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.
|About the Contributor(s)||Natalie Grant
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
|Publish Date||Jan 26, 2016|
|Series||Faithgirlz / Glimmer Girls|
- Review by Fitzysmom
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. (Posted on 4/14/2016)
- Review by Dianna
I love how Natalie Grant used her own life and kids as inspiration for her stories. It makes it that much more believable. It also makes me wonder if maybe a few of these things actually did happen. Maybe? :)
Regardless I think your girls ages 8 and up will enjoy these fun stories.
I received a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. (Posted on 2/29/2016)
- Review by InkBlotsbyTRD.blogspot.com
Again, because A Dolphin Wish is a "tween" book, I am going to hand this over to my daughter for the review (*spoilers included*):
Mia is off to San Diego! She goes to Captain Swashbuckler's Adventure Park and finds out that someone is letting out the animals! Mia doesn't want anything to happen to the dolphins, so she buries herself into the mystery, wanting to be a hero like Maddie. Lulu, the greatest fit-thrower ever and never afraid to stand up for herself or her sisters, (and always speaks her mind), is a great help to Mia and she soon solves the mystery after the third trip to the theme park! Mia is now a hero like Maddie! Now it's Lulu's turn!
I asked my daughter a few questions about A Dolphin Wish - here they are with her responses:
Was the book interesting?
Do you plan to read it again?
What did you like about this book?
What (if anything) did you NOT like about this book?
Nothing at ALL.
Would you recommend this book to others your age?
What ages do you think would enjoy this book best?
8 to 12
Any other comments about this book?
I love it. I like it better than the last one (London Art Chase).
Out of a total of 5 possible stars, what would you rate this book?
The Glimmer Girls series by Natalie Grant is a great option for tween readers, and I know my daughter is looking forward to the third book in the series (The Miracle in Music City) being released later in 2016.
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews. (Posted on 2/23/2016)
- Review by Jalynn
What child does not enjoy a good chapter book with a very interesting story? The Glimmer Girls are a great start in the looking for a great read. These chapter book are full of encouragement, mystery, and inspiration without being redundant. The plot line is a strong one and you will immediately fall in love with the girls.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. (Posted on 1/20/2016)