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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
Jane Ellen Freeman has written a lovely story for preteens called Jeremiah Lucky and the Guardian Angel. After Jeremiah’s father died, he tries to be more responsible by helping his mother with the chores. His mother, a nurse, often leaves before Jeremiah wakes and returns after he gets home from school. The eight-year-old misses his father so much, and worries about his mother that he begins to forget minor things. While at school, a very tiny man with a red mustache and a shiny bald spot on his head appears out of nowhere and tells Jeremiah that he is his guardian angel. Angus McDermit’s duty is to watch over him, and Jeremiah soon begins to tell this odd-looking man his problems. He knows his mother misses his dad too, and wonders why he had to die and leave them.
Kids display their emotions in many ways after losing a parent. Jane Ellen Freeman creates a thought provoking portrayal of this in Jeremiah Lucky and the Guardian Angel. She shows how Jeremiah matured by his thoughtful actions at home, and how forgetful he was with certain school activities. He worried a lot, but did not think the adults around him noticed. The story is also educational as the author included a very informative tour of a fort, which I enjoyed as much as Jeremiah. Her characters are nice, and Angus was definitely a comfort and gentle guiding light in Jeremiah’s life. I recommend this book to preteens, knowing they will enjoy it.