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Leap of Faith by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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Abby's hasty enrollment in a private Catholic school comes shortly after she's expelled from her public school for assault. While the story's plot slowly teases out the details of that expulsion, readers follow Abby through her 6th grade year as she discovers Catholicism, acting, and her own true voice. ( )
  lillibrary | Sep 24, 2016 |
This is a powerful story of faith and neglect. It's a good reminder that not all children who suffer from neglect are poor. Many are quite wealthy and seem, on the surface at least, to have perfect lives. Sadly, that is often far from the truth. ( )
  EmilyRokicki | Feb 26, 2016 |
Gr 6-8-Only days into sixth grade, quiet, studious Abby is expelled from school for pulling a pocketknife on a classmate who has been sexually harassing her for a year. Her friends, teachers, and parents will not believe that popular Brett McAvery would do such a thing, and the fact that his father is the principal does not help Abby's case. Her parents, workaholics who cannot fathom the idea of homeschooling Abby, enroll her in a private Catholic school, although they are devout nonbelievers. Abby is filled with anger at their lack of involvement and support and resolves to convert to Catholicism in an effort to irritate them. While her initial decision is impulsive and provocative, she finds that she is drawn to Christianity's comfort almost in spite of herself, and she ends up taking her studies much more seriously than she had anticipated. As she delves into the traditions and beliefs of the Church, Abby finds that forgiveness of the people who have wronged her is the most difficult barrier to overcome. Bradley does not pull back from the questions and confusion that adolescents face when it comes to religion, and packs a lot of power into this slim novel. There are no pat answers, and the tension between Abby's doubts and her desire to believe in a higher power will resonate with many readers.-Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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  KimJD | Apr 8, 2013 |
Abby Lorenzo was kicked out of a public middle school for stabbing the principal’s son in the arm, but no one would listen to her explain about why she did it. Abby has to make a choice. She can either be home schooled or go to a private school. To her parents, the decision is pretty clear: she is going to St. Catherine’s, a Catholic private school. Abby’s parents doesn’t want her to become any more religious than need be, they just don’t want her to get in trouble any more. While she is there, she meets some friendly people who teach her the Catholic faith, and Abby decides to become a Catholic because maybe it will make her parents angry and she will get more attention. Trying to believe with all of her might, Abby, unexpectedly, takes a giant leap in faith.

Even though some of the religious facts brought up in Leap of Faith were not explained correctly, it was still a nice book. I really liked Abby and her personality. Author Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, by the looks of it, tried very hard to send the right message through this book. Not totally unsuccessful, the book still gave the wrong message. It’s through God’s grace and mercy that we have been saved, not by our own works or ways. Forgiveness was a big part in this book. The way it was explained wasn’t completely true but Abby took it the way I would have wanted her to. I wouldn’t recommend this book, for it puts the wrong ideas into people’s heads. But if you know that what you are reading isn’t true, go ahead and read it, just for the story’s sake, not the “lessons”. ( )
  GirlwiththeBraids | Dec 18, 2008 |
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Abigail is starting a new middle school, a Catholic school, because she?s been expelled from her old one. She?s sure that this place will be just the same as the last, and no one will listen to her here either. Even her parents don?t seem able to really hear the truth about what happened at the previous school. But now she finds herself in a community of people who do listen, who want to be her friends, and who help her discover a talent for theater that she never knew she had. Converting to Catholicism began merely as a way to annoy her parents, but quickly it becomes more. Could she be developing real faith?

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley masterfully tells the tale of Abigail?s spiritual journey and the faith that comes to those who need it.

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Forced to attend a Catholic middle school because of her conduct, Abigail discovers a talent for theater and develops a true religious faith.

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