Teen Vogue pick
Bronze medalist, 2017 Moonbeam Children's Book Award
It's 1880 in Fresno, California when 17-year-old Topaz Woo dies after giving birth. She can get an extension in a non-physical body—if she uses The Ten Commandments to influence her newborn. Over the course of ten years, she finds herself stymied in parenting by intergenerational drama and spiritual battle. Will she adjust to an otherworldly existence and give her daughter a solid foundation? Or will she become mired in family disputes and forfeit her soul to evil?
A Peek into the Past
This was an interesting book. I don’t think it’s biblical, but it was a fascinating ‘What if?’ sort of story.
Topaz is an interesting character who learns many lessons after she dies. Of course, like any mother, she wants to see her baby grow up. And she gets her chance. The Chinese culture that is spread throughout the book is informative and well done. The writing is well done and the story drew me in.
This book is a good read for anybody who likes afterlife stories and for those who enjoy reading from a Chinese perspective. Recommended for those who want to consider ‘What if?’
Not only did I enjoy the spiritual growth the Momma, but also- the walk back into history.