CAKE - Love, Chickens and a Taste of Peculiar 
More than frosting filled those cakes…
When Wilma Sue arrives at her new foster home, she keeps her head down as usual, anticipating the next move. But strange things are happening at the home of the oddball sisters, Ruth and Naomi. Was that really a goldfish swimming in the lemonade? Did butterflies really come out of the cake? As Wilma Sue bakes and delivers cakes, she begins to wonder if she might truly be welcomed into this “home,” as Ruth and Naomi keep insisting. Just as her heart begins to soften, a string of neighborhood crimes point to Wilma Sue. Will the sisters turn her out, or will she get her own much-needed dose of love, trust, and faith?

Cake receives coveted Kirkus Star review!


Can an oft-rejected orphan settle into the stable, loving home of a pair of gentle sisters who are retired missionaries to Africa?
Twelve-year-old Wilma Sue’s been bounced from home to home in her short life. Now it’s hard for her to believe she even deserves a real home. In a winsomely attractive first-person narration, she relates her growing wonder with Ruth, a social activist, and Naomi, who bakes cakes that are somehow infused with magic. Naomi brings the cakes to deserving members of their tightknit community, each confection perfectly matched to its needy recipient. The sisters also keep chickens that move from being Wilma Sue’s responsibility to her calling. Penny, a girl who lives just down the street seems like the only obstruction to happiness. In many ways, she is more damaged than Wilma Sue, struggling to satisfy her widowed mother’s unmet needs, an impossible task. Magnin maintains a delicate balance between a fablelike fantasy and reality fiction as Wilma Sue gradually discovers that not only is she eminently worthy of love, but that she can also help the people around her by loving them. Wilma’s captivating, clever language and short declarative sentences perfectly exemplify her wary but reverential view of the world.

Be sure to check out the quirky characters living in Brights Pond. You'll meet Agnes Sparrow, of course, her sister Griselda, Studebaker Kowalski, Ruth Knickerbocker, Ivy Slocum and a bunch of other people just trying to get from one end of the day to the other without totally losing their minds or their faith.

The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow was named one of the top five novels of 2009 by Library Journal

Join Harriet Beamer as she redefines and rediscovers her self and her faith. IN the first book she travels cross-country via bus, train and helicopter and sometimes on foot often relying on the kindness of strangers. Follow Harriet has she learns what it means to feel God's pleasure in her life and collect more salt and pepper shakers to add to her massive collection.