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The summer of 1968, A.J. Degulio is turning ten years old . . . not quite sure she likes being ten, but having no choice in the matter, she spends her summer at Indian Lake, Idaho, where her dad is the park ranger . . . a large Italian Catholic family . . . quirky, funny, and close, they will crack you up with their antics . . . told in the BEST fake southern accent from A.J.'s (Angelina Juliana) perspective . . . and what a simple, but wise perspective it is . . . her mama, Sophia, relishes in pretending to be THE Sophia (Loren) and regularly goes into town impersonating the actress . . . her daddy, Sonny, keeps them all laughing . . . with four siblings, A.J. has her work cut out for her, especially with her older sister, Adriana falling in love with one boy after the other, and having no time whatsoever for A.J.'s antics . . . and in the middle of their idyllic summer, the Morgan family comes to the lake . . . A.J. meets Danny and they become fast friends . . . sharing all their thoughts, and their faith . . . and in the midst of a terrible family crisis, A.J. and Danny find solace in the God of all creation . . . not the Baptist or Catholic God, but THE ALPHA AND OMEGA, the beginning and the end, the Comforter . . . it is so amazing how children can cut through the legalism, the junk that us adults cling to and allow to divide us . . . A.J.'s conversation with Danny's father . . . well, it was exactly what all us Christians are called to do, but seldom do . . . this book is amazingly simple, yet it reaches the depths of one's heart in ways that are almost unfathomable . . . not just a book for youth . . . maybe especially a book for us older folks who THINK we've got it figured out . . . BRAVO, Renee Riva!
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I have read this book 3 times, once aloud to my family. I was hesitant to have someone else read it, but Sylvia did a great job and really made it come alive. This will always be a favorite!