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Mary Mae and the Gospel Truth

by Sandra Dutton

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Mary Mae and the Gospel Truth by Sandra Dutton

“Dutton sensitively navigates the sticky debate between creationism and evolution . . .”

Publishers Weekly, *Starred* Review

“It is both a lovely coming-of-age story and a lesson in respect between religion and science.”

School Library Journal

“Very few books for this age group tackle religious subjects as this one does, in a way that shows respect for all sides.”

Kirkus Reviews

“I could tell the moment I opened the cover of this book that Sandra Dutton was penning a pitch-perfect tale.”

David Crumm, www.ReadtheSpirit.com (http://www NULL.readthespirit NULL.com/)

“. . . a celebration of the wonderful intricacy of the natural world, with acknowledgment of the different ways people can approach that celebration.”

Project MUSE, Johns Hopkins University

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.

School Library Journal describes the book as a “lovely coming-of-age story and a lesson in respect between religion and science.” And Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, says “Dutton sensitvely navigates the sticky debate between creationism and evolution.”

Dutton was born in Springfield, Missouri, and has lived in Louisville, Kentucky. She has two grown sons and lives with her husband in Maine. You can visit Sandra Dutton at www.MaryMaeandtheGospelTruth.com and www.SandraDutton.com (http://www NULL.sandradutton NULL.com/).

For more information or to arrange an author interview, please contact SANDRA DUTTON at (207) 633-3271 or (207) 350-6098.

www.MaryMaeandtheGospelTruth.com (http://www NULL.MaryMaeandtheGospelTruth NULL.com), or www.SandraDutton.com (http://www NULL.SandraDutton NULL.com); sjsdutton@hotmail.com (sjsdutton null@null hotmail NULL.com)

MARY MAE AND THE GOSPEL TRUTH

June 2010

ISBN 978-0-547-24966-7

Recomended for ages 8 & up

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