top of page

The Girl with a Gift

girlwithagift front2-2.jpg

Winner of an Earth Monastery Grant from Abbey of the Arts!

​​My six-year-old sister is a miracle worker.

It's awesome and it sucks.

It's also scary.

And it changes everything.

Carmina is a teenager whose younger sister, Mariana, has a gift, though some might call it a curse. When miracles and other strange things begin happening with children, animals, and even the weather, Carmina’s world is thrown upside down. No longer can she rely on math and science to save her. Carmina has to put aside her fears—both real and imagined, question her doubts about her family’s beliefs, and take a leap into the unknown. 

But as disaster looms and Carmina tries to protect Mariana from the inevitable, she finds she is at the mercy of forces beyond her control. It will take everything Carmina has to be true to herself and discover her own path. This is a remarkable coming-of-age story about how mystery, the strength and beauty of a soul, and love for the earth show a questioning teenage girl what to live for.

Paperback and Kindle Ebook

Available on Amazon

What Readers Are Saying

“McDowell is the girl with a gift—a gift for crafting a multilayered tale that is humorous and heartbreaking, healing and hopeful. With not just one—but three (or four, depending on who you count) vivid female characters. Will be a welcome story for anyone who has struggled to find or understand their place in the world or senses and feels at a level below the surface. A gem of a book.” 

~Kimberly Crispeno, MDiv

Screen Shot 2021-04-17 at 3.01.26 PM.png
Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 5.53.12 PM.png

Monica McDowell is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

bottom of page