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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Series: Mercy Trilogy
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (October 12, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553571451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553571455
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 4.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,716,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 7-11-Heather Barlow, 18, is excited and nervous as the Anastasis, a hospital Mercy Ship leaves port. She knows that the months ahead will be unlike anything she has ever experienced. Volunteering with a mission group in Africa for several months is her attempt to make a difference in the world. What she doesn't anticipate is falling in love with Ian McCollum, an attractive medical intern and seminary student. In Uganda, Heather sees disease, death, and destruction ravaging the thousands who look to her team for help. Then Ian leaves to rescue a baby in Sudan, his plane goes down, and she must deal with his death and complete the rescue mission. The plot develops slowly but carefully, as do the characters. The author uses personal experiences to give a solid background and flavor to the story. While the book has a decidedly Christian slant, most readers will be caught up in the passion and sorrow of Heather's missionary experiences.
Jana R. Fine, Clearwater Public Library System, FL
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

When Heather Barlow decides to board a hospital mercy ship to Africa after high school, she is filled with idealism and the desire to make a difference in the world. She's unprepared for what she discovers in Uganda--the disease, the famine, the misery. She meets Ian McCollum, a boy from Scotland, who is handsome, charming, deeply religious, and committed to helping others. It isn't long before the two fall in love. When Ian decides to take a dangerous excursion into a Sudanese refugee camp to rescue a dying baby, readers will know there's tear-jerking tragedy in store. The writing is sentimental, and Heather's learned self-reliance is not convincing. Still, there's a huge audience for McDaniel's romance fiction, and this one has all the features her readers look for. Who knows, maybe teens will even be inspired to find out more about mercy ships. Shelley Townsend-Hudson

More About the Author

I was born in Philadelphia PA, grew up (mostly) in Hialeah FL, graduated from the University of South Florida, Tampa FL (go Bulls!) and currently live in Chattanooga TN---I'm an American citizen by birth, and Southern by the grace of God.

I have a brother, three years younger, married, and mathematically gifted. I am totally without math skills.

The books I write, the topics and subject matter, grew out of my firstborn son's diagnosis of diabetes at age 3.
Infinite reward that comes to me from my work.... when a grown reader lets me know that reading my books inspired her to seek a profession that helps others. I have wonderful letters saying, "Today I graduated from nursing/medical school."

Now that's a gift of joy!

Official Lurlene McDaniel Website
http://www.lurlenemcdaniel.com

Customer Reviews

It was one of Lurlene McDaniels best books.
Jennifer
It's a very touching story and written well so that you identify with her and feel what she feels.
Angelbehrends
I think that the best thing about the book is that it had a real meaning to it.
MB

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Heesun L on February 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Heesun L. C/D Book Report on Angel of Mercy
I think that Angel of Mercy, is one if the best books Lurlene McDaniel has written. I have read many of her works and I loved most of them. This is a fiction book about a girl named Heather Barlow and how she goes to Africa to help the people there who are not as fortunate as she is. She just finished high school and now she wants to make herself useful and wants to make a difference in the world. While she is on her trip to Africa, she meets a guy named Ian McCollum who has already been on these types of trips. All her group members who are going to Africa with her have a different reason for going to aid those is need than she does. Heather is exposed to all the horrible things about sickness and poverty and she can¡¯t believe that while other lucky people live in happiness and in good health, others are dying and starving. During Heather¡¯s stay in Africa, Ian and Heather fall in love and plan to keep in touch when they have to part. Then, a terrible tragedy occurs and Heather finally realizes her purpose. She takes on a dangerous mission to go and save a young baby who is dying in Sudan. This book was written in 3rd person, which I think was a good idea so that the author could show the minds of more characters. There were two main conflicts in this book, which were person vs. herself and person vs. Fate (God). Heather struggles throughout the book about her reason for helping people and tries to relate to the others and why they came. Later on in the book, Heather is battling with an uncontrollable problem that concerns Ian. If I could rate this book from 1-10, 10 being the best, I would give this book a 9.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay on February 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I got this book as a Christmas gift and I started reading it the second I got it. It took me an hour to finish! I was so involved in the book...I felt like I was on the cruise ship going through everything the characters were going through. I even cried at the end (I won't give the ending away though...but the ending is a tear jerker) I would recommend this book to anybody!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I love her books I have all but 5 and I plan to get them soon.It was really touching when Heather risked her like in order to help a baby.But this story is also sad! And it makes you think how lucky we are.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on October 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
It was one of Lurlene McDaniels best books. I totally think that anyone who likes her books should read this one. It was very different from her other books, so it made extra special. It was about someone sick with a terrible diseaese, but someone helping the sick and poor of Uganda, Africa.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I have mixed emotions about this book becasue part of me liked it and part of me didn't like it. Part of me liked it becuase the author made Ian and Heather seem like real people. The author made them seem real because she made real things happen like in real life. For an example the way they hid their feelings about their love for each other.Another way they seemed like real people was becuase they went to Africa to heel the sick and this is a major problem around the world today that we need to fix. Although I thought it was a good book, but part of me didn't like it becasue it needed more suspense. If the book would have had more thrill to it I think I would have gotten more into the book and enjoyed reading it. Even thought it was not the best book I have ever read I still would recommened it to others to read. The reason I would recommened this to others is because it is a persons opion on the kind of books they like to read. People who like sad books this is the book to read !!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
well i have read many of Lurlene's books and they were all good but this one is one of the best yet she really knows how to capture the feeling that she is creating for the readersand this one made me cry like only a few good books have and they were all her books, such as Don't Die, My Love(that was the first one i ever read) and Angels Watching Over Me and the two companion novels that follow that and i can't wait until the companion to this book comes out!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ape on October 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is the best book I have read in a while. I Love Lurlene McDaniel books. However, Don't Die My Love, is by far my favorite. This is as good as Don't Die My Love. Anyone who has not read either book should really consider reading both of these books, as well as the Sequal to Angel of Mercy (Angel of Hope).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MB on May 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The book Angel of Mercy by Lurlene McDaniel is about a girl whose parents are doctors. Throughout her whole life they have told her about their experiences in the peace corp. Now that she is eighteen, she decides that it is her turn to do something. She hears about a ship called the Mercy ship. It travels to east Africa and helps people in the country of Uganda. She decides to go on the ship to help other people. She will miss her first semester of college and will have to leave everything back in Florida. She boards a plane that will take her to London, where the ship leaves. When she arrives in London she has no idea what lies ahead of her. She doesn't realize all of the problems that people in Uganda have. As she boards the ship, she meets a nice guy from Scotland. He has been on the ship once before and loves Uganda. It takes two months to get to Uganda and in that time Heather, the girl, and Ian, the guy, become great friends. Many struggles on the ship make them grow closer together, and they eventually become lovers. Throughout the trip, Ian has been telling Heather how bad it really is. She has no idea what it's going to be like. They dock in a port that is close to Uganda. From there they board buses and take a two hour trip a city in central Uganda. They travel from city to city helping the people from Uganda. Some people have traveled for months just to see them. Heather is overwhelmed by all of the people and their problems. One night she tells herself that she can be stronger and from then on she is really helpful and is enjoying herself a lot. One day, she is on her lunch break when a mother brings her baby over to the fence. She is pleading with Heather to take her baby because it is really sick.Read more ›
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