Something else didn’t make sense. Everything seemed to be going along so well that a strange feeling was beginning to build in her. It was like Mom always warned. Maybe this was the “calm before the storm”. Maybe “the excitement” was just ahead of her.
Book: Lily Vanessa And The Pet Panic, Bethany House Publishers, 1997
Target Audience: Girls 11-14
Subjects: Responsibility, Love for others, friendship, racial differences
Summary: She’s worse than the “new girl” in town because she’s not even going to be here more than a couple of weeks! But that doesn’t stop Lily Vanessa from wanting to make friends. So when she connects up with the Twelve Candles Club she is thrilled at the possibility of becoming friends with them. She had no idea what she was getting herself into though! The next thing she knows she is part of a team taking turns caring for Cat Woman’s many pets while she is gone for a few days. The many pets include a ton of cats, guard dogs and a crabby goat that has a tendency to attack people!
Notes: In the midst of this adventure story are a number of spiritual elements. The most prevalent is about friendship and reaching out to those around you who may need a friend. First there’s Lily Vanessa herself who is in need of a friend, but before long, she finds herself wanting to reach out to Cat Woman. Her grandmother challenges her in this, saying maybe Lily Vanessa has been placed here at this time specifically to reach out to Cat Woman. Another lesson is about fear. Lily Vanessa is very nervous about using her talent of singing in front of others but realizes after surviving a dangerous situation that if God can help her with that, He can certainly help her with singing in public. This is the eleventh book in the Twelve Candles Club series, books about a club of girls that baby-sit and do other odd jobs to help people and earn money.
Recommendation Scale: 4/5
1 Peter 3:15 – But in your heart set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.