Book Review: Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek
It’s Time for a Mom and Kid Duo Review:
My 9 year old and I just finished reading the first book in the Faithgirlz series, called Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek. This series was written by Jill Osbourne and chronicles the adventures of a 7th grader named Riley Mae. The book is about the ups and downs of being the new spokesperson for a line of flashy athletic girl shoes. Riley Mae learns that the excitement and glamour also comes with a lot of commitment that takes her away from the things that she enjoys doing, and causes her friendships to be affected as well. As a Christian, she feels the conflict of being part of a glamour world and watching the disappointments of those who struggle with not having money and nice things. Her Christian values prevail, and she clings to the desire to care for and reach out to others.
Ansley ( age 9) shared her thoughts about the book, and she had many favorite parts. A mix of humor, adventure, and mystery were reflected in her choices. She could relate well to Riley Mae as they both liked the outdoors, sports, etc but also girly, glitzy things to wear, such as the shoes in the shoe line Riley Mae represented. She liked that Riley Mae was a Christian girl who was kind and considerate to others, and didn’t pick her friends based on “being popular”.
In my opinion, the author did well with capturing story aspects that would appeal to a pre-teen/young teen market. As a chapter book, this book often has incentive to keep reading to find out what’s going to happen next. The entire book also ends with some things not getting closure and promise of more continued adventure in the next book of the series.
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