Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Notes From A Spinning Planet: Papua New Guinea

Carlson, Melody. 2007. Notes From A Spinning Planet: Papua New Guinea.

Maddie is back for another adventure. This time Aunt Sid is taking her along for the ride to New Guinea. Their assignment: go behind the scenes to explore the poverty and AIDS stricken communities that most people are either unaware of or choose to ignore because it's such an ugly situation. For the first time, Maddie comes face to face with people living in third-world communities. Poverty. Sickness. Hunger. No longer topics heard about in a cozy church environment. These are real problems that need real solutions. Can Maddie find the strength to reach out to those that need God's love the most? Has she finally found God's will for her life?

Notes From A Spinning Planet is a new series by Melody Carlson. Carlson is also the author of several other series including the following: Diary of A Teenage Girl, TrueColors, Degrees of Betrayal, and Degrees of Guilt. The next Notes From A Spinning Planet title will be released in August 2007.

What I enjoyed about the series is its look at world politics. It is a series about expanding your world view and examining cultures beyond your comfort zone. These may be political issues, economic issues, social issues, etc. But I think there is a real need to see beyond your own neighborhood and realize the bigger pictures in life.

Randomhouse Author Bio: Melody Carlson