(The Madeleine Richards Series #1)
At twelve-years of age, Maddy Richards has everything she needs in life – good friends, a loving mother, and a home she loves. When her mother announces that she's getting married, Maddy's seemingly perfect world is rocked to the core, but when she discovers that not only that her mother is getting married and she'll have a new dad, but there's another, even more world rocking change planned, Maddy, thinking there's no way out of her predicament, forges a plan that she's sure will put a stop to at least one of these sudden changes in her life.
With her best friend Hannah in tow, Maddy embarks on a journey, hoping that will prompt her mother and new husband-to-be to change their minds, but a horrific storm is about to complicate matters further. What looked like a solution suddenly becomes more of a problem.
Maddy will have to gather her resolve and determine if she's ready to trust God, regardless of what is happening, and let life unfold as it should, even if that means her life will never be the same again.
Book One of The Madeleine Richards Series, Rebellion in Riversleigh, is must read Middle-Grade Christian fiction for girls aged ten to thirteen, who are looking for a heart-warming story, full of adventure, personal struggle, and Christian values.
A bonus prequel for moms, Hank and Sarah – A Love Story, is also available FREE from inside the book.
Praise for Rebellion in Riversleigh
"Author Juliette Duncan has taken a very real-to-life scenario and created a story that will definitely relate to young pre-teen readers. Change is difficult for anyone, but for a pre-teen it often seems like it's the end of the world. While Maddy's defiance may appear to adults as selfish and thoughtless, her fears over change are very real and frightening. But, as the author clearly points out in the development of the story, change can be a very positive experience if one is willing to be open minded and consider the possibilities. This is a well-plotted story about accepting change, pointing out to young pre-teens that life can be good anywhere as long as you have your family. " -- Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Madeleine Richards is a girl in crisis. Her mother is taking her new boyfriend, Hank, seriously, which means less time for Madeleine to spend time with her mum. When the happy couple deliver the news that it's time to move from their beloved hometown of Riversleigh, Madeleine will do anything to stop that from happening, even if it puts her in danger.
This book is a poignant adventure that follows Madeleine through the emotional storms of dealing with a new father and a big life change. Like most youth, Madeleine is frightened and stubborn, and she lashes out at everyone who loves her. Through the faith and patience of parents who love her and the support of an inspiring church youth program, Madeleine learns to deal with her fears even as she makes mistakes she never saw coming.
This author has a good grasp of young teen angst and the quiet whispers of faith we can all find if we stop long enough to listen, let go, and let God. Although it switches point of view from character to character, it is easy to follow and a very appropriate read I'd recommend for those as young as eight and up.