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The Miraculous Hardcover – 30 July 2019

4.8 out of 5 stars 115 ratings

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“Redman explores faith, the intertwined nature of sorrow and joy, and the transformative process of grief through Wunder's eyes in a part-fantasy, part-realistic adventure with genuinely humorous moments. . .Layered, engaging, and emotionally true.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Redman’s gorgeous debut uses a cozy world of bright characters to tackle themes of death, grief, and doubt with gentle compassion and a light touch. . .[A] moving lesson for young people learning to cope with both the good and the bad that life has to offer.” ―Booklist

“The lesson that miracles can still exist in the midst of tragedy is especially powerful. . .This feel-good novel will have readers reflecting on events in their own lives (and very likely also reaching for a box of tissues).” ―The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Infused with a whisper of fabulism, this debut’s quiet exploration of love and loss will remind readers to recognize the magic in the mundane.” ―Publishers Weekly

“A stunning story expressing the complexities and mysteries of love and death in all of its light and darkness. A beautifully rendered and meaningful read for young readers asking deep questions.” ―Veera Hiranandani, Newbery Honor–winning author of The Night Diary

“Filled with longing, love, hope, and wisdom, The Miraculous is a small miracle of a book.” ―Alison McGhee, author of Shadow Baby and the #1 New York Times–bestseller Someday

“Exquisitely crafted, serious, yet woven through with wry humor, this story’s miracles are its fierce and tender characters. I loved this extraordinary debut.” ―Leslie Connor, National Book Award Finalist author of The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

About the Author

Jess Redman is a therapist and psychology teacher. She currently lives in Florida with her husband, two young children, and an old cat named Soul Pie. The Miraculous is her debut novel.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (30 July 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0374309744
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0374309749
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 9 - 11 years
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 386 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 14.22 x 2.76 x 21.79 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 115 ratings

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Jess Redman is the award-winning author of THE MIRACULOUS, QUINTESSENCE, and the forthcoming THE ADVENTURE IS NOW (May 2021). Her debut picture book, SEASON OF LIGHT, comes out in Fall 2022, illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki. She is a former therapist who currently lives in Florida with her husband, their two young children, and an old cat named Soul Pie.

THE MIRACULOUS earned a starred review from Kirkus, who called it "layered, engaging, and emotionally true." The story was chosen as one of Amazon's Best Children's Books of 2019 and Bank Street's Best Children's Books of 2019. QUINTESSENCE was chosen as a 2021 NCTE Charlotte Huck Award Honor Book. It was selected as the featured book for the month of May for the OwlCrate Jr. subscription box and was called "a fanciful adventure with a rich emotional core and a fairy tale flair" by Publishers Weekly. Her books have been used in book clubs and as classroom read alouds around the country.

You can visit her at or on Twitter or Instagram at @Jess__Red.

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This text box asked what I liked and disliked about the product. I liked everything; I disliked nothing. I’m an elementary teacher librarian who naturally reads a lot of children’s books. It’s been since Pax a few years ago that I’ve adored a book so much. I love how this book deals so beautifully and uniquely with heavy issues and hard questions kids (and adults) have about life. I’m exhausted from tonight’s back to school event or I’d write more, but simply put, I love it and can’t wait to booktalk this with my fourth and fifth graders. ❤️
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