The Question Of Miracles by Elana K. ArnoldThe Question Of Miracles by Elana K. Arnold

The Question Of Miracles

byElana K. Arnold

Paperback | March 8, 2016

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A poignant exploration of life and death, the unfairness of loss, and the miracles that surround us.Sixth-grader Iris Abernathy hates life in Corvallis, Oregon, where her family just moved. It's always raining, and everything is so wet . Besides, nothing has felt right since Iris's best friend, Sarah, died. When Iris meets Boris, an awkward mouth-breather with a know-it-all personality, she's not looking to make a new friend, but it beats eating lunch alone. Then she learns that Boris's very existence is a medical mystery, maybe even a miracle, and Iris starts to wonder why some people get miracles and others don't. And if one miracle is possible, can another one be too? Can she possibly communicate with Sarah again?
ELANA K. ARNOLD completed her M.A. in Creative Writing/Fiction at the University of California, Davis. She grew up in Southern California, where she was lucky enough to have a family who let her read as many books as she wanted. She is the author of several young adult novels as well as the middle-grade novels The Question of Miracl...
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Title:The Question Of MiraclesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.68 inPublished:March 8, 2016Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0544668529

ISBN - 13:9780544668522

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Story About Difficult Subject What I Liked About This Story First – Not enough authors deal with the topic of death for a younger audience, so I’m always happy to know a title exists that may someday help a young person explore and survive the murky waters of mortality. Second – Of the many religions and faiths out there, Catholicism seems to be at once very popular and highly criticized. Arnold could’ve appeased everyone by looking at death through all religious levels, but I’m glad she stuck with one. Also, she handles the challenge of questioning a religion with respect and honesty. Through Iris questions, kids of all religious backgrounds can also think critically about the topic of death and miracles. Third – I like that Iris and Boris won’t necessarily fall in love if a sequel is planned. Yes, this is an MG novel, but I’m still glad that it’s okay for a girl and a boy to be “just friends”. In fact, I really like the honesty between the pair. It kind of reminds me of the flashbacks of Doctor Who’s Amy and Rory Williams as children. Simple and sweet. Fourth – It was great to read about Iris’ frustration with other people, especially the adults around her, who keep trying to get her to share her thoughts and feelings about Sarah. Adults forget too often that silence can be just as precious as communication, and that not talking about something doesn’t mean you need help. Arnold’s decision to showcase this situation was spot on for me. What Could’ve Been Better First – The ending left me wanting. It wasn’t necessarily bad, but it did feel anti-climactic. I think I was just expecting … more … Second – I read the ARC version of this book, so I’m not sure what the final copy looks like. I think images really add to a story, and with so many wonderful and different things we are introduced to, it would be great to see them in the chapters. I want to know what Magic cards, Charles, Iris’ dad’s veggie garden, the incubator, and the homestead look like. If you’ve ever wondered how other kids view death and miracles, you might like this book! It’s definitely a title to keep in mind.
Date published: 2015-03-13

Editorial Reviews

* It is her realistic relationship with the matter-of-fact Boris, a most unlikely miracle, that will catch readers, and help pull them toward seeking answers of their own for the story's very large questions." - Booklist, starred review "Just as Iris finally embraces the rain, spinning round and round, readers, too, will recognize the circular patterns of love and loss, joy and grief, life and death. A quiet, affecting journey rendered with keen insight." -Kirkus "This is a realistic view of grief, with particular emphasis on the agonizing longing to know if a lost loved one is truly out there somewhere. Iris's stay-at-home dad fills the story with great flavors and textures - from the baby chicks he hatches to his homemade bread, giving the story a cozy touch despite Iris's impossible quest for answers." -School Library Journal * "Arnold's heroine confronts her emotions honestly (even when she's putting on a brave face to mask what she really thinks or feels), and her slow, difficult journey to understand the absence left in Sarah's wake unfolds with heartbreaking believability." - Publishers Weekly, starred review "Iris' grief for Sarah is unusually well captured, touching on the huge importance of the best friend relationship and the amputation felt after such a loss. This is therefore a tender yet smart story that will resonate with readers who work through their emotions by brain as well as heart." -Bulletin * "In a third-person narrative that remains fully in Iris's range of understanding, Arnold explores the range of sorrow, anger and grief Iris undergoes? Her gentle explorations of faith, doubt and making a friend while still keeping Sarah close leave a powerful impression." -Shelf Awareness, starred review "