Saving Sailor by Renee Riva was a free Kindle book I found. ( I love Kindle for the ipod!) It turned out to be a young adult novel, but it was one of the best books I've read in a while!
A.J. is an American Italian Catholic girl in the summer of her tenth year. A.J. spends summers on an island in the Pacific Northwest with her four siblings, her parents, her dog named Sailor, and a smuggled hamster named Ruby. A,J, makes friends with a young visitor to the island and is caught up in his family's problems. Ultimately A.J. experiences God's grace in a very real way in her life and the lives of her friend's family.
The best way I can describe this is a book of goodness: good times with a solid family that loves each other, a good relationship with God, good endings. It is refreshing to read a book that is this good. Even young adult literature now is peppered with dysfunctional families, major tragedies, and very few good references to a relationship with God. Saving Sailor was refreshingly different!
I've ordered a hard copy for my kids to read and I intend to find more books by this author.