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Publication Date: 2016
Series: Faithgirlz Glimmer Girls
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 needlovely weather and great sights to see. That is until they hear animal handlers at "Watery World" talking about the trouble theyve 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.
Since her 2005 breakout RIAA Gold certified album Awaken, multi-Grammy nominated artist Natalie Grant has remained one of the top-selling Christian and Gospel artists with over 3 million in sales. The Gospel Music Association has named her the Female Vocalist of the Year five times, and she has had multiple songs and albums on the Billboard charts. More important than accolades, her passion is to help people across the globe discover their God-given calling and encourage them to live it out to the fullest potential. An outspoken advocate for victims of human trafficking, Grant cofounded Hope for Justice International a multinational organization that rescues and provides complete restorative care for victims of trafficking. Grant makes her home in Nashville, with her husband producer, and songwriter, Bernie Herms, and their three children: twins Grace and Bella and their youngest, Sadie. Follow Natalie at www.nataliegrant.com
Alysa SawyerAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A Dolphin WishJune 28, 2016Alysa SawyerAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This book, by award-winning recording artist Natalie Grant, is the second in the Glimmer Girls series and is a part of the Faithgirlz brand. Twins, Maddie and Mia, and their younger sister Lulu, are vacationing with their family in San Diego. They are excited to visit Captain Swashbucklers Adventure Park. Mia overhears a conversation that animals are being let out of their habitats. Eager to solve her own mystery, since Maddie got so much attention in London (in book 1), Mia searches for clues throughout the park and convinces her family to visit again the next day.
Natalie Grant has always been one of my favorite Christian music artists. I was excited to see that she published this book series. Knowing that she has three daughters (including twins) makes the story even more fun. The message is wholesome, lessons are learned, mentoring is given when needed, and the differences between right and wrong are made clear. This book revolves around Mias bitterness over Maddies punishment for running away in London. She feels that the discipline did not match the offense (I would agree with her). Throughout the book, her relationship with her twin is strained. Towards the end of the book, she has a conversation with her mom that leads to her forgiving Maddie. My 9 year old has enjoyed reading both this book and the first one in the series. There are several good discussion moments that can be found in both books. I would recommend this book for any young girls who are reading chapter books.
In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission I am required to disclose that Zondervan provided this book for free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.
Sew Happily Ever After5 Stars Out Of 5Glimmer Girls A Dolphin WishMay 6, 2016Sew Happily Ever AfterQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Glimmer Girls series is a new series of books for tween readers written by Natalie Grant. My 12yo read this book pretty quickly and she really enjoyed it. A Dolphin Wish happens to be the second book in the series. We did not read the first book and that did not seem to bother her at all when she read this second book in the series.
I received the e-book version of this book. It was easy to download to my computer. I then emailed the file to myself and opened it in iBooks on my iPad. She was able to read the book at night before bed. It took her about 3 nights to finish reading it.
Here is what my 12 year old has to say about this book:
It was great! There were three girls in the story their names are Mia, Maddie, and Lulu, and they were all sisters. Mia has always wanted to swim with dolphins. but at the theme park she didn't get to. I enjoyed this book because there was a big mystery that Mia wanted to solve before Maddie, her sister, because Maddie solved one in London, in the first book.
The mystery all started at a theme park that they went to on a vacation where their mom had to do a concert. There were a lot of aquariums. Some of the animals were being let out of their habitats by someone, but they couldn't figure out who it was. Then they saw a boy carrying a red backpack and a key to get into a habitat. They told the workers at the info desk what they saw, and they were sent to an office to talk to Gabrielle. They found out that the boy's name was Jackson and he was a worker's son. For her prize of figuring out what the problem was she got permission to swim with the dolphins. This was a great story to teach you about God's love for you.
Fitzysmom4 Stars Out Of 5Review from Rambles of a SAHMApril 14, 2016FitzysmomQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4If you follow my reviews you already know that I had mixed feelings about the first book, London Art Chase. There was so much that I liked about the adorable sisters and their world travels. I liked all of the details about London and I appreciated the very apparent faith of the entire family. But there was that one little detail that just nagged at me. And truthfully even after the second book it still nags at me.
Let me just insert here that I'm assuming that you're reading this review wanting to know details about the book and series. The rest of my review is going to contain spoilers but I'm writing this from one momma to another in order to give you a heads up. If you don't want to know . . . stop reading now!
The little detail was that TEN-YEAR-OLD Maddie snuck out of her hotel BY HERSELF and wandered the streets of LONDON chasing after a thief. Everything turned out fine in the end but I was not thrilled with the situation and then the fact that the book ended without any consequences being addressed.
Fast forward to book two, A Dolphin Wish. The family has left London and flown to San Diego for a few days of rest and then a concert. They are staying in a beach house and planning their outings for the coming days. Eventually (chapter 3) the wrong doing by Maddie comes up and we find out what her punishment was.
Good thing the night was dark, because Mia knew she'd made a face. It wasn't fair that Maddie had become the detective of the family. Maybe she'd solved the mystery in London, but she'd done it by breaking the rules. Her consequence for rule breaking had been no movie-watching on the flight to San Diego. To Mia, the consequence didn't seem big enough at all, especially since everyone was also treating Maddie like a hero.
"Let's admit, it wasn't a good thing for Maddie to sneak out," Mom said. "But I'm also so proud of Maddie for being brave and speaking up when she knew that something was wrong." (pg. 20)
I'm going to restrain myself from expounding on my true feelings. Let's just say that my version would be a bit different. I think one of the reasons that this disturbs me so much is that Natalie Grant is one of the prominent voices in the end human trafficking movement. Ten-year-old little girls alone on the streets of London are prime targets.
Okay on to the rest of the story. Again for the most part I liked it. The mystery was clever and fun to watch the girls work together to solve. I even want to go to Captain Swashbuckler's Adventure Park. I liked how the reader actually gets to learn some interesting facts about the sea life without it seeming like a lesson.
My only other concern is less intense. The story contains a 13-year-old boy named Jackson. Jackson is allowed to wander around the park by himself day after day. His father is in management at the theme park so presumably it's thought that the workers kind of look out for him I guess. Truthfully without the previous situation with Maddie I might not have even been sensitive to this. But can I just say, whatever happened to the buddy system? Kids really shouldn't just be allowed to wander around by themselves. We no longer live in that world.
So . . . would I recommend this book and series? Yes, but if I were the momma I would read the books for myself before I handed them off. Then I would use them as a springboard for some serious conversations with my kiddo.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great Book for GirlsApril 1, 2016Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Natalie Grants new series Glimmer Girls is fast becoming a hit among tweens. Twin Mia and Maddie, along with their younger sister Lulu, embark on some pretty exciting adventures. Their mother is a Christian music artist and as a perk, they get to travel along with her to lots of thrilling places.
I got this book for my younger daughter who is eight. Although we did not read the first book in the series, we caught on to this one pretty quickly. Once you get familiar with the characters, it won't take long to figure it out. The parents are quite involved in their kids lives, along with a Nanny, Miss Julian, who travels along and helps care for them and takes lots of pictures. I noticed on various occasions she used opportunities to teach them some as well some valuable lessons.
In the first book, one of the twins, Maddie, solves a mystery. In this book, Mia, the other twin, is still a bit upset about some circumstances surrounding the first book and her sister. Whether it is jealousy or a righteous anger is yet to be determined. But when a mystery of her own comes along, will she handle it better than her sister? Mia is a black and white, by-the-rules kind of girl and sometimes has a hard time understanding those gray areas of life.
I wasn't sure how I would like this book after reading various reviews, but I think it is all a matter of perspective. So, with the understanding that my daughter realizes this book is fictional, just a fun story for girls written in a way that builds values and character; teaches obedience, values, while incorporating adventure and mystery, after reading it, I saw it as a fun book for her to read. One that will build values and encourage her to listen and obey her parents, and recognize there are consequences when you don't. (No matter what good reason you have behind it) The girls parents teach them about prayer, loving each other, kindness, and God. I think this is a great series for young girls to read. My daughter and I would like to read the first book in the series too! And we are looking forward to more.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review.
Becky4 Stars Out Of 5Exciting Read!March 15, 2016BeckyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a really fun read! Its filled with a tour life, adventure, mystery, and faith all tied into one. If you want a book that will teach your kids about making good choices and trusting in God, youll definitely want to encourage them to read this.
The girls are just as curious as regular kids are and we learn a lot about other cultures. The questions about the telephone booths in London were a nice touch. I found something new to discover as the pages were turned. There are lots of little lessons such as learning to be brave and the seriousness of running off in London. It was superb and well-done!
Also, you don't have to read the books in order! You can easily understand what is going on because each book takes places with a different mystery in a different state or country.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Flyby Promotions for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.