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Publisher Comments:

Agnes and Honey have always been best friends, but they haven't always been so different. Agnes loves being a Believer. She knows the rules at the Mount Blessing religious commune are there to make her a better person. Honey hates Mount Blessing and the control Emmanuel, their leader, has over her life. The only bright spot is the butterfly garden she's helping to build, and the journal of butterflies that she keeps. When Agnes's grandmother makes an unexpected visit to the commune, she discovers a violent secret that the Believers are desperate to keep quiet. And when Agnes's little brother is seriously injured and Emmanuel refuses to send him to a hospital, Nana Pete takes the three children and escapes the commune. Their journey begins an exploration of faith, friendship, religion and family for the two girls, as Agnes clings to her familiar faith while Honey desperately wants a new future.

Review:

"Inspired by her childhood in a religious commune, Galante's swift-moving debut novel may hold a ripped-from-the-headlines fascination for readers. But those who take the bait will find more contrivance than substance in the tale of two teenage girls' very different attitudes about the cloistered life they have been born into. Secluded at the Mount Blessing compound under the rule of the manipulative Emmanuel, 14-year-old Agnes strives for sainthood. Her best friend, Honey, however, questions Emmanuel's tactics and authority, and secretly longs for a normal life with TV, fashionable clothes and fast food. An injury to Agnes's younger brother sets in motion a daring escape from Mount Blessing orchestrated by the siblings' grandmother, with Honey along for the ride. As relationships strain and new situations arise, no one is sure what move to make next. The girls' friendship and their respective expressions of doubt in their faith — and in the adults they love — seem mostly convincing, but heavy foreshadowing and too many neatly aligned coincidences detract from the story. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[Galante's] dramatic storytelling will pique teens' curiosity. Readers will be amazed by Agnes and Honey's strength to enter a brave new world of Big Macs and automatic doors — and independence and unconditional love." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Galante, who grew up in a religious commune, captures Agnes's loyalty and unease....[R]eaders will be fascinated by a glimpse into a lifestyle not often seen." Booklist

Synopsis:

Agnes and Honey have been best friends for as long as they can remember. But everything is about to change, from their friendship to the only home theyve ever known: a religious commune called Mount Blessing. Agnes loves being a believer and following the rules of the commune, but Honey has started to rebel. Then, when Agnes and Honey experience the outside world (on the run, no less), their friendship is tested further. After all, when everything youve ever known turns out to be a lie, how do you find the truth? A powerful story of faith, doubt, abuse, and above all, friendship. 

Synopsis:

Agnes and Honey have always been best friends, but they havent always been so different. Agnes loves being a Believer.  She knows the rules at the Mount Blessing religious commune are there to make her a better person. Honey hates Mount Blessing and the control Emmanuel, their leader, has over her life.  The only bright spot is the butterfly garden shes helping to build, and the journal of butterflies that she keeps.  When Agness grandmother makes an unexpected visit to the commune, she discovers a violent secret that the Believers are desperate to keep quiet.  And when Agness little brother is seriously injured and Emmanuel refuses to send him to a hospital, Nana Pete takes the three children and escapes the commune.  Their journey begins an exploration of faith, friendship, religion and family for the two girls, as Agnes clings to her familiar faith while Honey desperately wants a new future. 

About the Author

Cecilia Galante grew up in a religious commune in upstate New York until the age of 15. She is currently a high school English teacher, and lives with her husband and three children in Kingston, PA.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781599902494
Author:
Galante, Cecilia
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
General
Subject:
Christian Life
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Cults
Subject:
Connecticut
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Religious - General
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date:
20091027
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in
Age Level:
from 12 up to 17

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Product details 320 pages Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - English 9781599902494 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Inspired by her childhood in a religious commune, Galante's swift-moving debut novel may hold a ripped-from-the-headlines fascination for readers. But those who take the bait will find more contrivance than substance in the tale of two teenage girls' very different attitudes about the cloistered life they have been born into. Secluded at the Mount Blessing compound under the rule of the manipulative Emmanuel, 14-year-old Agnes strives for sainthood. Her best friend, Honey, however, questions Emmanuel's tactics and authority, and secretly longs for a normal life with TV, fashionable clothes and fast food. An injury to Agnes's younger brother sets in motion a daring escape from Mount Blessing orchestrated by the siblings' grandmother, with Honey along for the ride. As relationships strain and new situations arise, no one is sure what move to make next. The girls' friendship and their respective expressions of doubt in their faith — and in the adults they love — seem mostly convincing, but heavy foreshadowing and too many neatly aligned coincidences detract from the story. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[Galante's] dramatic storytelling will pique teens' curiosity. Readers will be amazed by Agnes and Honey's strength to enter a brave new world of Big Macs and automatic doors — and independence and unconditional love."
"Review" by , "Galante, who grew up in a religious commune, captures Agnes's loyalty and unease....[R]eaders will be fascinated by a glimpse into a lifestyle not often seen."
"Synopsis" by ,

Agnes and Honey have been best friends for as long as they can remember. But everything is about to change, from their friendship to the only home theyve ever known: a religious commune called Mount Blessing. Agnes loves being a believer and following the rules of the commune, but Honey has started to rebel. Then, when Agnes and Honey experience the outside world (on the run, no less), their friendship is tested further. After all, when everything youve ever known turns out to be a lie, how do you find the truth? A powerful story of faith, doubt, abuse, and above all, friendship. 

"Synopsis" by ,
Agnes and Honey have always been best friends, but they havent always been so different. Agnes loves being a Believer.  She knows the rules at the Mount Blessing religious commune are there to make her a better person. Honey hates Mount Blessing and the control Emmanuel, their leader, has over her life.  The only bright spot is the butterfly garden shes helping to build, and the journal of butterflies that she keeps.  When Agness grandmother makes an unexpected visit to the commune, she discovers a violent secret that the Believers are desperate to keep quiet.  And when Agness little brother is seriously injured and Emmanuel refuses to send him to a hospital, Nana Pete takes the three children and escapes the commune.  Their journey begins an exploration of faith, friendship, religion and family for the two girls, as Agnes clings to her familiar faith while Honey desperately wants a new future. 
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