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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.

Plot Summary

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.

Christian Beliefs

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.

Authority Roles

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


Profanity/Graphic Violence



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.



Discussion Topics

If your children have read this book or someone has read it to them, consider these discussion topics:

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