A Friend at Midnight
Lily is home babysitting her baby stepbrother when she answers the phone. She has no idea the extent to which her faith in God will be tested. There is no choice for Lily. She will rescue Michael, but will she be able to rescue herself from the bitterness and anger she feels?
Eight-year-old Michael decided he would be better off living with his father rather than in the messy house where his two sisters, mom, stepfather, and half brother live. Unfortunately for Michael, he doesn't fit into his dad's plans, and after two and a half weeks his dad leaves him stranded at the airport with no money, none of his things, and no ticket back home. He calls Lily, his 15-year-old sister to help get him home. Lily flies down to get Michael with their two-year-old step brother in tow and promises Michael that she will not tell anyone what happened.
Over the next year Lily has to deal with her rage at her father for doing such a horrible thing to Michael and the pressure of keeping it a secret. Michael has to deal with the feeling that he is not good enough for his father's love and the pain of having no contact with him.
Although the situation that spurs the book seems a little implausible (even if Michael's father really would have left an eight-year-old boy at the airport by himself, would it have remained a secret?) the story is good and Lily is a relatable character. Lily does talk and think a lot about religion (specifically, Christianity) but this theme is not too heavy-handed.