I understand that Nicole Sietz’s books are not everyone’s cup of tea. I for one love them. They are a little off center and I think that is why I like them. They make you think about different subjects. In Saving Cicadas she takes on the subject of Abortion. Not an easy topic for anyone.
How do you explain Abortion to an 8 1/2 year old? It is a concept most adults don’t understand. So when Janie Dae Macy’s mother finds out she is pregnant again, Janie doesn’t understand that there is a third way to take care of things. She only counts two. Keeping the baby or give it up for adoption. She even makes a list to help her mother see the pros and cons of both.
Janie’s older sister is convinced that Mama is carrying baby Jesus in her tummy. Rainey has Down’s Syndrome and she is just excited that there will be another baby in their house soon.
Mama decides she needs some space and she goes looking for the girl’s father and winds up in her hometown, where her family still owns a house. They move in and things seem to be looking up. They all settle into a routine and Janie and Rainey await the arrival of their new sibling. That is until Janie finds out Mama is considering Abortion.
I don’t dare go any farther as I am afraid of giving it all away. This is not a murder mystery, but it does have a couple good twists. I did like it a great deal, even though there were a couple times I wondered where Nicole was going with it all. She tells an interesting and thought-provoking story. It will not be for everyone and I can see where there will be church libraries that will have some problems with it.
I do want to add, Nicole is not in favor of Abortion. That is not what would be the objections, but I can’t say what they are for those who want to read it. If you are really want to know for the library, let me know and I can give you a better idea of what is going on in the book.