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The first time I meet an angel, it is Raphael and I am eighteen.

Miriam is an unassuming college freshman stuck on campus after her spring break plans fall through. She's not a religious girl--when pressed she admits reluctantly to believing in a higher power. Truth be told, she's about as comfortable speaking about her faith as she is about her love life, which is to say, not at all. And then the archangel Raphael pays Miriam a visit, and she finds herself on a desperate mission to save two of her contemporaries. To top it all off, her twin brother, Mo, has also had a visitation, but from the opposite end of the good-evil spectrum, which leaves Miriam to wonder--has she been blessed and her brother cursed or vice versa? And what is the real purpose behind her mission?

Review:

"In this refreshing twist on a traditional call narrative, theological musings transform into urgent moral questions requiring decisive action as well as literal and metaphorical leaps of faith. Skillfully intertwining family, medical, and supernatural dramas with a sweet romantic subplot, Stein (High Dive) unleashes cosmic battles to play out among the inhabitants of smalltown Hamilton, Tenn., a setting replete with Civil War history. Narrator Miriam, a college freshman and budding journalist, responds with a persuasive blend of faith and doubt to archangel Raphael's terrifying appearance, dropping out of college after her only partly successful attempt at obeying his command to 'evacuate Tabitha before the Sabbath.' Thus launched on an unexpected path, Miriam confronts a serious illness and the growing awareness that her spiritual quest pits her against her twin, Moses, a recruit of demonic forces. Additional parallels add intriguing nuance, such as the Christian and Jewish faith perspectives offered by the twins' divorced parents. Miriam's initial interpretation of her illness as divine punishment gives way to more complex theological reflections in this riveting tale, an angel book that stands out from the chorus. Ages 12 — up. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

About the Author

TAMMAR STEIN is the author of Light Years, a 2006 ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and High Dive. She lives in Florida with her family and her bilingual dog.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375858710
Author:
Stein, Tammar
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Social Issues - New Experience
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Good and evil
Subject:
Situations / New Experience
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-New Experience
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.51 x 5.9 x .86 in .835 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » New Experience
Young Adult » General

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this refreshing twist on a traditional call narrative, theological musings transform into urgent moral questions requiring decisive action as well as literal and metaphorical leaps of faith. Skillfully intertwining family, medical, and supernatural dramas with a sweet romantic subplot, Stein (High Dive) unleashes cosmic battles to play out among the inhabitants of smalltown Hamilton, Tenn., a setting replete with Civil War history. Narrator Miriam, a college freshman and budding journalist, responds with a persuasive blend of faith and doubt to archangel Raphael's terrifying appearance, dropping out of college after her only partly successful attempt at obeying his command to 'evacuate Tabitha before the Sabbath.' Thus launched on an unexpected path, Miriam confronts a serious illness and the growing awareness that her spiritual quest pits her against her twin, Moses, a recruit of demonic forces. Additional parallels add intriguing nuance, such as the Christian and Jewish faith perspectives offered by the twins' divorced parents. Miriam's initial interpretation of her illness as divine punishment gives way to more complex theological reflections in this riveting tale, an angel book that stands out from the chorus. Ages 12 — up. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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