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The Miracle Stealer book. Author Neil Connelly has written a deeply thought provoking novel. Andi is a sister riddled with guilt.

The Miracle Stealer book. Andi’s little brother is buried alive in a tragic accident.

The Miracle Stealer is a great read. Author Neil Connelly takes readers on a journey with Andi as she struggles to decide if she has faith or if fate depends on her actions alone. It's a book about faith and what happens when you lose it, and also what happens when desperate people have too much. It's a book about love, and also the seemingly overwhelming power of guilt. This is a book that takes an unflinching look at our beliefs and concludes that "maybe" is okay. It is a struggle many face, often more than once in life. Connelly's story will speak to many and perhaps answer the question for some.

Patiently, methodically, he lumbered in the general direction of the Skylark’s burning corpse, entering the fire’s flicker with his massive head lifted high, nose up.

Seated on the rocks, I looked up at Daniel standing beside me. His face was smothered in the false blood, and right away I wondered what it would smell like to a blind and hungry bear. Daniel, I whispered quick, we got to get into the lake.

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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.

Neil Connelly directed the MFA in Creative Writing at McNeese State University before returning to his home state of Pennsylvania, where he lives with his . Scholastic In. 2010.

Neil Connelly directed the MFA in Creative Writing at McNeese State University before returning to his home state of Pennsylvania, where he lives with his wife and their two sons. Currently he teaches writing at Shippensburg University. His short stories have been published widely.

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A baby named Miracle is born, and news of the birth spreads across the country, attracting pilgrims seeking Daniel's intercession to Paradise

A baby named Miracle is born, and news of the birth spreads across the country, attracting pilgrims seeking Daniel's intercession to Paradise. At this story's core is Daniel's teenage sister, Andi, the clear-voiced narrator who is determined to protect Daniel from the pilgrims' fanaticism, and those in the town hoping to benefit from his fame. Can religious fervor spur economic development? And should it? 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. MICHAEL'S SCALES will twist you in knots with its suspenseful and shattering take on faith

Andi Grant adores her six-year-old brother, Daniel, a "miracle child" who survived a fall down a mine shaft. People regularly come to him for blessings and healings - which often seem to work - but Andi worries about their effects on her brother, especially when she finds signs of a stalker around their home.

What does it take to stop a miracle?Andi Grant adores her six-year-old brother Daniel, a "miracle child" who survived a fall down a mine shaft. People regularly come to him for blessings and healings -- which sometimes seem to work -- but Andi worries about their effects on her brother, especially 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 an audacious, dramatic plan to stop the attention on Daniel forever: an "Anti-Miracle" that will unravel with the slightest examination of the facts, and cast doubt on his powers forever after. As her plan comes together, the stalker draws closer, and the clock ticks toward Daniel's star turn at the local Paradise Days celebration, Andi finds herself wrestling with her own beliefs in God and her brother, and wondering if what she really needs is . . . a miracle.

Comments: (4)

Whiteseeker
Neil Connelly has done it again - another beautiful novel about the complicated issues of faith, love, family, and pain. Anderson's voice compels you forward, and her honest search to "save" her brother brings you, and her, right up to the limits of heartbreak and the endlessness of redemption. Only a "children's" book can address these issues with such honesty, complexity, and grace. Read this book, share it with the young people in your life, with anyone who needs the hope of a complex faith in a complex world.
Dorilune
The Miracle Stealer is a great read. It's a book about faith and what happens when you lose it, and also what happens when desperate people have too much. It's a book about love, and also the seemingly overwhelming power of guilt. This is a book that takes an unflinching look at our beliefs and concludes that "maybe" is okay. It gives a reminder that we don't live in a world of absolutes and sometimes the belief in possibility is all you need. The author handles all this with incredible skill without ever becoming heavy handed. He hooks the reader in and delicately lays out the story of Andi and her little brother Daniel in bits and pieces, gradually drawing to a conclusion that is powerful and inspiring.

At first I didn't find Andi that engaging; her love for her brother was obvious from the first, but I did not understand why she was so angry and why she had put her entire life on hold to look after him. It was the process of discovering Andi's story that brought me closer to her. The author has created a character so fully realized it didn't take long before I was fully feeling her pain and her rage. In a book about a six year old miracle worker, it's big sister that commands your attention and screams out to be heard.

This is a book that will be easy to recommend to anyone seventh grade and up. The author packs quite a bit into this slim volume, and I hope that many adults will discover this book as it has quite a bit to appeal to readers long past their YA years. Be warned, the author's portrayal of Andi's loss of faith is brutally honest and sometimes painful to read. There is inspiration and hope to be found amongst these pages, and even though I am not one to re-read books, I think I will be picking this one up again. Impeccable plotting, fast pacing, vivid characters and emotional depth all combine to make this book a truly stunning achievement. Recommended.
Kit
It all started when little Daniel disappeared. Anderson (Andi) and her friend, Jeff, were told they had to take Danny with them on their walk. They hiked through the woods to the fairy fort. The two teens only took their eyes off him for a minute. Danny was gone.

A frantic search followed, only to discover Danny had fallen some twenty feet down into an abandoned well. The rescue effort that followed lasted three days. Most of the volunteers and townspeople thought little Danny would not survive, but somehow the heartfelt prayers of the faithful worked a miracle and the little boy was rescued and simply treated for cuts and bruises.

After Danny's rescue, strange things began to happen in and around the town of Paradise, Pennsylvania. Danny's miraculous survival seemed to be contagious. Many believers began to credit him with healing the sick, communicating with the lost, and even bringing the fish back to the local lake. He had become the "Miracle Boy."

The problem was that Danny was now several years older, and when he was called upon to "pray" for some miracle cure or recovery, his older sister, Andi, worried that he didn't truly have any special powers. What if one day his prayers weren't answered? Would he understand or would he take the failure to heart and shoulder unbearable guilt? Why wouldn't people just leave him alone?

Andi has seen enough. Her mother seems to want to exploit Danny and his miracle cures. Andi blames her mother for driving away her father. Anger as well as fear for her brother's safety is driving Andi to devise a cunning and dangerous plan to convince Danny's followers that he is just a normal little boy. Will she succeed before well-meaning locals and nutcases coming from near and far manage to ruin the life of her innocent little brother?

THE MIRACLE STEALER is the story of faith. Is faith something that can be proven with facts, or is it the feeling that what happens is controlled by a higher authority? Author Neil Connelly takes readers on a journey with Andi as she struggles to decide if she has faith or if fate depends on her actions alone. It is a struggle many face, often more than once in life. Connelly's story will speak to many and perhaps answer the question for some.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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The Miracle Stealer download epub
Literature & Fiction
Author: Neil Connelly
ISBN: 0545133122
Category: Teen & Young Adult
Subcategory: Literature & Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books; Reprint edition (December 1, 2012)
Pages: 240 pages