Saving Sailor a Novel by Renee Riva

Saving Sailor a Novel by Renee Riva

  • Spirituality -- High
  • Romance -- Some
  • Violence -- Some

Set in 1968 on Indian Lake, Idaho, Saving Sailor chronicles nine-year-old Angelica Juliana’s idyllic summer in a cabin on an island in the middle of the lake. Curious, dramatic and just a little weird, A.J. displays the imagination, humor and spunk of Twain’s Tom Sawyer—except with a profound perception and a deep spirituality. Along with her parents, four siblings, a cute boy named Danny and a dog named Sailor, A.J. stumbles from one adventure to another: boating, fishing, saving animals, and relationships, and getting saved herself in return.

Renee Riva crafts a delightful story of life viewed through the eyes of a nine-year-old girl in 1968 with excellent humor. If you’d like a feminine, hopeful rather than cynical version of Tom Sawyer, you’d like Saving Sailor. The author weaves in thoroughly evangelical spiritual truths from a Roman Catholic perspective. With her own parents modeling true love, A.J. also discovers the secret of finding her own prince someday—in God’s time.

Age Range: 8 and up

Genre: Historical-Humor 

David Cook 2007

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