About the Book
Book: Emeline – A Journey with the My Journey companion Journal
Author: Kathy J. Perry
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction Adventure
Release date: November 1, 2020
I can’t ask Pa; I must decide for myself.
What do I really want?
Set in 1890, a period of no phones or refrigerators, thirteen-year-old Emeline has lost both parents and must travel through ten states to reconnect with family in Boston.
On the way, she encounters many people and trials. Some characters are unsavory, ruthless, and violet, wanting only her money and possessions, caring nothing for her life. But all is not bleak: good folks make her trip memorable, giving her help as they are able.
Will she make it, and if she does, will she stay?
Will the events of her journey redefine her life?
This Christian historical fiction adventure will educate, entertain, and inspire young readers.
You Are Unique
What do you believe?
What motivates you?
What are your thoughts, hopes, and dreams?
Find a quiet place and contemplate the questions inside. Journaling is a great way to understand yourself and work through emotions.
Who knows? You might surprise yourself!
I rarely read Young Adult books. Almost all that I have seen have to do with romance, include too much sensual matter, or are fantasy, time travel, or some weird futuristic story. I tend to greatly prefer realism, and I don’t think Young Adults need romance. When I read the description of Emeline—A Journey, I was attracted to it because it sounded different. I was not disappointed by the content!
Emeline loved to spend time with her teacher, who reminded her of her mother, who had passed away in childbirth two years ago. Talking about her mother helped so much! Then, one morning, Emeline woke up to find her father dying. His final words to her sent her on a journey across ten states, from Missouri to Boston, to find her grandfather. How could a 13-year-old travel that far alone?
Emeline learned survival skills from Ole Mr. Thompson, and then took off on her horse. When one man after another tried to rob her, and someone finally succeeded in knocking her out, she found herself in the home of the Witherspoons in Indiana. She lived with them for a time to earn money for a train ride to Boston, learning the skills of woodturning, and then finished her journey. Once in Boston, she learned about lithography from her father’s family. Then, where should she go? Should she stay in Boston, or return to the wide-open spaces of the West, where her heart was? All along the way, Emeline spent time reading her Bible, and journaling her thoughts. She learned to depend on God to care for her.
I really liked the content of Emeline—A Journey. It describes life in a simpler time, and shows a girl who has been left alone in the world making the best of what she had, learning to make her own decisions. On the other hand, the writing style could definitely be improved; it felt a bit amateurish. Also, it did not feel realistic that she hardly showed any grief when her father died. She was sad, but quickly got up and going again, never crying much at all. I did appreciate that this book doesn’t portray a girl who can do everything; she knows she needs help from adults, and readily accepts help and advice. I also really liked that there is no romance, other than a few hints that Emeline liked the apprentice at the Witherspoons. I can highly recommend this book for those in the 12-16-year-old group, and I may end up reading it aloud to my children sometime.
I did not get to see the journal, so I can’t comment on it. Have a look at some of the other blogs on this tour if you want to know what people have to say about it.
I received a review copy of this book from the author, and these are my honest thoughts about it.
About the Author:
After the passing of my parents, I evaluated at what I was doing with my life and my contribution to others. I’ve always had a heart for teaching kids. I’ve been a classroom teacher, a homeschool mom, a tutor, and a substitute for many years. I’ve written, illustrated, and published the Bandana Acres series of Early Reader Chapter Books with solid moral lessons that fill a genre gap between picture and chapter books. Fellow teachers say, “Great! Keep it up. We need more of these.”
As a twelve-year-old, I identified with a fictional orphaned girl and was so impressed with her cleverness and honesty that I wanted to be like her. It was this story that inspired me to write Emeline – A Journey — a story that will educate, encourage, and inspire your tween or teen to find their way as a confident young adult.
A companion book, a consumable guided journal entitled My Journey, will challenge your young adult to important questions and give them lots of room to process their thoughts, hopes, and dreams.
More From Kathy:
Research for Emeline’s story gave me such joy. It amazed me how much I learned about life in 1890 from internet searches, YouTube videos, and library books. Some topics, however, were more difficult than others. I purchased a book about 1800s printing for lithography details. I later gifted this beautiful book to my printer brother-in-law.
With new technology bursting at the seams of the fabric of our lives, could your young adult have an interest in such a time as 1890? Fantasies and futuristic books claim attention and provide an escape from our time and place. But the 1890s was a fascinating time, too, with inventions that would change how we live forever — inventions that we take for granted today. Regardless of the external factors, people then had the same personal issues. People remain people, no matter when or where they live.
I hope that from reading or listening to this book, your tweens and teens will internalize the important character qualities vital for confident, successful adulthood. The companion book, My Journey, follows the same values shown in Emeline’s book and provides a place for personal evaluation and self-discovery.
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