Caleb is thirteen and is agoraphobic. He hasn't left the house in seven years, ever since his sister died. But then he sees a note and he ventures out. That begins an adventure for Caleb where faith will triumph over fear.
This is a well written tale of friendship. Caleb experiences the healing human friendship of Iris and the Rowes and the mysterious healing friendship of Emily Dickinson.
When Caleb is convinced he is “sick in the head,” Mr. Rowe encourages him, “We're all sick in the head, broken each and every one of us. … Listen to me son, we're all broken on this side of heaven. But that don't matter much. Because we can still make beautiful things from the pieces.” (202) That is a lesson we can all benefit from.
This is a very good book for young teens who might be held captive by fear. It is an encouragement to see Caleb grow. It would be best appreciated, perhaps, by teens who are familiar with the writings of Emily Dickinson or at least enjoy poetry.
This youth novel recently won an honorable mention at the London Book Festival and was nominated for a 2014 Epic Award.
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Alex Marestaing has worked on writing projects for The Walt Disney Company, Lego, Thomas Nelson, and The Los Angeles Times, as well as freelance for a number of faith based publications. This is his third novel. You can learn more about him at www.alexmarestaingbooks.com.
My Miliou Press, 222 pages.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Litfuse for the purpose of an independent and honest review.