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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Everyone called her Sippy; her name was Serendipity. The name fit perfectly. Sippy was eleven years old when she heard God's voice. It sort of frightened her and she asked him not to speak to her out loud again. She asked if he would send signs instead and he did, many times. Sippy's relationship with God continued into her adult years. She admitted she didn't talk to him as often as she should have but she listened when he talked and he listened to her.
The year was 1973 and several things changed that year, not only did Sippy hear God's voice for the first time she also learned the family secret; she traveled with her Aunt Jilly and grew up.
Just Sippy by Kimberly J. Coleman is one of those special books that you will never forget. Coleman is a remarkable writer. There is no way my piteous attempt at a review can ever do justice to her first book, Just Sippy. Coleman managed to capture Sippy's personality. I could have sworn she was a real person. I wanted her to be a real person. Sippy had a way of seeing the best in everything. "Want cannot be controlled. Have you ever been in a pizza place and wanted a hamburger?...That pizza place couldn't control what I wanted. But, it couldn't give me a hamburger either. Those folks up there made me the best pizza I ever had..." I'll never forget the meaning...enjoy what you have when you have it. Coleman didn't stop with Sippy's childhood; we follow her into her early thirties. I didn't want the book to stop there; Sippy's adventures obviously were not over.
Coleman took me back to the seventies: Elton John, John Lennon, Elvis, Lucy in The Sky With Diamonds and Benny and the Jets. Jilly was a bit of gypsy and a bit of a hippie. I liked her; she was a free spirit. Sippy's parents were kind, understanding and willing to allow their children to be who they were meant to be.
Coleman has mastered the art of characterization. Her plot was delightful and the editing was perfection. Coleman writes like a seasoned author. Her characters came alive on the pages and danced into my heart. Remember the name Kimberly J. Coleman, it will soon be on a best seller list.