A couple of weeks ago, these two books from Family Christian landed in our mailbox for review. They have been thoroughly enjoyed by both of the older girls and myself. They are fun and adventurous without all the nonsense that is normally a part of junior high girl books – meaning all the boy stuff and crushes and gossip is missing. I love that!
The books begin by introducing us to the Glimmer family. What a fun name! The Glimmer family has mom and dad and three girls: twins Mia and Maddie and their younger sister Lulu. The family travels the world to accompany her mother, a singer, to her concerts which Mr. Glimmer plays at. This provides amazing learning opportunities but also leads to tons of fun with Miss Julia, their fun-loving nanny. It also offers up lots of adventure and mysteries to solve. With the truth of God guiding the family and mom knowing that young girls need lots of love and encouragement, the family is able to find the clues and grow closer.
London Art Chase is the first book in the Glimmer Girls series. The family is in London for Mom’s concert and they get to visit some amazing sites. At the art museum, Maddie notices a strange behavior by a visitor and begins to formulate a mystery art theft in her head. Or is it all in her head? Chasing all over London to find clues and prevent the loss of famous pieces of art, Maddie, Mia, and Lulu find all sorts of interesting people and seeing all sorts of site. But the reality of making decisions becomes difficult. Can Maddie make the right ones and solve the mystery all on her own? Or should she call in her sisters and Miss Julia and her parents to help her?
A Dolphin Wish is the second book in the Glimmer Girls series. This time, we find the Glimmer family in San Diego. With an extra day before the concert responsibilities begin, the family visits the local adventure park: Captain Swashbuckler’s Adventure Park. With all the animals they get to see, it is a fun and exciting place for Mia and her sisters. While visiting the dolphins and wishing hard she could swim with them, Mia overhears tidbits of a conversation between volunteers at the park about animals out of their habitats. This is just the challenge that Mia is looking for, hoping to be more confident and find a way to connect more with Maddie. The relationship had been strained since the art mystery in London. Can Mia find clues or is she reading more into what she overheard than is actually going on? Are the animals, including her favorites-the dolphins, in danger and can she save them?
The Glimmer Girls series by Faithgirlz and ZonderKidz is a fun new series for pre-teen and young teen girls. The focus is really more on the adventure, though some Christian values and perspectives are included. It is a clean, fun series that my 9 and 11 year old girls really enjoyed. Mystery surrounding art and animals? Both are fun and we will be keeping our eyes open for more of these as they come out.
Now for the Giveaway!
Family Christian will send one winner a copy of BOTH of the Glimmer Girls books in this review. It is open to US residents only. Ends 2/19/16. Click the link below to be taken to the giveaway entry form.
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