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Now picture this
Gunn, Robin Jones, 1955-
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis, Minn. : Bethany House, 1998.
Physical Description:
167 pages ; 19 cm.
While spending all of her time corresponding with and daydreaming about her friend Paul who attends college in Scotland, Sierra Jensen finds the real world around her falling apart.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.3 6.0 41056.
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The Jensen home is overflowing with relatives and festive cheer, but Sierra just wants some time to herself!Burning in Sierra's pocket is a new letter from Paul, who is studying in Scotland. All Sierra wants to do is have time to bask in each word he's written to her--not to mention time to gaze at the photo he sent of himself. But it's Thanksgiving and her house is overflowing with relatives. So much food to prepare, so many cousins underfoot, and so little privacy!To escape from it all, Sierra becomes busy plotting ideas for gifts for Paul's birthday and Christmas. Then there's his request for a photo of her--somehow she needs to carve out time to have a spectacular picture of herself taken.But while she's keeping herself so wrapped up in Paul, Sierra begins to hear a small voice of doubt. Is it okay with God for her to ignore her family and friends and pour all her energy into this long-distance relationship? Is her relationship with Paul as picture perfect as she thinks?

Author Notes

Robin Jones Gunn grew up in Orange County, California. As a Christian author, her first book was published in 1988 and has since written over 60 books. She has been nominated for various Christian Fiction awards including two Christy awards and a Gold Medallion award. She is on the board of reference for the Christian Writers' Guild.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-Teen girls looking for answers, advice, or just wanting to know if anyone else is going through what they are should check out these books about Sierra Jensen. They have a Christian perspective, but they are not preachy in their presentation. Instead, they give readers opportunity for reflection. In Hold on Tight, Sierra is on a college-scouting trip with a van full of friends and her older brother. She discovers that while she is ready to leave high school, she might not be ready to leave the security of home and family. In Now Picture This, she begins to focus on her relationship with Paul to the exclusion of family and friends. The story addresses the issue of purity in a relationship without sermonizing and touches on how abstinence can also mean being emotionally virtuous. In both titles, the plots are lively, the characters fully developed, and the themes relevant to teens. The author replays enough of past events so that the series entries can be read out of sequence. Even though Sierra and her friends are more mature and articulate than many high school students, teens will identify with them. This series is an offshoot of Gunn's "Christy Miller" series (Bethany).-Pam Hopper Webb, Sandpoint Community Christian School, ID (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.