Middle Grade Novels

Reading Level 8-12

My Name Is River

ISBN-10: 0736964614

ISBN-13: 978-0736964616 - Paperback

READING LEVEL: 8-11 years

PUBLISHER: Harvest House Publishers, October 1, 2015

DESCRIPTION: It's 1983, and twelve-year-old River Starling's life is anything but normal. She was adopted on a whim and came without a birth certificate. Her adoptive parents gave her up to her grandmother when she was only two, but River is certain her parents will come back.

River's hopes fall apart when Gram uproots them from their farmhouse and decides to move to Birdsong, West Virginia, the most miserable town River has ever seen. There she makes an unlikely friendship with an unusual boy and learns about acceptance, hard work, forgiveness, and the love of Jesus.

Discover the unforgettable story of one girl's search for a place to call home

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Hope Girl

ISBN-10: 0736964959

ISBN-13: 978-0736964951 - Paperback

READING LEVEL: 8-11 years

PUBLISHER: Harvest House Publishers, February 1, 2016

DESCRIPTION: With the discovery of her birth father, 12-year-old River has definite thoughts about how her life should turn out—and that certainly does not include any of the challenges that keep popping up!

It's not easy to decide if she should live with Gram, who has been her family for the past ten years, or with her father, who she's over-the-moon to have just met but knows little about. And when River is diagnosed with a condition that could impact her hopes and dreams and future, she feels overwhelmed and bewildered. That's when River asks God for help and decides to trust him with her dreams.

As this tender-sweet story unfolds, River learns to persevere and stay hopeful that soon she will be part of a real family. Yes, her dream does come true...but not in the way she had planned!

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"Another great book from the author of "Hope Girl." We are hoping for more books from author Wendy Dunham. Wholesome and faith-filled reading for young girls is very much appreciated!!! My daughter couldn't put this book down and finished it in 2 days!!"

- Mom of 4 reviewed My Name Is River/ Highly recommended September 20, 2017

"A lovely story! Readers will root for River all the way in this thought provoking book. The characters were unique and charming. Girls will love this one!"

- Susan Williams Beckhorn reviewed My Name Is River/ Thought Provoking and Charming Story January 2, 2017

"As a 6th grade teacher for many years I have read many tween novels, and "My Name is River" surpasses them all! The buzz around school is ALL ABOUT RIVER. All my students have read this book now, and many of the older as well as younger students have caught the River Fever, telling me that they too are LOVING River's story. Children identify with River immediately, so much so that this book is hard to put down. I highly recommend this book if you would like something refreshing to read!"

-Michelle reviewed My Name Is River/The Buzz Around School  April 8, 2016

"What we purchase and pass along to our children (or, in my case, grandchildren) is of paramount importance. I had no problem whatsoever in handing this to my 10-year-old granddaughter. Wendy Dunham has a wonderful way with words, especially as they pertain to her age market. Highly recommended!"

-Eva Marie Everson reviewed My Name Is River/ If you have pre-teen daughters or granddaughters, this is for them! February 3, 2016

"A sweet story about hope, and courage, and how--sometimes--we have to be willing to change our dream."

-Vivian VandeVelde reviewed Hope Girl/Hope Girl October 31, 2017

"This well-written novel by Wendy Dunham grabbed my interest and kept it until the last word. The characters are well-developed and the author made me care deeply about what was happening to the main character, River, as she struggled to adjust to the many changes and challenges in her life. The characters and the plot were refreshing and the ending was unexpected, but very satisfying. I look forward to reading more by this author."

-E M Bandy reviewed Hope Girl/This well-written novel by Wendy Dunham grabbed my interest October 1, 2017

"Wow. This book is amazing. My girls and I have loved curling up together to read this aloud. The story is touching, engaging, and beautiful. What a blessing it has been to read this book and be reminded of God's sovereignty and love. I would recommend this to any parents with kids from ages 8-12. You will not be disappointed!"

-Amazon Customer reviewed Hope Girl/ This book is amazing. My girls and I have loved curling up ... October 12, 2017

"As a teacher, it is often hard to find both good literature and engaging stories for my students. "Hope Girl" is wonderfully written by Wendy Dunham with much emphasis on faith, courage, determination, and HOPE. My students LOVED it! Young girls today have many obstacles in their lives to try to lead "normal" lives. In a world where young girls may seem perfect - or at least in control and "normal" - they often always see themselves as abnormal or not good enough. In the story, "Hope Girl", River faces many obstacles, and in turn finds herself growing and maturing along the way. Her determination and sometimes stubbornness guides her as she realizes that her dreams may be a little different than she envisioned. Thank you Wendy Dunham for mastering a story where a young girl faces LIFE in itself and that with a little bit of faith, anything is possible!"

-Sheila O'Brien reviewed Hope Girl/October 23, 2016