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Vanessa the Wonder-worker (The Every Tuesday Club) (Volume 2) Paperback – February 16, 2017
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In the story, Vanessa’s older brother is having a crisis of faith. Vanessa feels that she has to help, somehow. But her brother doesn’t want help. In fact, he wants to prove to his little sister that smart people don’t believe in God. So they make a bet. By Ascension Day, either he will prove to her that miracles don’t happen, or she will prove to him that they do. And how will she do that? She turns to her priest and to Abigail and the other girls in the Every Tuesday Girl’s Club. Between them, they’ll find a way.
There’s a lot to love in this book. The characters are well developed, rich and deep. Vanessa and her friends and family aren’t perfect. They have real strengths, and real flaws. Their choices range from stunningly generous to morally dubious. That makes them more interesting characters, and it makes the story stronger.
The plot deals with attitudes toward poverty, homelessness, and mental illness. It shows many of the ways these issues can be understood (and misunderstood) in a parish community.
Prayer, miracles, saints, and worship are all integral to the story. They aren't lessons tacked on to the story to teach a lesson; they're part of the ordinary lives and actions of the characters. As a result, while the characters are people of faith, the story is not preachy or didactic. It will, I think, be especially appreciated by Orthodox Christian kids and their families, who rarely see people like themselves in books. But the story and characters are strong, and I think readers of all faiths (or none) will enjoy it.
Vanessa the Wonder-worker truly turns all the tropes on their heads. There's a club, but one that deals with serious issues I see affecting families in real life, like. There's a saintly homeless woman--who leads into a very real discussion on how people are unfairly institutionalized, and how the closing of mental institutions put people on the streets. A girl is mocked by her atheist classmates... and then is readily called out by her friends for snottily telling the classmates that she'll pray for them.
The plot, in a nutshell, without spoilers: Vanessa's college-age brother has lost his faith, and lets her see, through his actions, that he wishes he could find it again. He bets her that she can't prove that miracles are real, and more--that he can prove they're not. Meanwhile, the girls prepare for a big inter-denominational singing festival that takes place at her brother's workplace, a former mental institution.
I'm a grown woman, avid reader, and a mother of two, and I loved reading this story. I honestly wouldn't set an age limit on it either way--it could stretch from later elementary school to high school. Vanessa covers so many very important topics, like not using your Christianity as an excuse to be mean, the root causes of homelessness, pride vs. humility, and how one can yearn to believe even after losing one's faith. It's so important to teach our children that our faith means we live in a world full of imperfect people just like us, and this book truly reflects that--ultimately, it's about learning to find your way back after you've made a mistake.
(Orthodoxy-wise---the kids go to a small parish that I'd assume to be OCA, but the author is very careful to not code it either way, so that any child can see their parish in the story--some parishioners are American, some are immigrants, some women wear skirts or headcoverings, some wear pants, and so on. The girls and their families work together to support the parish and go to their clergy for guidance. It was really nice to see this part of our life reflected in a story!)
I received an advance copy of this book to review--and then loved it so much that I immediately bought the first in the series. Now I'm impatiently waiting for more! Feel free to ask me any questions!