Fourteen-year-old Ann is pregnant. She knows her father, whom she's been estranged from since her mother's death, will never understand, but she's determined to keep her baby. Ann's school counselor refers the desperate teen to the Big Sister program, where she's matched with Monica.

Monica has been looking for a place where her faith can make a difference, and she has her work cut out for her with scared, insecure Ann. But little by little the two become friends. With Monica's help, Ann begins to break down the barriers with her father as well.

Bedford cuts to the heart of serious issues and reveals God's hope. An uplifting ending redeems a frustratingly naïve (albeit typical) teen outlook on life that pervades the work. The approach to teen pregnancy is rather simplistic, but the sweet outcome will touch the reader's heart. (Dec., 288 pp., $12.95)
Reviewed by: 
Melissa Parcel