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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 0
Themes: faith, sisters, paternity, disability
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Apr/2011
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Sixteen-year-old Ani lives in the tiny Quebec town of Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre, where her family runs Saintly Souvenirs, a tourist shop catering to the many pilgrims who come to the town seeking a miracle. The bane of Ani’s existence is her hyperactive, over-sexed younger sister, Colette. Ani and her mother, Therese, are devout Catholics; Colette and her father are not. When Therese is paralyzed after a freak accident, Ani’s faith is tested, but when she is confronted with something shocking in her mother’s past, she has to rethink her whole existence.

Amy's Marathon of Books blog - February 1, 2014
"Dealing with themes of religion, faith, miracles, and family, Miracleville is a thoughtful book for mid teen readers who are looking for a deeper read."
Canadian Literature - September 1, 2012
"Miracleville's use of Ani's voice, present tense, and frequent dialogue propels the plot, and allows for identification with this girl's quest for identity...The tone is brisk, often comical and straightforward, yet there is a keen sense of observation in the precise detail."
Washington State Young Adult Review Group - December 1, 2011
"There were shocking events and heart-wrenching scenes, all leading to a realistic and fitting ending...The characters were believable and the plot kept me turning the pages."

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TriState YA Review Group Book of Note  | 2012 | Commended
CCBC Best Books  | 2012 | Commended

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