When We Were Saints by Han Nolan

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Archibald Caswell could never please his domineering granddaddy Silas. Now with Granddaddy gone, Archie finds himself lost, confused, and wondering what his grandfather could have possibly meant by his dying words: "Young man, you are a saint!"

Clare Simpson knows exactly what Silas meant. She convinces Archie to dedicate his life to God, give up his possessions, steal his granddaddy's truck, and head north to the Cloisters in New York, where she and Archie secretly live after museum hours. For Clare the journey is a return to the only place where she has felt happy and loved. For Archie, the pilgrimage leads him to a closer relationship with God--and a burning desire for home.

Includes a reader's guide and an interview with the author.

About Han Nolan

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HAN NOLAN is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, including the National Book Award winner Dancing on the Edge. She lives in New England.
Published March 1, 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 315 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Religion & Spirituality, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Things come to a head when Clare convinces him to drive her to New York, where she intends to take up residence—with him—in the Cloisters, a move that causes Archie to see both his own faith and Clare’s imbalance clearly.

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On his deathbed, Archie's grandfather (known as a prophet) makes a proclamation, pointing at Archie and saying, "Young man, you are a saint!"

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