The Miracle Stealer

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-10-01
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
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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 often 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: 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 appearance 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.

Author Biography

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.


From The Miracle Stealer

I guess like most of the planet, you either watched the big rescue on TV or read about it in the papers. Maybe you saw the famous cover of Newsweek with Daniel's chubby toddler body strapped to that board, his cheeks bloodied and his eyes swollen shut. As for the rumors that came later—about the fire that didn't burn him and the cripples he cured—maybe you found them on one of those nut job websites. But stories like Daniel's take on a life of their own. Nobody really knows what happened for sure except the ones who saw it all firsthand, like me.

In the hospital, near the end of everything, Leo told me that seeing something happen only makes you an observer. To qualify as a witness, he explained, you've got to offer testimony. So I'll tell you all I saw and did, plain as I can, and you'll come to your own conclusions about what to believe. I guess I'll start with the night about a year back when, if you trust the rumors, my brother Daniel walked across the waters of Paradise Lake.

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