Perfectly Chelsea by Claudia Mills

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Chelsea learns she is perfectly human

If Chelsea Garing likes anything better than school, it's church, especially when she gets the chance to shine. Unfortunately, Chelsea can't perform perfectly every time. One day, when she's serving as acolyte, her candlelighter unexpectedly goes out. Another day, when she's acting a role from the Good Samaritan story in Sunday school, annoying Danny Repetti plows into her. Why her friend Naomi Goldberg doesn't find Danny unbearable is beyond Chelsea. During fourth-grade gym, Danny makes a remark about Hanukkah that Chelsea is sure has offended Naomi -- yet it hasn't! A much more serious matter perplexes Chelsea: how can God let people die?

Chelsea Garing may not always be at her best for God or man, but she learns to accept everyone's shortcomings -- including her own -- in this thoughtful, funny portrait of a child who loves her life at church. Warm, lively drawings by Jacqueline Rogers complement the story.

 

About Claudia Mills

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Claudia Mills is the acclaimed author of many books for children and also teaches philosophy at the University of Denver. She lives in Boulder, Colorado. claudiamillsauthor.comRob Shepperson's most recent book is The Memory Bank, a collaboration with Carolyn Coman. He lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. robshepperson.com
 
Published September 17, 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 140 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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She prays to God to keep her perfect as the best acolyte, best Sunday School helper, and best good-deed-doer—but when her prayer for Mrs. Cruz doesn’t keep her from dying, she has her first fight with God.

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Mills (the Gus and Grandpa books) takes this knowing middle-grade novel into less traveled territory: Chelsea, the nine-year-old perfection-seeking protagonist, spends a lot of time at church and S

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Mills (the Gus and Grandpa books) takes this knowing middle-grade novel into less traveled territory: Chelsea, the nine-year-old perfection-seeking protagonist, spends a lot of time at church and Sunday school and thinks about religion, both her own and her best friend's, Naomi's.

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