Skellig by David Almond, 182 pages
young adult challenge; herding cats
Slim little book that I first read about in Shakespeare Wrote For Money, by Nick Hornby. Rather mystical, with angels and a mysterious man living in the garage. Michael, feeling left out and worried about his sick baby sister, makes a new friend, Mina, and they have great faith and trust in the creature they find in the garage. Eleven year olds are still young enough to just accept what they see, and yet old enough to deal with grown up issues too.
Not the book for you if you like traditional plots, or stories fully explained at the end, but if you believe in miracles, or have faith in the characters, and are able to just 'be' a part of the story, this one might work for you. My nine year old daughter was intrigued by the owls on the cover and is planning to read it. I'll add her thoughts if she gets through it.
where troubles melt like lemon drops