Abigail and the Big Start Over

Abigail and the Big Start Over

Switch Schools. Make Friends. Fix All the Mess!

By Bethany McIlrath, illustrated by Katie Saunders

Fun, absorbing novel that helps kids aged 7+ to engage with the Bible as they explore what God’s grace looks like in their everyday lives.

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New house. New school. New problems!

Like many kids, adventurous and creative 9-year-old Abigail experiences lots of ups and downs when it comes to school life, making friends and getting on with parents and siblings. Through both the humorous and serious challenges that arise, Abigail finds herself in one new mess after another. But as she learns all about how Jesus forgave Peter when he messed up again and again, she sees how Jesus can forgive her too.

Readers will explore the Bible alongside Abigail and learn that God’s love for us and his grace to us never run out. So we can start over again and again!

This fun, exciting novel for kids aged 7+ features short chapters with illustrations that really bring the story to life. It explains grace in a kid-friendly way that is relevant to their lives, and it provides a great way for kids to engage with the Bible.

This is the first book in a fictional series for readers aged 7 and up that follows the adventures of 9-year-old Abigail as she figures out what faith means for her everyday life. Young readers are inspired to read the Bible, talk to God and apply what they believe to their own lives.

Includes book club kit with questions for discussion. Readers can also enjoy the same worksheets and other activities that Abigail uses in the book, which will be available for download below. Ideal for homeschool groups or book clubs.

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  • 1. Hurry Up, Headband
    2. Mrs. Hennig
    3. Don't Forget the Fishing Pole
    4. Brown, Slimy Sludge
    5. Uh Oh!
    6. Flora Flores
    7. Big Mouths
    8. A Very Good Friend
    9. Kids' Club
    10. Peter's Big Adventure
    11. Fisher of Men
    12. Nana and Grandpa's
    13. Sticky-Duct-Aids
    14. Walking on Water
    15. Greg Again
    16. We Need to Talk
    17. Adventure Central
    18. A Good Grace Story
    19. Fantastic Flora
    20. Not Such a Mess
    21. Adventuring
    22. Second Chances

    A Note from the Author

    Book Club Questions


Age range: 7 - 11
Contributors Bethany McIlrath, Katie Saunders
ISBN 9781784988982
Format Paperback
First published June 2024
Dimensions 129mm x 198mm x 15mm
Language English
Pages 208
Publisher The Good Book Company
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