Recently I was given Dannah Gresh's book, "Danika's Totally Terrible Toss: The Legend of the Purple Flurp," to read and review. It's part of the Secret Keeper Girl series, and is targeted towards girls 8-12 years old. The purpose of the series is to encourage mother-daughter bonding. Gresh has also written, "8 Great Dates for You and Your Daughter," which is full of activities to help moms connect with their girls.
That said, this book was very entertaining! It was funny, sweet, edgy, and unpredictable. The plot was great, as was the resolution. I am also happy to say it's told from a Christian perspective.
It's about a girl who has every material thing a girl could want, but runs into trouble when she starts trying to impress the wrong people.
She meets some good friends, and learns some great lessons along the way, one of which is what it means to be a true friend.
This book is just one of four: Yuzi's False Alarm, Just Call Me Kate, and "T" is for AnTonia.
The book includes a question and answer session at the back, for girls and their moms to discuss. It's a way for moms to connect with their daughters on a deeper level than, "Please pass the peas."
Girls can also go online to www.secretkeepergirl.com and interact with the characters in the books.
The series is a little above Christian's head right now, but in the coming years, I'll make sure it's part of her reading library.
If you have a girl in that age group, I highly recommend this book. You can read it yourself first, to familiarize yourself with what's happening. I finished it in about three hours.