I first had a hard time with where this story was headed but then started asking myself, if we believe God speaks to us, why not, in the case of where this story takes its reader – a child?
This story is set in a rural, small town in today’s America, focusing on a small new-in-town family, specifically the young daughter, Leah.
Leah is the new girl in school and she not only has that as one strike against her already, she also stutters, leaving the ability to make a friend near impossible, given how kids are prone to tease over things like that. However, there comes a very special little girl who befriends Leah under very different circumstances. Leah tells her new friend of another friend she has, since moving to her new home. Leah says only she can see him and she calls him the Rainbow Man.
The Rainbow Man uses Leah to deliver a very important message to the community – one that can only be given through Leah because of her faith. When Mockingbirds Sing reminds us that unless you have the faith of a child, you will not enter the kingdom of God. It also shows that we must have the faith of a child,as small as a mustard seed, to sometimes be able to see that which most cannot.
Coffey weaves the unbelievable into every day life, showing that anything is possible, if you just believe.