His Gift by Joan C. Benson tells the inspirational story of a gifted teenage concert pianist. Molly has entered a competition sponsored by the Detroit Symphony in the fateful fall of 1929. Can she compete with all the other skilled young people? Might she even win?

Molly’s tale is full of ups and downs as her plans come crashing down along with the stock market. Her family must move from Detroit to Chicago for her father to find work. Her grand piano is sold to make ends meet. Her friends are far away. But her parents still love her, and through it all she learns to lean on the Lord.

This story, based on a true story, models Christian faith in the midst of adversity. Christian families will be happy to find a well-written, faith-based young adult book. Five stars: *****

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