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Difficult Issues Expressed through Fiction


May 13, 2015


Coming to Terms with Faith through Young Adult Fiction


  1. Confessions of a Closet Catholic by Sarah Littman
    To be more like her best friend, eleven-year-old Justine decides to give up Judaism to become Catholic, but after her beloved, religious grandmother dies, she realizes that she needs to seek her own way of being Jewish.

  2. I Believe in Water edited by Marilyn Singer
    Sometimes funny, sometimes startling--and featuring a variety of settings, cultures, and beliefs--these twelve original stories evoke dilemmas of faith and identity that are familiar to us all.

  3. Ten Things I Hate About Me by Randa Abdel-Fattah
    Lebanese-Australian Jamilah, known in school as Jamie, hides her heritage from her classmates and tries to pass by dyeing her hair blonde and wearing blue-tinted contact lenses, until her conflicted feelings become too much for her to bear.

  4. Looking for Bapu by Anjali Banerjee
    Anu's beloved grandfather Bapu moved from India to Anu's home in the Pacific Northwest when Anu was small, and Anu is devastated when Bapu dies. But when he is visited by Bapu's ghost, he knows that there must be a way to bring him back to life -- he's just not sure how. Anu enlists his friends Izzy and Unger to help him. From shaving his head to making up fortunes in the hope of becoming more holy, Anu tries everything. He even journeys to the island of the Mystery Museum. Perhaps there, Karnak the Magician will be able to help?

  5. Not Exactly Normal by Devin Brown
    A sixth-grader at St. Luke's Episcopal School sets out to have a mystical experience and learns valuable lessons about himself and the world along the way.

  6. The God Box by Alex Sanchez
    How could I choose betwen my sexuality and my spirituality, two of the most important parts that made me whole? High school senior Paul has dated Angie since middle school, and they're good together. But when Manuel transfers to their school, Paul has to rethink his life. Manuel is the first openly gay teen anyone in their small town has ever met, and yet he says he's also a committed Christian. Talking to Manuel makes Paul reconsider thoughts he has kept hidden, and listening to Manuel's interpretation of Biblical passages on homosexuality causes Paul to reevaluate everything he believed.


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