Saturday, January 2, 2010

Tiny Angel by Nancy Carty Lepri

In a day and age when chapter books for tweens can sometimes be more hype than substance, Nancy Carty Lepri's Tiny Angel is a breath of fresh air. When ten-year-old Macy Carver's dad is transferred to a new town, Macy leaves behind everything she knew even her best friend. Suddenly she is the new kid on the block and is the recipient of cruel bullying. Then, she receives an unexpectant heavenly visitor - her guardian angel Jody.

There are numerous positive lessons children can learn from Tiny Angel.

1. The gift of compassion - Macy's keen discernment helps her look beyond herself and extend friendship to Tommy, a needy boy in her school.

2. Another perspective - Macy gives readers another view from her pew. She is able, through the help of her guardian angel Jody, to see beyond herself.

3. Generosity - Macy could have been selfish and kept the award money she won from the spelling bee competition, but instead she sees a need greater than herself and donates her money to help those in need.

4. Convictions - Macy's life reflects her heart of mercy for the underdog while continuing to stand up for what you believe in even if it means being rejected.

5. Educational - Children will hone their spelling skills when they attend the spelling bees with Macy and her friends.

6. Faith - Little hearts will grow in their faith when they fall in love with Macy's guardian angel Jody and learn that only faith can devour fear.

Macy isn't some goody-two-shoes. Ms. Lepri pulls back the curtain and allows us to see Macy's struggles.

I think Tiny Angel should be read in elementary schools everywhere. It would open up dialogue about bullying and how devastating it can be to an individual and teach students the lost art of compassion.

If you want a great book with some character building lessons tucked in every chapter for the children in your life, you will want to get a copy of Tiny Angel.

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NancyCL said...

What can I say? This is a fabulous review! Thanks so much. I greatly appreciate this and hope the children who read my book feel as positive about it as you do!
Thanks again, my friend!
Hugs, Nancy

Anonymous said...

Wow! Dixie,
Well constructed review. It's obvious you enjoyed the book. The in depth look you provide readers is outstanding.

Donna J. Shepherd said...

Very detailed and helpful. Thanks for the review!

Anonymous said...

Great review! My little sister will love these books!

Nicole weaver said...

It doesn not surprise me at all that you gave Tiny Angel such an outstanding review. You are truly a person full of love and compassion. Thank you for sharing your this wonderful review. Abundant blessings your way.

NancyCL said...

Can I hire you as my agent??? Thanks also to the rest of you who have added to this thread. It has really made me a very happy author!
Love and hugs to all...

Janet Ann Collins said...

I've read the book and agree that it's great. The review is excellent and much better than mine. If anyone is interested they can read my review at

Renie Burghardt said...

Great review, Dixie. I enjoyed it. Wish I had little ones to buy this book for, but even my grandchildren are a bit too old for this delightful sounding book.

Best wishes,


PS. My blog is for fun, although I have stories in the archives.

Janet Halfmann: said...

Sounds like a fascinating book. Thanks for the review.

Donna McDine said...


Absolutely wonderful review. I enjoyed how you broke it down, well done!

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