*Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus

Note: this review was originally published on February 4, 2011.  Heart of a Samurai, by Margi Preus, Amulet Books, 277 pages plus historical note and glossary. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 10-12 Maturity Level: 4 (ages 10 and up) Bottom line: This Newbery-winning fictionalized biography for middle graders is as likeable as its hero, with 

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Contest Winners and More

$20 Bookshelf Challenge Winner Today is the big day for one Redeemed Reader: the announcement of our $20 Bookshelf Challenge winner.  Thank you to everyone who gave it a try, especially Alane who was the first runner-up.  (Alane, I’ll email you with my idea for a consolation prize…) First place goes to Cathy for her 

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When God Shakes a Nation: Real Relief for Japan

I have been praying for Japan over the last few days, as I know many of you have.   In particular, I have been praying for Grace City Church in Tokyo where my friends Roger and Abi Lowther are missionary artists.  (In case you’re wondering, that just means that they use their gifts in music to 

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