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Adriana's Angels

Ruth Goring, Author
Erika Meza, Illustrator


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Two angels, Milagros (Miracles) and Alegría (Joy), wield their protective power surreptitiously and sometimes with a hint of humor, listening constantly for God’s direction as they watch over a little girl named Adriana. Adriana and her family are forced to flee their home in Colombia and start a new life in Chicago. Throughout difficult times, big transitions, and the ordinary moments of childhood, Adriana’s angels whisper messages of God’s love and presence.
Adriana’s Angels encourages faith, wonder, and compassion. Many children who read or hear this story will grow in empathy toward refugee and other immigrant peers. Their sense of God’s attentive care will deepen, particularly as they witness the angels’ ministry to Adriana while she sleeps. Children who have experienced trauma often relive it unconsciously at night—which is why the Spirit’s mysterious healing work in sleep is so important.
Los ángeles de Adriana (the Spanish version of Adriana's Angels) is a 2017 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards winner—a contest intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children's books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading.

Ruth Goring grew up in a large, lively missionary family in Colombia. In recent years she has provided accompaniment and advocacy to peace communities in that country. Currently she serves on the board of Colombia Vive Chicago. She has published two books of poetry, Soap Is Political (Glass Lyre) and Yellow Doors (WordFarm), and several Bible study guides, including Heart Renewal (WaterBrook) and Singleness (InterVarsity Press). Ruth is a senior manuscript editor at University of Chicago Press and teaches in the Graham School’s editing certificate program.
Born in 1986 in Morelia, Michoacán, México, Erika Meza is a self-taught Illustrator living in England. She creates utopias and detailed dreams strongly influenced by her enthusiasm for color, her fascination for animation, and the nostalgia of children’s books. Her themes are born out of the exploration of her migrant essence, her bittersweet relationship with change, and her attachment to innocence and curiosity. In her spare time, she enjoys sketching people, overhearing conversations, drinking coffee, and tweeting about it.
Adriana’s Angels is available in both English and in Spanish as Los ángeles de Adriana. 

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  • ISBN 9781506418322
  • Age Preschool (3-5 years); Early Grades (5-8 years)
  • Format Picture Book
  • Dimensions 10 x 10
  • Pages 32
  • Publication Date September 12, 2017