Age Range: 8 to 12
Series: Lily Series
From the Publisher
At last Lilys in middle school and it doesnt take long for her to get right into the thick of things. She joins the school newspaper staff and becomes the anonymous writer of the Answer Girl advice column. Its all in fun at first Lilys witty answers to such questions as What do I do about a dog that keeps eating my homework? Then Lily gets a more serious query and actually gives helpful advice, and its not long before word gets around that the mysterious Answer Girl can solve ANY problem.
Before long Lily thinks shes Dr. Know-it-allreading every sidewalk psychology and self-help book she can lay hands on, watching afternoon talk shows, and even tries to talk her parents into letting her see a therapist, just so she can get firsthand knowledge. But things quickly go sour and as usual Lily steps outside her boundaries. When her expert advice nearly cost her a close friend, Lily realizes there isnt always a clear-cut answer, particularly in those gray areas. But once again, Lily learns that God is the REAL Answer Man.
From The Critics
Rue's appealing series has made consistent appearances on the CBA bestseller list since it began last year. It's no wonder Lily, a brainy middle-schooler, is both lively and lifelike, much more robust than her counterparts in other religious-themed fiction. The problems she faces tend to be staples of girls' series: in Ask, for example, Lily starts an advice column in her school paper and ends up needing a dose of her own counsel. When she turns into a "rebel," Lily becomes interested in Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi and goes overboard with her desire to improve students' treatment at school. But Rue develops these conflicts with imagination and sympathy for her character. Lily's parents and her stalwart friends redirect her to prayer and God. Fortunately, the parents are free-thinking enough that their responses may catch readers off-guard once in a while. A hallmark of this series is its nonfiction tie-ins; companion volumes offer straight, candid and Christian advice on topics related to the novels' themes. For these novels, there will be The Blurry Rules Book: It's a God Thing and The It's MY Life Book: It's a God Thing, both by Rue. A YWOF (Young Woman of Faith) journal and Bible are also available. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.