"Lily and the Creep" is a humorous fiction book for ages 8-12. This definitely is a book with a message to it, and Lily's bound and determined to learn it the most difficult way possible. It's a Christian message, but the story isn't condescending or preachy.
I got this book for a young friend who just turned 12-years-old. She feels like she's picked on a lot at school, though I've seen that sometimes she's the one who starts the trouble. I thought this book might help.
I liked the characters, and it kept me (an adult) reading straight through to the end because I wanted to find out how she got out of all her scraps. My young friend also enjoyed it. By the end, Lily's learned about God-esteem (rather than self-esteem) and has started to relate better to Shad even if they aren't exactly friends.
Overall, I'd recommend this well-written book to Christian kids, especially those who feel like they're teased a lot at school.
Review by Debbie from Genre Reviews (genrereviews . blogspot . com)