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I took hold of her hands, their bones tiny and birdlike, squeezed them gently. I felt like shaking them, shaking her into the panic I was feeling." Virginia, I don't understand." Fourteen-year-old Ivy is flabbergasted when her childhood friend Virginia claims that she has been visited by an angel who has asked her to bear the child of God. As Ivy struggles to understand and help her friend, she uncovers more secrets, including an apocalyptic plot being devised by Virginia's weird brother, Paul. Ivy suspects Paul's activities must connect in some way to Virginia's claim but she's uncertain how. Soon Ivy finds herself caught up in a chain of events she has no control over.
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Susan Hughes an award-winning author, whose books for children include Case Closed?, No Girls Allowed, Earth to Audrey and Virginia. She has loved horses since she was a child and has long dreamed of setting a story on Sable Island. Susan lives in Toronto, Ontario.From School Library Journal:
Grade 8–10—Fourteen-year-old Virginia is convinced that she's been visited by an angel and has been chosen to bear God's child. She shares her momentous news with Ivy, a childhood friend, whom she enlists to bear witness to this miracle. Ivy is concerned about Virginia, and begins to feel uneasy around her friend's strange family, who seem to be conspiring to keep the girls apart. Through italicized flashbacks, readers discover that Virginia's charismatic older brother, once a devout Catholic, is now head of an extremist church bent on violence to hasten the "End Days." The story begins slowly and plods along in sections, though it builds to a fairly suspenseful climax. Unfortunately the writing, particularly the dialogue, is pedestrian and often drawn out. Perhaps most annoying is the constant mention of all things avian. Near the beginning of the novel, a childhood rhyme about crows is related, "One is for bad news, two is for mirth, three is a wedding, four is a birth..." and on through 12. Every few pages Ivy sees or hears blackbirds that foreshadow the action. While it may be an interesting premise, the story gets weighed down and fails to take flight.—Patricia N. McClune, Conestoga Valley High School, Lancaster, PA
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