Faith, Family, Love and Reviews

Book Review: Callie’s Contest of Courage by Jan May (and giveaway)

on September 26, 2014

About the Book:


Eleven-year-old Callie Fleming is a passionate animal lover! She’s been waiting all year to enter photos in the I Love Nature Photo Contest. Her dad, who is the coolest dad in the world, is an award winning photographer and Marine Corps Reserves Sergeant. She is leaning on his help to win. But when her father is untimely deployed overseas and becomes strangely silent to her emails, she finds her whole world crashing down on her. Can she muster up the courage to step out on a journey that whisks her away from all the things she loves? Join Callie on a journey of hope, trust and the power of prayer!


Visit the New Millenneium Girls website to find out how to purchase your own copy of Callie’s Contest of Courage for $7.95 plus shipping and handling.




About the literature study:

Filled with faith building discussion questions, vocabulary
exercises and language arts and fun activities. Perfect for Book Clubs or individual studies.


You can purchase it soon for $8.95 or it’s free for a limited time when you sign up for the newsletter at the New Millennium Girls website.




My Opinion:


I had the chance to review Jan May’s other girl focused book, Isabel’s Secret, two years ago so when Jan contacted me about reading and reviewing Callie’s Contest of Courage I knew I had to accept.  Jan writes the New Millennium Girls series for girls of the ages 8 to 12 years old but if your older daughter is looking for an easy, inspiring read then she’d probably enjoy it too – I know I did but I won’t disclose my age in this review!  She desires to have books for girls who love God and want to honor Him, so her books are big on faith – if you want a book that a non-Christian could read this isn’t your book and I love that about this, I think there may be even more faith in Callie’s book than there was in Isabel’s, there simply aren’t enough Biblical girl books for girls to enjoy.  Since Callie’s dad is in the service I thought maybe we’d be dealing with the harsh reality of war and death, thankfully that wasn’t tackled in this book, but faith was – everyone had faith that Callie’s dad would come back to them.  I don’t want to give too many spoilers so I won’t divulge too much here, but this book was a great read and even had a little bit of suspense but not so much that my very sensitive 10 year old would be scared.


I was also give the 74 page literature guide to go along with Callie’s Contest of Courage – normally I feel that I just want my children to enjoy reading and so adding in more school takes away from that, however, this literature guide makes things fun and not so school-like.  Each chapter in the book is also in the study guide with literature focus questions, discussion questions and an activity (this could be writing out and memorizing a Bible verse, mapping and more).  To save on ink I’d suggest only printing what you need and either discuss all the questions including the literature focus ones out loud or on a separate sheet of paper.  There isn’t an answer key but the book is an easy read so moms and dads could easily read it to make sure they can discuss and check their child’s work.  This is a great tie-in and will make the lessons in the book come a bit more alive and understandable for children instead of just reading the book and forgetting it.


Jan also has something for boys, Spies of the Revolutionary War writing and lapbook study – although I’d think girls might be interested to especially if they are currently studying this time period or maybe know of a great grandparent who served.  The New Millennium Girls website is chock-full of extras such as other writing curricula for all ages, a homeschool resource page with links to writing contests, free writing prompts and more, so check that out and it’s free.  Also be sure to visit the bookstore where you can purchase books and curricula easily and check out Jan blog’s where she writes more on writing, homeschooling and Jesus.



(c) 2014, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws



This giveaway is open to anyone in the continental U.S. who is 18 years old and over!  All entries will be verified!  The contest will end on 10/6/14.  Click on the link below, it might work better if you right click and open in a new tab so you can come back to my blog to comment.

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2 responses to “Book Review: Callie’s Contest of Courage by Jan May (and giveaway)

  1. Jennifer F says:

    This sound like a book that my daughter would love! She’s very into animals and art.

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