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Christy Miller Collection, Volume 1

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Christy Miller Collection, Volume 1

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The first nine books in the popular Christy Miller series are now available in three treasured volumes! Bestselling author Robin Jones Gunn packs each one with enough action, romance, and drama to...
The first nine books in the popular Christy Miller series are now available in three treasured volumes! Bestselling author Robin Jones Gunn packs each one with enough action, romance, and drama to...
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  • The first nine books in the popular Christy Miller series are now available in three treasured volumes!

    Bestselling author Robin Jones Gunn packs each one with enough action, romance, and drama to keep you reading and wanting more. It all starts the summer Christy vacations on a California beach and meets two friends who change her life forever. But after moving across the country with her family, Christy must begin her sophomore year of high school uncertain where she'll fit in. A red-headed new best friend, a try at cheerleading, a job at a pet store, and expectations for the prom fill Christy's high school years with a string of laughter-and-tears moments. Fireball Katie keeps everyone guessing what she'll do next, and surfer Todd keeps showing up while popular Rick has determined to get her full attention! As these memorable years unfold, Christy and her God-loving friends find out what it means to be a "peculiar treasure." Follow Christy Miller as she stays true to her identity in Christ, drawing closer to God for help in realizing her dreams and dealing with her disappointments.

    Whether you're meeting her for the first time or have known her for years--

    Christy Is a Forever Friend

    Summer Promise

    Fourteen-year-old Christy Miller has the dream summer ahead of her in sun-kissed California, staying with her aunt and uncle at their beachfront home. Aunt Marti loves to shop, and those surfers are cute--especially Todd. Christy promised her parents she wouldn't do anything she'd regret later, and some of her beach friends are a little wild. But Todd and his "God-Lover" friends are giving Christy a new image of all things eternal. Can this summer live up to its promise?

    A Whisper and a Wish

    Christy's family has moved to California just in time for her sophomore year of high school. But they're not in Newport Beach, where she spent the summer. Instead they're an hour and a half away and Christy has to start all over making friends. Despite an embarrassing escapade at a slumber party, things are going pretty well...until some midnight fun leads to a trip to the police station. Does God really hear every whisper? Does He know our every wish? Then why is it so hard to know who your friends really are?

    Yours Forever

    Christy is back at Aunt Marti and Uncle Bob's house on the beach for the entire week between Christmas and New Year's...and Todd is in town, too! The cute surfer completely captured Christy's heart last summer, and she's eager to spend every possible minute with him. But soon Christy and her aunt are barely speaking, and it seems like all her friends are mad at her, too--including Todd! Is he hers or isn't he? And why would God let things get so tangled?

    Story Behind the Book

    "The Christy Miller series was actually born when a group of thirteen-year-olds challenged me to write a novel. I'd been questioning the content of their favorite books when they said, 'Why don't you write a book for us?' I told them no, I only wrote picture books. But they persisted: 'How hard could it be? We'll even tell you what to write! We want a love story with teenagers at the beach.' And there you go. Summer Promise first released seventeen years ago and is now translated into five languages. I continue to hear from readers all over the world, many girls saying that they gave their life to Christ after reading Summer Promise. I love that!"

    --Robin Jones Gunn

    From the Hardcover edition.

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  • From the book Off to a Bad Start1

    "I hate you! I hate you!" Christy Miller shouted at her reflection in the closet-door mirror. With a wild grrrr she wadded up her beach towel and heaved it at the mirror, watching it wobble and distort her lanky proportions.

    "Christy darling?" came a shrill voice from the hallway. "Are you back from the beach so soon?"

    "Yes, Aunt Marti." Christy grabbed a brush and pretended to be untangling her long, nutmeg-brown hair.

    Her aunt, a slim, stylish woman in her forties, opened the guest room door and looked around. "What was all the commotion? Who were you talking to?"

    "Nobody. Just myself," Christy answered calmly, trying to suppress the volcano of fiery emotions boiling within her.

    "Why aren't you out on the beach, dear? It's a gorgeous day, and here you sit in your room, talking to yourself."

    Aunt Marti dramatically pointed her acrylic fingernail toward the door. "You should be out there enjoying yourself!"

    Christy bit her quivering lip and didn't answer.

    "This is California. Live a little! We didn't fly you all the way from Wisconsin so you could spend the summer hiding in your room. Get out there and make some friends."

    Suddenly the internal volcano erupted with great force, spewing words with the hot tears. "I tried, all right?" Christy choked. "I tried to get in with some of the beach kids, but they're all a bunch of snobs! I can't stand them! They're rude and mean, and they laughed at me." Christy covered her face with her hands; the tears oozed through her fingers.

    "I had no idea!" Her aunt switched tones and ushered Christy to the edge of the bed. There, there. Tell me what's bothering you, dear."

    It took Christy a few minutes to compose herself before she said calmly, "I don't fit in with the people here. They think I'm a nerd."

    "Well, are you?" her aunt challenged.

    "Am I what?"

    "A nerd."

    Christy didn't answer. She stared across the room at her reflection in the mirror.

    "Well?" her aunt prodded.

    "Look at me, Aunt Martha!" Christy jumped up from the bed and stood in front of her. "I'm as white as a frosty cone--sort of shaped like one too! If that doesn't make me a nerd in Newport Beach, I don't know what does!"

    "Really, Christy. A frosty cone?"

    "Well, look at me." Christy stretched out her arms to provide a full view of her 5-foot-5-inch, 110-pound frame. Her one-piece bathing suit covered her Olive Oyl torso like a bright green Ace bandage.

    "Tell me I don't look like a frosty cone."

    "You don't look like a frosty cone."

    "You're just saying that." Christy plopped on the floor and folded her arms across her stomach.

    "Oh, come now, Christy. You might be a bit of a late bloomer, but really, you're a very sweet girl, and you've got a lot of potential."

    "Yeah, right. Tell that to the surfers out there. The one who said, 'Hey! It's a walking green bean.'"

    Her aunt looked confused. "What's that supposed to mean?"

    Christy let the tears drip and sniffed loudly. "Don't you see?"

    "I see that you got upset over a little remark about a green bean. That doesn't make sense at all."

    "They meant me, Aunt Marti! No other girl on the beach had on a bathing suit like this ugly one! I'm the walking green bean!"

    Christy covered her face with her hands and cried until the tears ran down her arms. It was the kind of crying that comes from the pit of the stomach and brings a headache with it. The kind that makes a person snort and gasp, and no matter how idiotic you feel or how hard you try, you can't stop.

    "Do calm yourself, will...
About the Author-
  • Robin Jones Gunn is the bestselling, award-winning author of sixty books with 2.75 million copies sold worldwide. She began writing novels for teens, including the Christy Miller series, after serving in full-time youth ministry for over twenty years with her husband, Ross. She has taught at writers' conferences and been a guest speaker for a variety of groups in settings from Hawaii to Helsinki. Robin and Ross have been married for twenty-eight years and have a grown son and daughter. They live near Portland, Oregon.

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