4 out of 4 stars
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Pam Dabon takes her young reading audience on an adventure in Sterling and the Book of Miracles. The author's main character is a bookworm who would rather not spend a single second socializing with classmates. She likes her solitude and finds serenity within the pages of all types of reading material. Her parents, both university professors, have decided to spend the summer in London taking part in lectures that pertain to their careers. Sterling will be staying with Aunt Millie, who she hasn't seen since infancy.
Her aunt resides in Angel Hollow, and immediately upon arrival, Sterling is made aware that heavenly beings inhabit the property. It doesn't take long before two divine messengers, Luna and Mimsie, manifest with an assignment to retrieve a valuable resource that has gone missing. They make it clear that Sterling will play a vital role in its recovery.
I liked how this author portrayed the development of Sterling's personality from an introverted individual to a young woman battling dark forces. Through her experience, she realizes how the power of prayer can help get a challenging job accomplished. When circumstances appear dire, and evil is all around, she calls upon supernatural help and receives it.
Sterling is moving on to high school, but this book is geared for readers much younger. Those who can independently handle material with eight short chapters and a simple plot, such as an older elementary-aged student, would find this most appealing. Adults could share this story out loud for those who are not quite at the reading level this requires. It contains a beautiful message of strength that would benefit any age group. Sterling doesn't blindly follow her peers who are engaging in behavior that she finds immature. Holding on to her individuality, she sidesteps bullying with great poise and makes an excellent teen role model for others to emulate.
Besides its positive message, the writing is superb. I only located two slight errors, and the vivid, descriptive style this writer possesses paints mental images that make the material come to life. Also, there are scripture verses scattered throughout the text that enhance the lessons of the plot.
With that in mind, Christians may appreciate this tale the most. The Biblical references are woven into the story subtly, so it is not forceful or preachy. Individuals who do not prefer any religious components in their books might want to skip this one. There are a few scenes of frightening demons and slight violence as the forces of light and dark war with one another. Neither of these is severe, but I know that some young ones are more sensitive than others, so it is worth mentioning.
For all of its marvelous attributes with nothing I disliked, this publication gets 4 out of 4 stars from me.
Sterling and The Book of Miracles
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