Leap of Faith

Leap of Faith

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by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
     
 

Abigail is starting a new middle school, a Catholic school, because she's been expelled from her old one. She's sure that this place will be just the same as the last, and no one will listen to her here either. Even her parents don't seem able to really hear the truth about what happened at the previous school. But now she finds herself in a community of people who

Overview

Abigail is starting a new middle school, a Catholic school, because she's been expelled from her old one. She's sure that this place will be just the same as the last, and no one will listen to her here either. Even her parents don't seem able to really hear the truth about what happened at the previous school. But now she finds herself in a community of people who do listen, who want to be her friends, and who help her discover a talent for theater that she never knew she had. Converting to Catholicism began merely as a way to annoy her parents, but quickly it becomes more. Could she be developing real faith?

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley masterfully tells the tale of Abigail's spiritual journey and the faith that comes to those who need it.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Karen Sykeny
When Abigail (Abby) is expelled from her public school for stabbing a boy in the arm, no adults bother to discover her motivation. It was in self defense after two years of sexual harassment from the boy. She receives no help from her career-minded parents, teachers, or principal of the private Catholic school where she is enrolled. She takes drama as an elective and begins to find a place to belong with two new friends, Jenna and Chris. Taking religion class makes her question much about her life, her parents, and the incident. Her newfound and burgeoning faith has her asking lots of questions about God and his relationship with her and getting advice from Father Micah and Mrs. Brashares, Chris's mother. She decides to study for conversion to Catholicism to make her parents angry enough to pay attention to her. This story, with its discussions of the Catholic faith, is refreshing, especially because so much inspirational fiction for teens focuses on Protestant belief. Its discussion of faith through a Catholic focus is not intimidating or overbearing. Abby's relationship building and finding reconciliation and forgiveness with her past is heartwarming. This novel gives young readers an engaging story with a strong lead female character. It shows readers how tough middle school life and early teenage years can be socially and how strained relationships with parents can be devastating but that they can be improved. This book is definitely recommended for purchase in public libraries and is an essential addition to inspirational fiction collections.
Kirkus Reviews
Expelled from public school and forced to attend parochial school, a skeptical pre-teen finds friendship as well as faith. Sixth-grader Abby had always been a good girl with no track record for trouble until she stabs classmate Brett McAvery in the school lunchroom with a smuggled knife. Abby had warned everyone, including her clueless parents, that the popular Brett was sexually harassing her, but no one believed her. After "the accident," Abby's detached, workaholic parents enroll her in St. Catherine's Catholic School. Angry with her parents for not trusting her, Abby selects drama as her elective to spite them, but is surprised when she discovers she has acting talent. Just to spite them, she tells her agnostic parents she's converting to Catholicism, but finds she doesn't mind the required religion classes and services. As her baptism and confirmation approach, however, Abby must confront her lack of faith and learn how to forgive. Abby's gradual transformation from religious non-believer into one willing to take a "leap of faith" proves credible and compelling in this sensitively drawn drama of individual free will. (Fiction. 10-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803731271
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
07/05/2007
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Kimberly Brubaker Bradleylives on a forty-two-acre farm inBristol, Tennessee.

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Leap of Faith 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ang35 More than 1 year ago
I love this book! It is a combination of humor and christian fiction, which is a great mix. The characters are thuroughly explained and have very distinct personallities. I also like that this book would intrist many people. Any Christian, Cathecumen, Catholic, one who attends Catholic school,and or one intrested in the performing arts (Specifically acting) all could relate to this book.it is trully great for entertainment as well as learning simple beliefs of Catholicism which indeed are accurate! I have read this book four times and deffinately will read many more times for more laughs as well as knowledge. I guarentee you will enjoy this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Abby Lorenzo was kicked out of a public middle school for stabbing the principal¿s son in the arm, but no one would listen to her explain about why she did it. Abby has to make a choice. She can either be home schooled or go to a private school. To her parents, the decision is pretty clear: she is going to St. Catherine¿s, a Catholic private school. Abby¿s parents doesn¿t want her to become any more religious than need be, they just don¿t want her to get in trouble any more. While she is there, she meets some friendly people who teach her the Catholic faith, and Abby decides to become a Catholic because maybe it will make her parents angry and she will get more attention. Trying to believe with all of her might, Abby, unexpectedly, takes a giant leap in faith.

Even though some of the religious facts brought up in Leap of Faith were not explained correctly, it was still a nice book. I really liked Abby and her personality. Author Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, by the looks of it, tried very hard to send the right message through this book. Not totally unsuccessful, the book still gave the wrong message. It¿s through God¿s grace and mercy that we have been saved, not by our own works or ways. Forgiveness was a big part in this book. The way it was explained wasn¿t completely true but Abby took it the way I would have wanted her to. I wouldn¿t recommend this book, for it puts the wrong ideas into people¿s heads. But if you know that what you are reading isn¿t true, go ahead and read it, just for the story¿s sake, not the ¿lessons¿.