Genre: Religious Fiction

African Americanism; Gender Equality; Diversity
Ages 10 and up

Aunt Sadie's Angel is a multiethnic story of the inner workings of heaven.

Frustrated that he hasn’t been given enough time to prepare wings for Sadie Montgomery’s ascension, heaven’s chief wing maker travels to earth to apologize to the dying centenarian. In so doing he discovers that she is the primary caregiver for a small child for whom no alternate caregiver has been identified. Feeling obliged to help out, the wing-maker tracks down the child’s guardian angel who, because of his youth, is having a really difficult time getting other angels to cooperate with him on the child’s behalf. The seasoned and more resourceful wing-maker helps him trace the child’s family history to identify other angels who might also be responsible for her care. It turns out that three other angels have also been assigned to her but they don’t all exactly get along.

Amid controversy, feuding, fighting and downright stubbornness these four heroic young guardian angels eventually come to accept that they are all assigned to this one child and must work in unity to ensure that the will of God is carried out in her life. The Fabulous Foursome put aside their differences and come together across race, and gender, and family history to devise a plan that will save Rashida Montgomery from becoming an orphan. Though victory is elusive they face their fears and train hard for the spiritual battle ahead of them.

Lava, the only girl among them, fights as hard as the guys and just might be the fiercest of the four, but even she doesn’t have all the answers. In order to accomplish their mission they must humble themselves before the wiser Elder angels and ask for direction and assistance.

Diverse, inclusive, and intergenerational Aunt Sadie’s Angel answers the age-old question ‘what is heaven really like?’ It is an enjoyable read for people across age, gender, race, ethnicity and religion.

For Discussion 

All of the leading characters have clearly assigned gender and racial identities. However, many of the lesser characters do not. This leaves lots of room for the reader’s imagination. Two characters are referenced by title but have been assigned neither ethnicity nor gender; and several other of the supporting characters have been assigned gender but have no racial or ethnic identity. It should prove interesting to see what identities they are given by the various readers and why.

  • Why do you think the author wrote this book? What is her most important message? 
  • Do any of the characters remind you of yourself or someone you know? How? 
  • Which character/s did you like or dislike? Why?
  • Which character/s changed the most? What caused the change?
  • Are the characters' actions the result of freedom of choice or of destiny? 
  • What was unique about the setting of the book and how did it enhance or take away from the story? 
  • Were you more interested in the mortals or the immortals? Why? 
  • Did certain parts of the book make you uncomfortable? If so, why did you feel that way? 
  • Did reading this book lead to any new understanding or awareness of some aspect of life you might not have thought about before? 
  • What do you suppose might have happened if the Fabulous Foursome hadn’t become friends? 
  • What did you think of the ending? 
  • In a movie version, who would play what parts?