Millie's Unsettled Season
A book review for parents
This first historical fiction book in the "A Life of Faith: Millie Keith" series based on the classic novel by Martha Finley is published by Zonderkidz.
Millie's Unsettled Season is written for kids ages 10 to 14. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.
In 1833, the Keith family moves to a small town in Indiana. Twelve-year-old Millie is the oldest of eight children. She gives up her school and social life to work alongside her parents and Aunt Wealthy as they transform an old warehouse into a home. Meanwhile, she makes friends with the girls of the town and learns that she has the heart of a teacher. Most importantly, she sees that Jesus can use her sacrificial giving to help others in important ways.
The Keith family members are strong believers. They go to church regularly and pray at home. Millie prays for God's guidance in all circumstances and believes the promises of the Bible. Millie is committed to sharing the joy of following God with her friends and presents a Bible to one of them as a Christmas gift. In their travels, the family witnesses one man committing his life to Christ because of Millie's witness.
Millie's father is a strong, gentle, godly man who leads his family using Christian principles and in God's love. The family respects Mr. Keith and they go to him with their problems. Mr. and Mrs. Keith pull their young daughters out of Miss Drybread's school when they learn that she is abusing her role as a teacher.
Other Belief Systems
Millie's friends are interested in boys, and some of them have crushes. The young people only see each other at chaperoned events, however, and the attitude of the young men is respectful and protective.
If your children have read this book or someone has read it to them, consider these discussion topics:
- What drives Millie's passion for sharing God's love with her friends?
Do you have that kind of passion?
In what way can you show God's love to the people around you?
Why is showing God's love to others difficult sometimes?
- What sacrifices do the Keiths make in their move to Indiana?
What does Millie give up to help her family?
Do you think that is difficult to do?
What have you had to sacrifice to follow God?
What was your attitude?
How did your life change?
How can you be better prepared to handle change in the future?
- How are the prejudices and actions of Helen and Lu detrimental to Millie's witness?
What things have hindered your witness?
How can you overcome these obstacles?
- How might Miss Drybread have made a positive impact on Rhoda Jane's family?
Why does Miss Drybread have such a negative attitude about God?
How does Miss Drybread's attitude make you feel about her?
Does she need compassion?
Does Rhoda Jane need compassion?
Is there someone in your own life who needs to be shown compassion?
What are some ways you can demonstrate kindness to someone in need?
What does God's Word say about compassion?
Book reviews cover the content, themes and worldviews of fiction books, not their literary merit, and equip parents to decide whether a book is appropriate for their children. A book's inclusion does not constitute an endorsement by Focus on the Family.