NOTES FROM A SPINNING PLANET -- PAPUA, NEW GUINEA
The second book in Carlson's series featuring the travels of 20-year-old Maddie and her journalist aunt Sid will help teens to gain insight into foreign issues. The locale is vividly described, albeit painted in a frightening way. The concerns about the country are heart-wrenching and will incite many prayers.
Maddie shares the love of Jesus with those afflicted by AIDS. God allows her to see the beauty of the country, and her strength allows other Christians to imagine a more positive future for their country. (WATERBROOK, Feb., 240 pp., $12.99)