Saving Cicadas is a moving story told through the eyes of eight-year-old Janie Doe Macy. She lives with her seventeen-year-old sister Rainey (who has Down’s syndrome), and her mother Priscilla. When Priscilla finds out she is pregnant, she packs up and takes her parents and two daughters on a road trip while trying to decide what to do with the baby. Janie is very supportive of her mother, despite her young age, and tries to help her mother make the right decision.
They move into the home where Priscilla grew up, and Janie learns things about her past that change her life and how she sees things.
Janie does everything she can to convince her mother to keep the child. Just before her mother has an abortion, Janie tries one last time to help Priscilla realize what she was about to do. Through this experience, Priscilla learns that every life is precious.
So many times we, like Janie, only see things that we want to see. Sometimes people have to tell us the hard truth before we realize what is really going on around us. This story also helps you realize that every life is precious, and shows how innocent young children can be. And those innocent children help adults realize what is really important in life.
This book was a gift from Thomas Nelson for its review.