Mary Mae and the Gospel Truth
Published June 2010
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547249667 ; $15.00
Hardcover ; 144 pages
Ten-year-old Mary Mae loves to sing hymns with her Granny, go to Sunday School, and learn about trilobites. She has lots of questions about how the earth looked millions of years ago. Trouble is, Mary Mae’s mother thinks it’s wrong to believe the world is that old. Mama believes God created it six thousand years ago and she believes that nobody should teach Mary Mae otherwise. When Mary Mae starts taking her questions to church, asking how God created the earth in six days or how eight people could take care of animals on an ark, Mama puts her foot down: homeschooling. Mary Mae must decide where her loyalties lie: with science and Miss Sizemore, with God and Mama, or somewhere in the middle.

For a film on the book, click here (http://www Dutton grew up the daughter of Sunday school teachers in Ohio.  She was as curious about the book of Genesis as she was about the fossils in her backyard.  She says, “I wrote this book for kids like me who love discovering things, whether in the Bible, the backyard, or a history book.  I want them to have to courage to ask questions.”

“No matter what kinds of truth you adhere to, and just how long you think this old world of ours has been around, you’re going to love getting to know Mary Mae and her granny–the songs they sing, and their courage in facing up to the fact that there is no mention of trilobites in Mama’s Bible.”

–Zilpha Keatley Snyder, three-time Newbery Honor Winner and author of The Egypt Game

“Dutton has tackled a thorny subject–creationism versus evolution–in a way that treats both arguments with respect by channeling the whole controversy through the inquiring mind of the disarming and delightful Mary Mae.  And that’s the gospel truth!”

–Amy MacDonald, author of Little Beaver and the Echo

“Sandra Dutton demonstrates here that the quest to integrate faith with the fossil record can be a most enriching experience, and that it is never too early to allow our children to experience the joy of integrating their religious beliefs with a solid science education. This is a delightful — but also serious — work. It will appeal to parents, pastors and educators. We need more works like this.”

–John F. Haught, Ph. D. Georgetown University, author of Making Sense of Evolution: Darwin, God, and the Drama of Life

“Dutton’s brave book sings out the truth with humor and love.”

–Robin MacCready, winner of the Edgar Award and author of

Cover by Kelly Murphy

I should also mention that Kelly Murphy did a beautiful job on the cover.  Be sure to visit her website, the link under “Blogroll.”

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2 Responses to “Book”

  1. Lina Post says:

    I like your approach in searching for validity of our creation through the eyes of a 10-year old child. I wish you much luck with your book and I feel you have a good chance of making this into a children’s movie — parent too.

    PS: Puppets add a touch to the site.

  2. SandraDutton (http://MaryMaeandtheGospelTruth says:

    Thank you, Lina!
    Yes, it was very interesting working on this. And I suddenly couldn’t resist making the puppets.

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