Oli's Uncommon Cents by Deborah Allen

From the back cover:

Through the life and death of her grandfather, 12-year-old Oli receives a pouch that holds the lives of abandoned, but unique coins, coins adopted by her grandfather—and now hers. Bearing their mint inscription, In God We Trust, Oli’s coins entrust their lives with hers as she searches for the matters of the heart.

Set in Northern Idaho, near the Clearwater Mountains, Oli’s Uncommon Cents takes readers on unique journeys. These journeys introduce Oli to people who live in the back woods until winter snows drive them out, like the wildlife, all driven by hunger; these journeys introduce Oli to those who count on the charity found in Cardboard City —and journeys among ordinary people, people with scars, some hidden, some visible, and others revealed, especially after their lives become intertwined.

Despite the tensions with her controlling, and egotistical father, she manages to venture on an exploration of her own, and what she discovers are people that her father scorns. Oli’s explorations lead to life-changing lessons, and her most profound discovery is that some things in life have greater value than they’re worth.

My thoughts:

I read this book during a few of my feeding times with Benjamin (my newborn). This book caught my interest in that the story line sort of reminded me of the book Indian in the Cupboard, which was one of my favorite stories as a child. I must say that I was very impressed with Allen's style of writing and the content of this book. I felt that the story line was believable and that I really felt for the cents and how they were living. I love that the message of the book was about the value and worth of ALL things in life and in all LIFE in life! I will be adding this book to our home library to share with my daughter and sons as they grow up.

If you are interested in more information about this book, you can find out more at Read and Write 4 Kids.
Ms. Allen is currently offering up a contest to win prizes, including a copy of Oli's Uncommon Cents! So be sure to go enter and offer her your support of her book!

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the author for the purpose of a review. All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. Thank you so very much for reviewing my book, Oli’s Uncommon Cents. You are a wonderful person and I hope to continue following your posts and being relational with you.
    I’ve mentioned you on my blog, here is the link:
    Blessings to you,
    Deborah Allen


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