The Land of Decoration

The Land of Decoration

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Ten-year-old Judith McPherson is a believer. Her world is carefully constructed around her faith: nightly scripture reading with her father, weekly gatherings at the Meeting Hall and daily proselytizing to the lost. With no TV and no books "of the world" to entertain her, she passes time by creating the Land of Decoration, a model in miniature of the Promised Land which she has made of discarded scraps-- divine treasures that she squirrels away.

But Judith's troubles are mounting. At school, Neil Lewis's relentless terrorizing has reached a feverish, dangerous pitch, and in town, a strike threatens the factory where her father works. One Sunday night, terrified of the violence that awaits her in the school halls on Monday, Judith conjures a snowstorm in the Land of Decoration made of shaving cream, cotton and cellophane. The next morning the ground outside her window is a crisp, dazzling white. Judith can perform miracles. In fact, she might just be God's chosen instrument. But with power comes weighty consequences, and Judith must face them head-on to keep her faith--and her family--alive.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, 2012.
Edition: First Canadian edition.
ISBN: 9781443408493
9781443408486
Branch Call Number: MCC
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 24 cm

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maurajk
Aug 08, 2013

Kim Vara recommended July 2013

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finn75
May 31, 2013

A very sad tale of two very isolated and grieving characters. The daughter left very much on her own makes up her own coping mechanisms to a very detrimental affect.

ChristchurchLib Nov 29, 2012

A fascinating first novel about a young girl whose father is a member of a fringe religious sect which preaches End Day beliefs. The girl is bullied at school and finds a refuge in the little world of her own of the title and the father runs afoul of unionists at the factory where he works. A touching and very promising book.

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bandblair Sep 04, 2012

Judith's voice is a bit inconsistent. Sometimes she seems very mature for her age - I guess we suggest it's because of her strange upbringing and relationship with her father. I found it was an easy read, it flowed well.

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