Book Review (and a Giveaway!): The Minor Miracle by Meredith Davis

Posted May 9, 2024 by meezcarrie in Book Review, children, Christian, giveaway, Meredith Davis, middle grade / 15 Comments

The Minor Miracle book review

The Minor Miracle by Meredith DavisTHE MINOR MIRACLE by Meredith Davis
Billy Yong
The Amazing Adventures of Noah Minor #1

GENRE: Middle Grade Superhero/Spy Fiction (Christian)
RELEASE DATE: May 7, 2024
PAGES: 272

What happens when a seemingly average seventh grader discovers he has superpowers . . . and then realizes his life just got super complicated? Find out in this action-packed adventure perfect for young readers.

“A spectacular new superhero.”—Kathi Appelt, Newbery honoree and National Book Award finalist

As a baby, Noah Minor miraculously—and mysteriously—survived a fall from a sixteen-story balcony. But ever since then, Noah’s life has been pretty boring.

As he enters seventh grade, Noah is hoping to be less ordinary and more extraordinary, like his best friends, trumpet prodigy Rodney and the practically perfect Haley. So Noah’s sure his star is on the rise when during a standard vision test, he learns he can manipulate gravity and is recruited to train with Gravitas, a top-secret government agency!

Noah thinks his life will now be awesome, but instead, he has a whole new set of problems. The biggest one: His great-uncle Saul is on Gravitas’s most-wanted list . . . but might also be the only person who can help Noah reach his full potential.

Spy Kids meets Marvel and XMen in this new middle grade/middle school novel from Meredith Davis!

Seventh grader Noah Minor made headlines as a baby when he miraculously survived a fall from a sixteen story building, but other than ‘The Cling’ (which activates in moments of high emotion & involves his clothes or blankets/sheets clinging to him like shrink wrap) he’s been basically ordinary ever since. Just like his best friends, trumpet-playing Rodney and planner-at-the-ready Haley. He loves comic books and superheroes though, so he’s initially ecstatic to learn that he can actually manipulate gravity and that a top-secret government agency wants to train him to use his powers to help save the world. Being a superhero/spy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, though, and Noah faces a lot of hard work and several startling surprises too!

This is a great book for young readers who love graphic novels, thanks to the comic-style illustrations from Billy Yong and the bolded/enlarged onomatopoeia in the text. Which also means if you’re a teacher/librarian or parent who wants to help your student transition from strictly graphic novels to longer chapter books, The Minor Miracle fits the bill nicely. Along with the fun story, middle grade & middle school kiddos will encounter truth about friendship, integrity, perseverance, self control, and living bravely. I also enjoyed how the superpowers that Gravitas harnesses are a mix of science & imagination, and I can easily see how that could encourage the reader to explore further knowledge in physics and space sciences on their own.

Bottom Line: Humor, heart, and super heroics – along with some great life lessons – await young readers on the pages of The Minor Miracle by Meredith Davis. Noah, Haley, and Rodney are a terrific trio of friends, and they navigate some crazy things in the most important way – together. The scattered illustrations from Billy Yong add to the comic book vibes and I thought they were really fun. Boys in particular will enjoy the middle school humor, but this story will appeal to girls too, especially those who dream of being Carmen Cortez or Storm or even Hermione Granger. I am excited to hear that a second book is on the way, and I hope for a variety of reasons that Rodney gets his own adventure (that he’ll remember) this time.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / enjoyed it!

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Meredith Davis
Photo credit: Courtney Cope

Meredith Davis is the author of THE MINOR MIRACLE and THE MINOR RESCUE (Waterbrook, 2024/25) and co-author of HER OWN TWO FEET: A RWANDAN GIRL’S BRAVE FIGHT TO WALK (Scholastic, 2019). She once worked at an independent children’s bookstore, started the Austin Chapter of SCBWI, and earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults at VCFA. Her superpowers include reading, grandmothering, and finding ways to fit more books in her Austin, Texas home. Connect with Meredith at her website.

Billy Yong

Billy Yong is an illustrator and character designer. Since starting out he has drawn storyboards, done visual development, and even voice acted for animation, games, and children’s books. Outside of his professional doodlings, he can be found in a cafe, drawing or painting in his sketchbook, developing his personal projects, or teaching Japanese swordsmanship in the dojo. Billy currently lives in sunny Singapore. Connect with Billy on his website.

The Minor Miracle giveaway

WaterBrook is offering a print copy of The Minor Miracle by Meredith Davis to TWO of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to get The Minor Miracle by Meredith Davis for a middle grade / middle school reader in your life – or read it for yourself?

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15 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): The Minor Miracle by Meredith Davis

    • Melissa Naga

      I have 2 kids who have begun to ONLY choose graphic novels. I feel this story line along with the illustrations would grab my son’s attention and get him reading again.

  1. I am a grandmother and after reading the book excerpt I would like to read this book-I will also share this book with my grand daughter-(after I read it first )

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