MS Review – The Heliuna Academy – young adult fiction

Belew, Bill & Mia. The Heliuna Academy. 2019.

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A loving instructor in a foreign land. Can she revolutionize the lives of her poor pupils?

Aimi Wilby believes in overcoming the odds. Traveling to India with the Peace Corps, the newly graduated teacher is determined to share all the wisdom she can with her young students. And not even a deadly jungle will stop her from helping these abandoned children.

Proud to be sharing the beauty of books and learning with the underprivileged youth, Aimi is struck by their surprising similarities to her time in a struggling Silicon Valley-area school. But her lesson plan may be ripped to shreds when a vicious tiger wanders into their compound… and attacks.

Will Aimi’s earnest intentions survive sudden danger?

The Heliuna Academy is the true-to-life first book in the Growing Up Aimi middle grade fiction series. If you like honest characters, beautiful twists, and Christian themes, then you’ll love father-daughter writing duo Bill & Mia Belew’s wonderful tale.

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My Review

The Heliuna Academy is book 2 in the Growing Up Aimee series by father – daughter team Bill and Mia Belew. Written as a frame tale, I found this title much easier to read than the first book in the series. 

In The Heliuna Academy, Aimee is grown and serving the Peace Corp in India. It appears she is the only teacher for 600 abandoned children. It also appears that prior to arriving in India she wrote a book about her sixth grade year of school, which immediately follows book 1 in the series. I was disappointed that it is a whole new cast of characters until near the end when Aimee’s friends from book one show up briefly. Each chapter starts with Miss A reading a chapter from the book about Aimee and her friends in their American school and ends with a journal entry detailing Miss A’s life at the children’s home. 

With the discussion questions at the end of each chapter, The Heliuna Academy would be a good addition to a homeschool curriculum. It would also work for  a middle school book club or literature circle. 

The Heliuna Academy would be a good addition to a K-12 Christian school library. It is appropriate for upper elementary and middle school students. 

I received a complimentary copy of The Heliuna Academy. This is my honest review. 

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