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Angels Watching Over Me Paperback – October 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553567241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553567243
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,678,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 8-10. Young romance is difficult at the best of times, but when you're dealing with a life-threatening illness as well as the problems that can arise from a cross-cultural relationship, it can seem downright impossible. Such are the trials facing 16-year-old Leah Lewis-Hall. Left alone right before Christmas (by her mother who has just been married for the fifth time), Leah is admitted to the hospital for treatment of a broken finger. Further tests indicate bone cancer. During her stay, she meets Ethan, a handsome Amish boy, and is drawn to him despite the difficulties she has understanding his culture. Factor in the mysterious nurse Gabriella, who may or may not be an angel, and you have a story that is an interesting blend of romance, mystery, and problem novel. The characters are captivating and sensitively drawn and the plot is fast paced. There are strong religious themes but the author avoids being preachy. A satisfying book that also provides insight into the Amish way of life.?Robyn Ryan Vandenbroek, formerly at Otterville Public School, Ontario
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Inside Flap

Happy Holidays!  Bah humbug.  "Happy" is not the way Leah Lewis-Hall would describe herself at the moment.  She's spending her twelve days of Christmas in an Indianapolis hospital, while her mother is thousands of miles away on a honeymoon with husband number five.  Leah went to the doctor with nothing more
than a broken finger, but he ordered her to undergo some tests.  Now she's stuck in the hospital, alone.  

Then Leah meets her hospital roommate, a young Amish girl named Rebekah, and her big family.  Cynical sixteen-year-old Leah has never known people like this before.  From Rebekah's handsome brother, Ethan, who can barely look Leah in the eye, to her kind older sister, Charity, the Amish family captivates Leah with its simple, loving ways.  When Leah receives frightening information about her condition, her new friends show her that miracles can happen.  And that sometimes angels appear in the most unexpected places.

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

This is one of my favorite books by Lurlene McDaniel.
Addie
This book really shows how life-altering situations can be turned around when angels touch your life.
Lydia
I have read this book a few times and each time I fall in love with it more and more.
Anna Bernyc

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book has a very touching story. When Leah goes to the hospital with a broken finger, and the doctors want to have more tests done. That's where the suspension starts. It also tells even if you look different, or believe in a different religion, ( in Rebekah, Charity, and Ethan's case) ( they are Amish) that they can still be your true friends. I would reccomend this book to anyone who likes a little bit of suspension, and miralces. Miracles with friendship and angels.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "asktqa" on September 23, 2000
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The first and the best book in the trilogy of Leah and Ethan. Sixteen-year old Leah is hospitalized with nothing more wrong with her then a broken finger. Her mother, who has never really seemed to care for her, is away on a honeymoon with her new husband, Neil. Leah feels lonely, but is kept company by the family of her Amish roomate, Rebekah. Rebekah's older brother and sister, Charity and Ethan. As this magical and touching story unfolds they begin to become good friends and Leah learns more about the Amish way of life and their belief in God and angels. Leah also becomes attracted to Ethan. Then she recieves terrifying news about her medicial condition. As Leah tries to deal with the news, her friends are always there for he. It had a wonderful ending but which seemed a little rushed. This book could definetly have done with beng a few chapters longer. But still a great read, though the rest of the trilogy is a let-down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 21, 2000
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Angles watching over me is a great book. It is a bit dull in the begining, but the middle and the endding is great.You really get to know the characters and get to love them. It is a very sad and touching story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bryanne on May 16, 2002
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I have read all three books, but am mainly going to write about the first one. These three books are about a teenage girl, Leah, who becomes friends with an Amish family. She meets the Longachre family while she is in the hospital over her winter break when little Rebekah is put in with a nasty spider bite and Leah is unsure about what is wrong with her.
The Longachres' become Leah's second family while she is hospitalized due to the fact that her mother and her mother's fifth husband are on their honeymoon in Japan. Leah falls instantly for the oldest son, Ethan, and he feels the same way for her. They both have to hide the way they fell for each other when his family is around and after little Rebekah leaves and they must write to each other.
I loved this book! It really touched me personally because I know how it is when a family member is in the hospital and how it feels to like someone when the two of you really should not like each other. The book also tells how Leah feels in every situation that she is put in from her diagnosis, which I will not give away, to her feeling for Ethan. Read all three books. They get better and better with each page!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is about an American girl named Leah, whos home alone because her mom is on a honeymoon with her fifth husband. And she ends up breaking her finger. So she goes to the hospital. And they run some tests. And they find out that she has more than just a broken finger. She has cancer. So while her parents are on a honeymoon in Indianaplois. She is in the hospital. But her roomate that is with her is Amish. Her name is Rebekah. And she has a disease. But her brother Ethan and Leah are more than just friends now. But they know that Leah is going to die anyways. But Rebekah thinks of Leah as her siser. They are together a lot. But Ethans dad doesn't like americans because he thinks they are too selfish. But at the beginning when Leah meets these people, they were friends for a really long time. but they never figured this would ever happen. And you have to read the rest for yourself! Its really good!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brcheese on January 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
When I first took this book off the shelf, I just wanted to get extra credit in class for reading a lot of extra pages. I found out soon after I had entered something more. I knew cancer was a very bad disease, before I read this book, but I after I had read this I had a whole new perspective on life. McDaniel's work is incredible and I will continue to read every one of her books, I now have another favorite author next to JRR Tolkien and Lois Lowry. My greatest thanks to author Lurlene McDaniel for such a beautiful piece that has touched so many. Unfortunately... I must critisize the approach for some of the scenes...something that was supposed to come as such as shock was so obvious to predict that it didn't have half as much impact on the reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hesser on May 1, 2001
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This book is a wonderful tale about a girl in the hospital and what she faces. This book helped me understand more about the Amish then I've ever known. I respect them more now then ever. This book is so gripping I spent a whole night reading it! I would recomend this book to everyone I know. Plus it isn't just a once a year Chirstmas time book eather. I would read it all year long if I didn't have school in the morning!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 1999
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This story was a great book about friendship, love, and no matter what your religion is if your love is strong you can get through many problems. This a great book and if you do end up reading it you'll want to read the two proceeding books,Lifted up by Angels, and Until Angels close my eyes, two great books you should also read.
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