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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
Unjust, unfortunate, unruly, and unable are some of the words that describe the many challenges that Deborah 'Debbie' Spencer faces while living in The Home. Despite the fact that she lives in an orphanage, one day she wishes to have a family again that is not only better than before but a family better than her neighbor and bullying classmate, Roberta Solomon. In Unwanted by Mary E. Sandford, young readers will travel with Debbie Spencer while living in the 1950s era. Debbie is your average pre-teen but it's the life lessons that her Gram has taught her, along with her internal wisdom, that help her to navigate through the various elements of life, from Mr. Kelly's dislike of her to the strict rules that she faces daily while living in The Home. With these daily challenges, Debbie discovers a lot not only about herself but also of her friends, roommates, teacher, orphanage guardians, being bullied, and the fire at Our Lady of the Angels that took the lives of many. She begins to understand the importance of prayer. She realizes that, as Gram has always said, with God nothing is impossible so with everything, pray about it.
I enjoyed Unwanted by Mary E. Sandford immensely because it provides a story of how the essential elements of life and its challenges, even living in an orphanage, can be overcome by prayer. In this book, the author continually weaves in the words of Gram that became Debbie's conscience. Gram's words provided Debbie with the proper tools she needed. She couldn't change anyone's situation or circumstance, including her own, but she understood that God can and that He can turn our lives around. Just like Debbie, we can transition from being Unwanted to Wanted. There are several other elements that make this book a jewel and a must-have for any young reader's library. This book is highly recommended. Enjoy!