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    Circle of Secrets (EBK)

    Circle of Secrets (EBK)

    by Kimberley Griffiths Little

    Hauntingly powerful, with beautiful prose, this tale of grief, forgiveness, and love set deep in the bayou will capture the hearts of many.

    Shelby has a pain in her heart so bad that all she knows to do about it is chew that hard spot in her mouth until it bleeds. That spot's been there since her mama, Mirage, left, and that's been one whole year. Now her daddy has to take a job overseas, and her grandmother is in the hospital. That means Shelby has to go live with Mirage till after Christmas, and she's mad, real mad. Why would she want to live with a mama who didn't want to be with her?

    Shelby's grandmother says Mirage is a swamp witch, but Mirage says she's a healer, or traiteur. There's a blue-bottle tree in the yard, which is supposed to trap spirits and keep things safe, but Shelby has found eerie messages inside the bottles. The more she figures out about her mama and the blue-bottle messages, the more she thinks that a ghost may be leaving the messages; a ghost trying to make the past right. Now, Shelby needs Mirage more than ever, and it seems like forgiveness is the real key to putting everyone's ghosts to rest.

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    Healing Spell, The   (EBK)

    Healing Spell, The (EBK)

    by Kimberley Griffiths Little

    Twelve-year-old Livie is living with a terrible secret: she caused the accident that left her Mamma in a coma. It's a secret she can't tell anyone, because some sins are so bad they're better left hidden.

    Mamma comes home from the hospital, still in a coma, and Daddy believes she will only get better if she's surrounded by the people who love her best. But Livie is wracked by guilt. Can a mysterious faith healer, with a magical box of spells, help Livie make Mamma wake up again? Is a healing string Livie's last chance for forgiveness?

    Set deep in the bayou of Louisiana, Livie's story of family, faith, and forgiveness is told with power and conviction. It contains a recipe for a real healing spell at the back of the book.

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The Healing Spell

Author: Kimberley Griffiths Little

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Parents, Living with Illness and Disabilities, Determination and Perseverance

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Eleven-year-old Livie is living with a secret and it's crushing her. Livie is terrified when her father insists that they bring her comatose mother home from the hospital. How can she look at, much less touch and care for, Mamma when she alone knows that she caused her illness? Stuck in the middle of three sisters, hiding a forbidden pet alligator, and afraid to disappoint her daddy, whom she loves more than anyone else, Livie struggles to find her place within her own family as she learns about the powers of faith and redemption

As Mamma continues to languish in bed, Livie grows more and more estranged from her family, a chasm that begins to close only after she gathers her courage to visit the local traiteur, who gives her the formula for a healing spell. As Livie collects the spell's necessary ingredients, she begins to open up to the knowledge that she is loved and cherished by her family. Little explores the extremes of childhood guilt and its consequences in this harsh yet well-crafted story about fully drawn people. The bayou, with its rich culture, is an atmospheric character that overlays the story with mystery and dread.

Livie's powerful, emotional, and sometimes humorous story will stay with readers long after the last line is read. Set in the lush bayou of Louisiana, Kimberley Griffiths Little brings Livie's story to life with power and grace.

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