In Hope Girl, by Wendy Dunham, 12-year-old River's has definite thoughts about how her life should turn out, and that definitely does not include any of the challenges that keep popping up. It's not easy to decide if she should live with Gram, who has been her family for the past 10 years, or her birth father, who she's over-the-moon to have just met, but knows little about. And when River is diagnosed with a condition that could impact her hopes and dreams and future, she feels overwhelmed and bewildered. That's when River asks God for help and decides to trust him with her dreams. Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years.