Midnight Mystery

Thursday, May 6, 2010
What do you do when you are still holding close and cherishing a precious memory, but those around you have forgotten and moved on and expect you to be ok with that?

#1 - Midnight Mystery by Dani Daley Mackall, Tyndale House Publishers, 2002
Midnight Mystery (Winnie the Horse Gentler #4)
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Adventure, Mystery
Target Audience: Girls 12-18
Subject: Relationship with parents, loss of a parent, friendships, jumping to conclusions
Summary: Jesus Christ may be the same yesterday, today, and forever but nothing else is and that's Winnie's problem. To some extent, she is still living in the past, wanting to honor her mother's birthday the way they always did when her mother was alive. However, her dad and sister are moving on, getting involved in new things, almost forgetting the day! When a circus comes to the area, it gives Winnie a chance to gentle a performance horse that's jumpy and messing up tricks. It proves a lesson in jumping to conclusions and harshly judging people when it turns out to be sabotage messing up the horse's performance more than the horse itself!
Notes: Winnie is having a hard time accepting change in this story. She is learning to find comfort in the fact that Jesus IS the same yesterday, today and forever while everything else around her is changing. She also learns not to jump to conclusions and make judgments too quickly. The people she wants to blame may not be guilty, and the people she is convinced are innocent may not be innocent. Catman shows calmness and patience as he quietly refuses to let Winnie jump in and make accusations, but rather, silently observes and considers what's best.
Recommendation Scale: 4
Reviewer: J:-)mi

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