September 2014, Untreed Reads, 44 pages, Ebook, Review copy
Summary from Untreed Reads
Seven-year-old Ruth can't speak, but that doesn't mean she can't think. She knows her birthday is going to be good as her beloved great-aunt has exciting plans for her. What she doesn't expect is a magical paper nun, an encounter with a bully who may not be what she seems, or a school day to remember. Because, before her special day is over, Ruth is in for some very big surprises.
This is a short but sweet tale of finding courage and the power of hope. Readers can understand Ruth's anticipation of her birthday, and probably will be baffled by the appearance of the nun. The nun wasn't how I expected her to be, which affected the book's grade, but the issue of bullying that gets covered in Ruth's story is one far too many readers will be able to relate to at some level. It makes me think of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol in the sense that the unexpected happens from ordinary objects, it's got that mystical feel to it. I probably won't reread it, but that's because it's made such an impression I don't need to.
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