Most folks have never seen an angel.I know, because I've asked them.I asked Miss Martha at the post office."Maybe someday, Delia, God willing."God does a lot of willing in Tucker's Ferry, West Virginia. Delia's summer is getting off to a terrible start. First, an inspector shows up at the house and threatens to condemn it. Then lightning strikes, literally, and Mama ends up in the hospital. To make matters even worse, with no other family to speak of, Delia is forced to move in with her nemesis, Tommy "as-dense-as-a-stump" Parker. Not one to sit around doing nothing, Delia huddles with her best friend, Mae, and reluctantly recruits Tommy, to help. The three of them resolve to tackle the long list of repairs, one by one. But Delia quickly discovers that it takes more than energy and willingness to handle some problems. When things go from bad to worse, Delia has to take another tack, one that starts with admitting she just can't do what needs to be done without a lot more help. The Summer of Hammers and Angels is the story of an amazing summer in a girl's life, a summer of surprises and challenges, of shocks and recovery, of discoveries and friendship, and of loneliness and community.
Published July 1st 2011 by Namelos
The Elliott Review:
This story is the touching tale of a girl who doesn't crumble under adversity but instead learns to believe in miracles and work for what she wants and needs. When Delia's mother goes into a coma, leaving their soon-to-be condemned house in a precarious position, Delia takes matters into her own hands, working at it as best she can. When even her own efforts aren't enough, she turns to a higher power.
This book has that light-hearted feel and hope-filled message that will draw in readers of any age. It's perfect for middle grade readers, but it really is a tale for any one who believes in miracles. I love that it touches on faith and religion in a way that is natural and organic (aka - non-preachy). Reading this book was like a breath of fresh air!