The Miracle Stealer by Neil Connelly

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The second YA novel from the author of the critically acclaimed ST. MICHAEL'S SCALES will twist you in knots with its suspenseful and shattering take on faith, hope, and miracles.

Andi Grant adores her 6-year-old brother Daniel, a "miracle child" who fell down a mine shaft and survived. People regularly come to him for blessings and healings (which sometimes seem to work), and Andi is horrified by his exploitation, esp. when she finds signs of a stalker around their home. With the help of her once-and-maybe-future boyfriend Jeff, she comes up with a plan so audacious, so dramatic, it will stop the attention on Daniel forever: an "Anti-Miracle" that will unravel with the slightest examination of the facts, and cast doubt on Daniel's powers forever after. (cont.)

About Neil Connelly

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Connelly is a professor of English at McNeese State University in Louisiana, where he conducts the fiction writing workshop in the MFA program.
Published October 1, 2010 by Arthur A. Levine Books. 243 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Three years ago, the citizens of the small town of Paradise, Penn., witnessed a miracle—or at least they chose to believe they did—when three-year-old Daniel was pulled from a collapsed well after being trapped for three days.

Oct 01 2010 | Read Full Review of The Miracle Stealer

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Big questions of faith, vocation, the power of prayer, and the possibility of miracles weave throughout this provocative and suspenseful tale, in which inexplicable occurrences in nature and interpers

Oct 18 2010 | Read Full Review of The Miracle Stealer


But, I found Andi to be so hard, so standoffish, it was not only hard to like her, it was hard to find any sympathy for her character and, therefore, it was difficult to continue reading at times.

Oct 15 2010 | Read Full Review of The Miracle Stealer

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