“God, please bring the guitar back. Help untangle everything that’s knotted up with the benefit and with Annabeth and Emily, and with me too,” Maddie prays in the children’s book, Glimmer Girls: Miracle in Music City, written by Natalie Grant with Naomi Kingsman.
~ What ~
Third in the Glimmer Girls series, this two-hundred-and-eight-page paperback targets children ages eight to twelve years old, especially girls who like music and mysteries. With no profanity or adult situations, the Christian-based book references the New International Version of the Holy Bible.
In this tale, ten-year-old twins Maddie and Mia along with their younger sister, Lulu, are excited when their famous mother is part of a musical benefit for homeless people at the Grand Ole Opry. With their best friends feeling left out, the twins make matters worse as they learn a lesson in making a difference in society.
When a musician’s guitar that is to be auctioned off cannot be found, the Glimmer Girls are challenged not only to help find the musical instrument, but also they befriend a young girl who is homeless. With the three sisters performing at the Opry, all learn about enjoying the moment, having passion not perfection, and it is not all about you.
~ Why ~
Noting the background of the Grand Ole Opry with its stage, dressing rooms, greenroom, and history, the story incorporates how children can make a difference by giving back to others. I like how the author easily incorporates mentioning God in the conversations between adults and children.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in Christ as their Savior may not approve of the inferences and praying to God. Others may find the book predictable with a happily-ever-after ending, but it does convey hope and making a difference.
~ Who ~
Grant is a four-time Grammy nominee and top-selling Christian and Gospel artist who lives in Tennessee with her husband and children. No information is provided on Kingsman or the illustrator.
~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. Including a book discussion section at the back would be helpful for reminding readers about the Biblical highlights mentioned in the book.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a current-day Christian series that has both educational and spiritual values, this may be a good one. With the musical history included, it may be enjoyed by young girls who love to sing, dance, and perform.
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