Zacchaeus will be great summer reading for anyone who likes Biblical fiction. Patty Froese Ntihemuka takes a character who appears in only one Biblical passage — Luke 19:1-10 — and fleshes him out, giving him motivation, background, family and neighbours so that the climactic moment of his meeting with Jesus has greater impact. While Zacchaeus’s appearance in the gospel record is brief, it’s one that has captured many people’s imaginations from the time we were taught to sing “Zacchaeus was a wee little man” in Sabbath School or Sunday School. The idea of the short man who, though wealthy and powerful, has to climb a tree to see Jesus, and whose life is changed as a result, sticks in our minds. Zacchaeus becomes a more rounded and sympathetic character in this novel, and will linger in your mind even longer.