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Teens and spirituality

Angel of Mercy ~Lurlene McDaniel

Eighteen-year-old Heather travels as a volunteer to Africa, where she provides direly needed medical help in Kenya and Uganda and hopes to act as God's hands on Earth. 1999

Armageddon Summer ~Jane Yolen & Bruce Coville

Fourteen-year-old Marina and sixteen-year-old Jed accompany their parents' religious cult, the Believers, to await the end of the world atop a remote mountain, where they try to decide what they themselves believe. 1999

Asylum for Nightface ~Bruce Brooks

A deeply spiritual seventeen-year-old takes a radical step to save himself from the fanaticism of his born-again Christian parents.1996

Beyond the Divide ~Kathryn Lasky

In 1849, a fourteen-year-old Amish girl defies convention by leaving her secure home in Pennsylvania to accompany her father across the continent by wagon train. 1983

Brides of Eden: A True Story Imagined ~Linda Crew

In this story based on true events, sixteen-year-old Eva and her female friends become obsessed with a charismatic young man who comes to Corvallis, Oregon, in 1904, claiming to be a Christian prophet. 2001  

Burning Up ~Caroline B. Cooney

When a girl she had met at an inner-city church is murdered, fifteen-year-old Macey channels her grief into a school project that leads her to uncover prejudice she had not imagined in her grandparents and their wealthy Connecticut community.1999

The Calling ~Cathryn Clinton

In 1962 in South Carolina, twelve-year-old Esta is called into the ministry of Jesus and anointed with the gift of healing, but when her relatives decide to take her on a religious crusade she wonders if it is the right thing to do. 2001

Christmas in Heaven ~Carol Lynch Williams

When a self-centered famous movie star builds a mansion near her family's diner in an isolated part of Florida, twelve-year-old Honey develops a friendship with the younger daughter that helps Honey realize how special her own family is. 2000 

The Dark Light ~Mette Newth

While enduring a bleak existence in a hospital for lepers in Norway during the early 1800s, thirteen-year-old Tora tries to find meaning in a life surrounded by death. 1998

Drummers of Jericho ~Carolyn Meyer

A fourteen-year-old Jewish girl goes to live with her father and stepmother in a small town and soon finds herself the center of a civil rights battle when she objects to the high school band marching in the formation of a cross.1995

Gideon's People ~Carolyn Meyer

Torn between youthful rebellion and their traditional heritages, two boys from very different cultures—one Amish, one Orthodox Jew—discover just how similar they really are. 1996

I Promise ~Robin Jones Gunn

Christy believes her engagement to Todd to be a dream come true, but instead they encounter turmoil and conflict. 2001

The Last Safe Place on Earth ~Richard Peck

Fifteen-year-old Todd sees his perfect suburban world start to unravel when his little sister has her mind poisoned by a member of a fundamentalist sect and he begins to notice signs of censorship. 1994

Leaving Fishers ~Margaret Peterson Haddix

After joining her new friends in the religious group called Fishers of Men, Dorry finds herself immersed in a cult from which she must struggle to extricate herself. 1997

Ordinary Miracles ~Stephanie S. Tolan

Tired of being a twin, Mark tries to spend more time away from his twin brother and meets a scientist who challenges some of Mark's long-held Christian beliefs about heaven, God, prayer, and death.1999

Send Me Down a Miracle ~Han Nolan

A sleepy, God-fearing southern town erupts in chaos when a flamboyant artist from New York City returns to her birthplace for an artistic experiment. 1996

Shylock's Daughter ~Mirjam Pressler

Sixteen-year-old Jessica, who longs to be free of the restrictions of her father and life in the Jewish ghetto of sixteen-century Venice, falls in love with a Christian aristocrat and must make choices that will affect her whole family. 2001

Where the Truth Lies: A Novel ~Lucy Cullyford Babbitt

Three young people—one from an atheistic city, one from a country that believes in many gods, and one from a land that worships one God—set out on a mission to end the war that has been perpetuated by these disparate beliefs. 1993

Researched and compiled by L. Baldwin  1/2002

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