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Children's LiteratureIn a small Pennsylvania town during World War I, orphan Andy Gilbert works as a telegraph delivery boy. He is lonely and dislikes his job because he must deliver news of community members who have died. Members of the town avoid him because they feel he is a bad omen. His sorrow seems inescapable until he meets Estella Nelson, a widower and devout Christian. Despite Andy's initial uneasiness the two forge a great friendship. The end is uplifting and emotional. Through her moving words, Estella shows the church community how they have ostracized the innocent boy, and on Christmas night they go to his house to apologize. Tracie Peterson is a religious writer and this book is heavily Christian. It deals with the characters' grief and their salvation through God more than it does with historical facts. If you are looking for information about the First World War then I recommend seeking it elsewhere. 2003, Bethany House, Ages 13 to 15.