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For the Love of Big Balooka

12 Gifts of Christmas


For the Love of Big Balooka final 5After months of neglect and abuse, Josh is rescued! The summer is ending and rising fifth-grade scholar, Meg Wilson, prays to be kind to those classmates who taunted her in third and fourth grades. Most of all she prays for a “powerful purpose” this school year. As Divine providence would have it, her purpose unfolds when she steps off the school bus and witnesses a crime against a neighborhood canine named Josh.

A South Florida blustery night, a frightening confrontation with the dog’s abuser, and parental objection, propels Meg into action. With the help of her younger brother, Ryan and two best friends, Lindy and Alex, Meg is determined to make things right. Her young faith is put to work to forgive, even the likes of Josh’s abuser. In a twist of fate, the mistreated canine, lovingly renamed the Big Balooka, becomes the hometown hero.

For the Love of Big Balooka by Kathleen M. Barrett introduces the amazing pencil sketch work of up and coming artist, sixteen-year-old, Phoebe Yablonski. Phoebe sketched the book’s cover, taking thirteen hours to create a striking image of the real life, Josh. Read her inspiring bio on page 135 and see her colored pencil sketch of the dog’s collar on the last page.

You may find the book: on Amazon and through all Barnes and Noble locations, order internationally from your favorite bookstore or contact the author by email, [email protected].

You could win one of three copies of For the Love of Big Balooka on December 21 as a part of Birmingham Christian Family’s 12 Days of Reader Christmas Giveaways. Like and follow Birmingham Christian Family on Facebook to learn how you can be entered to win.

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