Sometimes when you believe in miracles, the most amazing things can happen…
Dreaming of a normal life, Hailee Tupper finds herself in a world more amazing and unbelievable than she ever imagined. After rescuing a young tiger cub, Hailee suspects her new furry friend may have killed the person who discovered their makeshift cave home.
Afraid for her life, Hailee flees the cave and finds herself as a stowaway on the ship of Captain Baker and his crew. But it is here, in the angry snarl of the ocean’s grip, that Hailee’s life changes forever. For a beast lives somewhere in the deep, and if she is not careful, Hailee may suffer the same fate as the doomed crew…
With the help of the beast, Hailee embarks on an incredible adventure of faith, miracles, and destiny. Join Hailee as she discovers a peculiar and enchanting land where anything might happen, and often does, as she journeys to uncover her ultimate destiny. With a single flash of light, Hailee’s entire world will change, and her story will be a whale of a tale…
An Exceptionally Well Written Story!
Reviewed by Piaras on March 15, 2020 for Emerald Book Reviews
‘Sometimes when you believe in miracles, the most amazing things can happen…’
Throughout history, but in particular the first decade of the twentieth century the idea of exposing people with physical and mental differences for profit and amusement was starting to decline. In their prime, freak shows (as they were known) had been a major attraction, but by the 1940s they were starting to lose their audience with people turning their backs on the shows. The rapid increase of exploration of the world and the rise of freak shows resulted in Third World exhibits being incorporated as both exhibits with anomalies and culture variations. In the nineteenth century science bolstered and legitimized the development of these shows. However, in the middle of the twentieth century, science started to undermine such shows by the medicalization of the human variations from the norm prompting their end.
I’ve included the above description as I feel it ties in well with what the author is trying to get across in this story. There are millions of children around the world who are born either well off or with normal looks who fit comfortably into society. How can any of them have empathy for the outcasts and those born with imperfections, if they themselves don’t know how it feels to be an outcast? Of course, as parents, we all like to protect our children from the big bad world. Nevertheless, brushing those bad parts of humanity under the carpet will only make it seem like the world is a better place. When in reality we all know it’s not.
Miraculous takes you inside the mind of an outcast where children become aware of the feelings and hurts first hand so they can not only empathize with the main protagonist, but also with the many thousands of other misfortunate souls in the real world. If this book can help even just one child to treat another who is an outcast of society with more compassion and love , because they’ll know how it feels to be one from reading the book, then no doubt the many thousands of hours the author put into writing this novel is worth every second.
The main character, who in spite of being an outcast and not treated fairly, does not relinquish her philosophy for living taught by her guardian angel and earthly mentor, Higgins. Throughout her story she stays true to placing a high value for being honest, and having love and compassion for others; even for those who didn’t treat her well at all. The book shows that yes indeed there is a reward for living by the qualities of humanity she was taught and lived by.
Whatever flaws we might identify or frustrations we might feel are trivial in comparison to a reader’s pure joy in losing himself/herself in a narrative. When all the elements come together: an intriguing plot, thoughtful, profound themes, complex, troubling, characters, and language that make us shudder for its honesty, clarity, and confidence; we gratefully set all analysis aside and give ourselves up to the sheer magic of a great book. And for me, Miraculous is such a book.
This absorbing and attention-grabbing work had me riveted from the beginning. The story flows from scene to scene effortlessly, and the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling. The story had every element a good story should have. An interesting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well illustrated scenes that really make you feel like you are right there in the story, and that’s something I really look for in a good book.
It’s one of those rare stories that come along once in a while that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. I’m giving nothing away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery! I will say that it’s a middle grade fiction book that teaches kids to have empathy for other’s who are less fortunate and as well as for animals. Although as a middle-aged man -okay, maybe a little older- I must admit I really enjoyed reading this story of hope and courage. It was also a fascinating experience to share with my grand-children.
Definitely a 5 Stars from me. And looking forward to reading more from Walter Rouzer in the future. I received a copy from the author for my unbiased review. A highly recommended read!
Walter was not always a writer, but his love of adventure novels began when he was very young.
Although he was raised in a large metropolitan city, at every every opportunity he would venture off exploring mountains, lakes, oceans and islands in a never ending quest for new discoveries.
Walter studied environmental resources and social work in college. Before becoming a writer he wanted to be a naturalist and a social worker. While in college he took classes in plant, soil, animal husbandry and other bio-earth sciences as well as studies in the field of sociology. He had fond memories tutoring inner-city kids as part of his off campus training. It was a fulfilling experience having the opportunity to make a positive difference in kid’s lives.
There’s nothing quite like discovering a book that presents new and exciting story ideas. Walter works hard to ensure that his readers get original and exciting stories with each new book. So you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you’re just not getting a rehash of an old story genre or one that doesn’t have some exciting new twists.
Walter believes that books should enhance our enjoyment of life, both in the real and imaginative sense of the written word. It’s his hope and desire that his present books and those to follow will impart a new dimension of adventure, thrill and humor to all who venture through its pages.