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Glimmer Girls and Samantha Sanderson Tween Book reviews

It’s always fun when you can find good wholesome books for your kids to read. A lot of times I have a hard time finding books that my tween child would be interested in but there are some really good ones out there you just have to find them. I was really pleased to hear that FaithGirlz teamed up with Natalie Grant and created a fun new series called the Glimmer Girls. ZonderKidz sent me the first two books in the series The London Art Chase and A Dolphin Wish. Here is a little information about these two books.

9780310752653.jpgLondon Art Chase

In London Art Chase, the first title in the new Faithgirlz Glimmer Girls series, readers meet 10-year-old twins Mia and Maddie and their adorable little sister, LuLu. All the girls are smart, sassy, and unique in their own way, each with a special little something that adds to great family adventures.

There is pure excitement in the family as the group heads to London for the first time to watch mom, famous singer Gloria Glimmer, perform. But on a day trip to the National Gallery, Maddie witnesses what she believes to be an art theft and takes her sisters and their beloved and wacky nanny Miss Julia, on a wild and crazy adventure as they follow the supposed thief to his lair. Will the Glimmer Girls save the day? And will Maddie find what makes her shine?9780310752530.jpg

A Dolphin Wish

Join twins Mia and Maddie and their sidekick little sister, LuLu, as they travel the country finding adventure, mystery, and sometimes mischief along the way. Together with their famous mother, singer Gloria Glimmer, and their slightly wacky nanny Miss Twist, the sisters learn lessons about being good friends, telling the truth, and a whole lot more.

In A Dolphin Wish a three-night stop in the city of San Diego seems like it might be just the break the girls need—lovely weather and great sights to see. That is until they hear animal handlers at “Watery World” talking about the trouble they’ve been having keeping the animals in their habitats. Mia and her sisters cannot resist a challenge and they talk Miss Twist into another visit to the educational amusement park to search for clues as to what or who is helping the animals escape.

About the Author: Natalie Grant

Four-time Grammy nominated Natalie Grant is a top-selling Christian & Gospel artist with over 3 million in career sales. The Gospel Music Association has named her Female Vocalist of the Year 5 times and she has had multiple number 1s on the Billboard charts.  Beyond music, in 2005 Natalie co-founded Hope for Justice International, an organization that identifies,  rescues, and restores victims of human trafficking.  Natalie resides in Nashville, TN with her husband, producer/songwriter Bernie Herms and their three children: twins Grace and Bella, and their youngest, Sadie.

I found the stories charming and fun. The provide life lessons along side with a humorous and somewhat adventurous stories. The girls learn so much through each of their adventures and I think it will make remembering these important lessons in a much more entertaining way.

I love how Natalie Grant used her own life and kids as inspiration for her stories. It makes it that much more believable. It also makes me wonder if maybe a few of these things actually did happen. Maybe? 🙂

Regardless I think your girls ages 8 and up will enjoy these fun stories.

9780310742517.jpg_3Samantha Sanderson: Without A Trace

Sam Sanderson is an independent, resourceful, high-tech cheerleader. She dreams of becoming an award-winning journalist like her mother, so she’s always looking for articles to publish in her middle-school paper (where she secretly hopes to become chief editor). With a police officer for a father, Sam is in no short supply of writing material.

In the fourth book of the Faithgirlz Samantha Sanderson series, Sam’s friend Tam Lee is missing. As the days pass, all clues seem to point to something sinister in Sam’s opinion. Sam must decide whether to do what everyone wants her to and let law enforcement continue to work as though Tam is a run-away. Or should Sam follow her heart and keep poking around looking for more clues?

The Samantha Sanderson series is about an ordinary girl with extraordinary dreams. Each book touches on a crime straight from headlines, from bomb threats to bullying, while following Samantha and her friends as they navigate middle-school and questions of faith.

About the Author: Robin Caroll

Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin is a southerner through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others. Robin’s mother, bless her heart, is a genealogist who instilled in Robin the deep love of family and pride of heritage–two aspects Robin weaves into each of her 14 published novels. When she isn’t writing, Robin spends time with her husband of twenty years, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home–in the South, where else? She gives back to the writing community by serving as Conference Director for ACFW. Her books have finaled/placed in such contests as the Carol Award, Holt Medallion, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, Bookseller’s Best, and Book of the Year.

Samantha Sanderson is going on the opposite side of the spectrum. I would recommend this series for your older tween. It’s full of mystery and intrigue. Even though it is the fourth book in the series it can be read as a stand alone.

I like that it actually deals with real life and news that affects all of our lives. It deals with how what’s going on in the world affects even our children. I would recommend this series for 11 and up.

To find out how to purchase these books you can click on the book titles above.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):Many thanks to  ZonderKidz for providing me with a free copy of this book to review and post. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

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Check out my reviews over at the Family Friendly Reviews Blog. Today I posted a review for: Too Blessed to be Stressed Cookbook and 101 Simple Ways to Show Your Husband You Love Him. 

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