Natalie Grant's Glimmer Girls + Giveaway



Title:  London Art Chase (Book 1) & A Dolphin Wish (Book 2)
Series: Glimmer Girls
Author:  Natalie Grant
Publisher:  Zonderkidz
Release Date:  January 26, 2016
Grade:  3-7      Ages:  8-12


ABOUT THE BOOKS

Grant says:  "Glimmer Girls is a fiction series that I have created with my daughters.  The storyline is about three girls who go on tour with their singing mom.  I have no idea where I came up with that plot!  It’s fun for my little girls to help with the content because they actually live that life.  Glimmer is the last name of the family, but it also has a special meaning.  It is a light that is never extinguished.  Sometimes it may glimmer a little bit brighter, sometimes it may glimmer a little bit dimmer, but it never goes out.  I felt like that was such a perfect description for all of us.  We all have a light on the inside and depending on the day, sometimes it’s bright and sometimes it’s dim.  That is the message I wanted girls to get from this book.  You don’t always have to be shining bright, some days are going to be more difficult than others, but Jesus has put a light in you that will never go out.”


LONDON 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?







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.






                                                                                                                                                                          

MY THOUGHTS

One word comes to mind as I read the Glimmer Girls stories by Award-Winning Recording Artist, Natalie Grant.  Exuberance. Yes, exuberance. These two books, London Art Chase and A Dolphin Wish elicits such energy and excitement, that one can't help but go along for the ride.

I thought the concept was great - 3 young girls follows their recording artist mom on tours and enjoy adventures wherever they happen to be. Natalie mentions that these are fiction, but it sure sounds fun to read about the lives of the children of artists. It's glimmering for sure. This series from Faithgirlz have faith elements in it that I do appreciate. With kids being engrossed in television and video games these days, sometimes the message of faith is lost.

These are stories that teaches not only a message, but also one can learn about a city's culture and common practices. The questions about the telephone booths in London was a nice touch!  In both London Art Chase and A Dolphin Wish, there's a mystery to be solved, and twin girls, Mia & Maddie, and their little sister, Lulu as their sidekick, there are funny moments that have you laugh out loud as well as serious moments that provides a glimpse of the message involve. From learning of self, being brave and understanding the seriousness of running off on their own in London Art Chase, to the message of jealousy and doing the right thing, the message is strong. It also verbalizes it more evidently than adult novels, which I think is great for kids.

QUOTABLE QUOTES

"People (in London) seem to live by a code of rules, one that Maddie didn't see very often back home...the front desk staff and bellboy at the hotel all spoke very properly, had perfect posture, and mostly wore serious expressions along with their official uniforms.  When they smile, their smiles seemed like mischief, as though they might be breaking some unspoken rule.  In Maddie's opinion, the mischief made every smile all the more fun." (London Art Chase, 36)
"You realize that the feeling - being afraid - doesn't have to stop you.  You can take one step and then another and then another. And suddenly, you're doing the thing you thought you couldn't do." (London Art Chase, 202)
"Sometimes the right thing to do is very clear. God puts something in our hearts and we know we just have to follow through. Other times, it's hard to know." (A Dolphin Wish, 161)
"God wants to hear about all the things that matter to us...we shouldn't treat Him like a genie in the sky who grants all our wishes.  But praying is just as much for us as it is for God.  When we pray, we are reminded that we can trust Him with everything, no matter how big or small." (London Art Chase, 20) 

 In all, a great series for young girls to learn about faith and trust, as well as an adventure that awaits them, while listening to their parents! *wink wink


NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from Flyby Promotions for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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. 

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GIVEAWAY

One winner will win a print copy of the first two books in this series, London Art Chase and A Dolphin Wish, courtesy of Faithgirlz and Propeller Consulting, LLC



Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
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13 comments:

  1. These sound like great books. I would give them to my Granddaughter Lily!

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  2. I would read them 1st then put away for my Daughter when she gets older

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  3. I have two lovely daughters, ages 10 and 11, that I think would like to read them. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. My three daughters would love these books!

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  5. I would love to win these for my granddaughters ages 7 and 10. Good luck to all.

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  6. I would give these to my daughter.

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  7. This would be a gift to my granddaughters.

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  8. I would read it first and then add to the middle school library where I am Librarian at. :-) It would be great to have all of these in our collection!

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  9. Thank you all for stopping by! I usually don't respond much on a giveaway, but wanted to drop in and say I appreciate each on of you for sharing! Blessings.

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  10. My 13 year old granddaughter would enjoy these books! :)

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  11. I would give these books to my niece
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