A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue
Myhre, J. A.
“Myhres delightful and fast-paced story brings readers to the unfamiliar to explore the familiar. It is spiritual without being religious; and important without being self-important. Myhre offers in both Kiisa and her father, Mugisa, compelling characters who model courage and humility and make us care about them and their choices; what happens in the story really matters (at many levels). This work of magical spiritual realism is true in the most important sense of that word.”See All
Author of the medieval historical novel The Rood and the Torc: The Song of Kristinge, Son of Finn and the fantasy novel The Gifted: Volume 1 of the Daegmon War, as well as numerous works about fantasy literature and ecology
“Another delightful gospel-tinged story from Jennifer Myhre. Her storytelling is enchanting. You wont be disappointed!”See All
Paul E. Miller
Author of A Praying Life and A Loving Life
“After reading A Chameleon, a Boy, and a Quest, I was eagerly anticipating, and then very excited to see, the arrival of A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue. Here is another delightful tale from Jennifer Myhre, full of adventure, surprise, and a wonderfully compelling picture of emerging friendship. There is plenty of excitement here to keep our full attention as we witness the awakening of bravery and the beauty of selflessness. A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue both captivates and teaches. Find a cozy chair and enjoy!”See All
Senior Pastor, CrossWay Community Church, Bristol, Wisconsin
“The geography, tumult, and humanity of Africa loom large in this second installment in J. A. Myhres The Rwendigo Tales. Myhre ably brings to life for young adult readers the wild wonder of the continent, and so much more. As the reluctant boarding schoolgirl Kiisa takes a leap of faith, we join in her breathless rescue involving sacrifice and reconciliationplus one fearless monkey.”See All
Senior editor, World magazine; author of They Say We Are Infidels
“Having lived and worked in rural Africa for many years, I appreciate Jennifers poignant use of allegory to draw the reader into the wonder, beauty and sadness of life experienced by Kiisa. With vivid detail, you are quickly drawn into and captivated by Kiisas adventures. Dont be fooled to think this is just a nice childrens bookit is a powerful read for anyone at any age.”See All
Executive Director, Serge
“Kids love adventure stories. A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue will have them begging you to read the next chapter, and each one seemed to hold a surprisea great family bedtime story.”See All
Family Pastor; author of The Ology, The Gospel Story Bible, Long Story Short, and other gospel-rich resources for families
“Dr. Jennifer Myhres stories are birthed from the African outpost where her husband and family have shared their lives, skills, and hearts for the cause of the Christ. Each account, written so that her own family would embrace and rejoice in the power of the gospel, is told in engaging narrative fiction but also rings true with deep knowledge of the African experience and biblical hope for all nations.”See All
Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, IL
“Jennifer Myhres grasp of Gods grace and gift of writing are a marriage made in heaven. A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescuethe second entry in her The Rwendigo Tales seriesis a feast of imagination-fueling, heart-engaging, gospel storytelling. If Jennifers original audience was children and teenagers, then Im not as old as my birth certificate indicates. Ill recommend this book to friends of every age. Thank you, my sister, for giving us an honest, formula-free, reflection on the gospel of the kingdom, birthed from your own tears, journey, and hope-filled heart.”See All
Teacher in Residence, West End Community Church, Nashville, TN
“A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue by Jennifer Myhre captures life in an African school in vivid detail. A mysterious bird befriends Kiisa, the new girl in school, when she feels most alone. More than just a story about school and soccer and adventure, the book also explores universal themes like self-confidence, standing up for friends, and forgiveness. Worth reading for parents and kids alike.”See All
Editor of Old Africa magazine; author of nine childrens books.
“Much of the beauty of fiction is its unique ability to transport us to places we have never been so we can enjoy experiences through the eyes, hands, and minds of fictional characters. J. A. Myhres novels invite boys and girls to embark on distinctly African adventures that are as exciting as they are instructive. I think your childrenand perhaps also their parentswill love them.”See All
Author; blogger at challies.com
“A childrens book is a gem if it enables a child to journey into a bigger world, and a prize if it woos an adult to return to being a child. This book is an enthralling story that weaves myth, fantasy, and harsh truth about living in the world while also conveying what it means to become a person of character in a hostile terrain. As the father of two girls and two granddaughters, I am especially happy to have a story that magnifies the resilience, courage, savvy, and playfulness of a girl who embodies what it means to grow in wisdom. I love this story and cant wait to read this prize to my grandchildren.”See All
Dan B. Allender
Professor of Counseling Psychology and Founding President, The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology
Eleven-year-old Kiisa had no idea why her parents would send her away to boarding school. She wondered why they couldn’t all stay together in their beautiful African valley home. But no matter what she said they were firm: she must go, and she must go to this school.
As she said a tearful goodbye to her father, he whispered, “For such a time as this. . . . Remember that phrase, and try to open your trunk soon. You’ll find something unexpected inside.” When Kiisa opened the trunk, she was astonished to find a small heap of black and white feathers that quickly unfolded into a little bird, a wagtail to be exact. Her surprise only deepened when the bird started to speak, ”My name is Njili. I am one of the Messengers, though a small one. I have been sent to assist you with the Rescue.” Kiisa had no idea what she meant, but she would soon find out.
Join Kiisa on the adventure of a lifetime—a dangerous rescue mission that includes rebels, stolen girls, illegal logging, a hungry cobra, and more messengers who help in unexpected ways. Kiisa sets out to rescue others, but finds herself rescued from fear and bitterness as she learns that bravery is nothing more (or less) than being in the right place at the right time and taking action despite her fears.
This page-turning story, the second in The Rwendigo Tales (A Chameleon, a Boy, and a Quest is the first book), is an adventure that children, young adults, and even full-grown adults will not be able to put down. A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue creatively and convincingly explores universal themes like family, forgiveness, bullying, and courage by blending magical realism and compelling storytelling. Written by a long-time medical missionary to Africa and featuring realistic pen and ink illustrations, it draws first-world readers into another (equally real) world—where young girls are captured by rebel soldiers, terrorism is a way of life, and environmental resources are exploited without a second thought. As Myhre’s characters deal with these real-life issues in the news, readers of all ages will gain a deeper interest in global human concerns.
Designed for eight-to fourteen-year-old youth.