Elana K. Arnold
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By – November 8, 2013

Scar­lett, a high school junior grow­ing up on Catali­na Island, off the Cal­i­for­nia coast, finds it dif­fi­cult to cope with her brother’s sud­den death. She with­draws from her fam­i­ly and friends, draw­ing com­fort only from her horse. Then she meets Will, a senior new to the island. Will seems inex­plic­a­bly drawn to Scar­lett and, although she hes­i­tates to admit it, Scar­lett feels the pull, as well, and her jour­ney back to feel­ing nor­mal begins with their chance meeting.

Author Elana K. Arnold accu­rate­ly depicts Scarlett’s strug­gle back from the depths of her grief. She touch­es on sev­er­al poignant top­ics, includ­ing eat­ing dis­or­ders, self-harm and depres­sion. But, Arnold has also filled Sacred with romance, adven­ture, a sprin­kling of Jew­ish tra­di­tions and mys­ti­cism, and even a hint of sci­ence fic­tion. It’s a fast-paced sto­ry that will hook read­ers from the very begin­ning. Be sure you have extra time to read because once you start this nov­el, you won’t be able to put it down. Sacred is an excel­lent read and is high­ly rec­om­mend­ed for ages 13 and up.

Mar­cia Ber­neger is a retired teacher who lives with her hus­band and three crazy dogs. She taught both first and sec­ond grade, as well as spe­cial edu­ca­tion. She cur­rent­ly teach­es Torah school, in addi­tion to her vol­un­teer work in class­rooms, libraries, and with var­i­ous fundrais­ers. She lives in San Diego.

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