The Miracle Stealer (Paperback)

By Neil Connelly

Arthur A. Levine Books, 9780545133128, 240pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2012

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (10/1/2010)

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What does it take to stop a miracle?

Andi Grant adores her six-year-old brother Daniel, a "miracle child" who survived a fall down a mine shaft. People regularly come to him for blessings and healings -- which sometimes seem to work -- but Andi worries about their effects on her brother, especially when she finds signs of a stalker around their home. With the help of her once-and-maybe-future boyfriend Jeff, she comes up with an audacious, dramatic plan to stop the attention on Daniel forever: an "Anti-Miracle" that will unravel with the slightest examination of the facts, and cast doubt on his powers forever after.

As her plan comes together, the stalker draws closer, and the clock ticks toward Daniel's star turn at the local Paradise Days celebration, Andi finds herself wrestling with her own beliefs in God and her brother, and wondering if what she really needs is . . . a miracle.

About the Author

Neil Connelly's first YA novel, ST. MICHAEL'S SCALES, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. He teaches creative writing at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, where he lives with his wife and their two sons.

Praise For The Miracle Stealer

“The power & danger of religion receives a realistic, gutsy…examination.”– Booklist starred review

“This story is complicated, but Connelly paces it well.”–School Library Journal.

“Andi’s internal journey from faith to cynicism and back again (sort of) is handled with exceptional skill. It’s a rare and welcome portrait of a girl trying to navigate teenage angst, family dysfunction, and religious belief.” — Horn Book