Twelve-year-old Katie does not want to spend her life laying hands on sick people to heal them as her grandmother has done for years. She doesn’t want the responsibility. When Granny says, “Katie, someday you’ll have the gift,” Katie hopes she’s wrong. When younger, she’d thought it was a good idea. Now she knows the ‘gift of healing’ is more like a curse. Granny’s life isTwelve-year-old Katie does not want to spend her life laying hands on sick people to heal them as her grandmother has done for years. She doesn’t want the responsibility. When Granny says, “Katie, someday you’ll have the gift,” Katie hopes she’s wrong. When younger, she’d thought it was a good idea. Now she knows the ‘gift of healing’ is more like a curse. Granny’s life is always interrupted by others wanting help. Katie doesn’t want a life like that. Before she can explain her feelings, her grandmother gets sick. Minutes before dying, she passes the ‘gift of healing’ to Katie – without Katie’s knowledge. With Granny gone, Katie must live with a great-uncle who doesn’t believe in healers. Over time, Katie discovers she has the gift. She doesn’t want it, but uses it when people are in pain. When her great-uncle catches her helping someone, he forbids her to do so again.Now she’s torn. She has the gift, but doesn’t want to use it. Yet she doesn’t want her great-uncle telling her what she can or cannot do. Her life should be her own – so what should she do about the unwanted gift?...
|Title||:||The Unwanted Gift|
|Number of Pages||:||129 Pages|
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The Unwanted Gift Reviews
When Katie's guardian and best friend Granny passes away, the gift of healing is supposed to be passed on from grandmother to grandchild. Yet Katie shows no signs of having the gift, and she's relieved. Who would want people coming by the house at all hours of the day, asking for help? Granny didn't seem to mind, but Katie has never wanted that. Now staying with Old Man Barter, her only living relative, Katie finds herself helping people with all the healing knowledge--not some special power--she has gained from Granny over the years, including her schoolmate, the poor and annoying Harry. The more people she helps, the more she begins to wonder about the great power she could wield to help others if she did have the gift.Set in the 1950's, K.L. Pickett's THE UNWANTED GIFT possesses a lovely blend of historical atmosphere and a touch magic. I wept for Katie when Granny passed and cheered for her as she learned to embrace her own special talents, magical or not. And the cast of secondary characters really jumps off the page as well. This isn't your run-of-the-mill paranormal tale for young readers. It is a richly woven story of self-discovery, mourning, and digging deep to find the goodness in all people. Another great middle grade read from the author!