Sketchbook
Sadie is a strong, extroverted 12-year-old who sees the move from Menlo Park, CA to Eagles Nest, MI as a grand adventure. In this new place, she can be whoever she wants to be. She has a strong relationship with her fun-loving dad, and together they work hard to help her mom, who is emotionally fragile. They both hope that this new place will be a fresh start for Sadies mom. Quickly Sadie learns she is not welcome in Eagles Nest. Her father, a mediator called in by the DNR, is tasked with creating compromise between the hunters in the community who think the bears are a nuisance and should be shot, and the scientist who is studying the bears. Sadie has never been on the outside and isnt sure what to do with the hostile treatment from many of the kids at school. She connects with one girl at school, which helps, and also starts to befriend the (good-looking) son of the scientist. Sadie also meets a local artist, who recognizes Sadies talent and offers her art lessons. As Sadie learns to draw, she starts to see her community in a new way. Her art teacher takes her to Compline (evening prayers) and Sadie is drawn in by the mystery of it all. She starts asking questions about what she believes, both in terms of faith, and in terms of the issues in her community. When her father doesnt stand up to the hunters in the way she thinks he should, she questions his values. The focus of this first book is on Sadie stumbling into questions of faith, wrestling with them, and becoming more comfortable in the space of not knowing all the answers.
Naomi Kinsman has always dreamed of plunging into a fiction world, like Lucy does in Voyage of the Dawn Treader. In Naomis first career, acting and directing for the theater, this dream was inches from her reach. But writing has made the dream possible, and now Naomi regularly slips into book worlds and shares her adventures through her company, Society of Young Inklings, dedicated to empowering young writers across the country. Naomi is the author of the 2009 Moonbeam Gold Medal winner, Spilled Ink, and she has written and directed over 50 plays for young audiences. She lives in Northern California with her husband and identically colored pets: a tuxedo cat and a Portuguese water dog.
Sadie is a normal 12-year-old girl. She loves her West Coast friends, and misses them dearly. Her mother has a severe sleeping disorder, so in order to help her heal, her family has moved from a big city in California to the tiny town of Owl Creek, Michigan. Her Dad has been given a job as a mediator among the local bear hunters, local bear watchers and preservationists, and representatives from the Department of Natural Resources; this puts him at odds with most of the community who view him as a threat. Very quickly, their hatred travels from him to Sadie. She is trying to make new friends at school, but, at least at first, everyone deems her trouble and wants nothing to do with her. Eventually, Sadie begins to make friends, only to find out that some of them have been lying to her. Not knowing what to believe, Sadie finds herself turning to God.
The author does a terrific job of bringing God into the picture in a way that is easy to understand and that shows teen girls what a relationship with God can really be like -- not a scary, abstract thing. Sadie learns to follow the command in Psalm 55:22, "Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall." Through her growth in Christ, Sadie is able to handle the problems that her fathers new job is causing her family. The structure of her family, and its problems, are slightly exaggerated, but can still be taken as realistic.
This is the kind of book teen girls can read, recommend to or pass along to friends, and spend time talking about. - Claire Hadley, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com