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?
|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 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 of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. (Posted on 2/29/2016)
- Review by InkBlotsbyTRD.blogspot.com
The first book in the Faithgirlz Glimmer Girls Series is London Art Chase.
Because London Art Chase is a "tween" book, I am going to hand this over to my daughter for the review (*spoilers included*):
Maddie, her sisters (Mia and Lulu), her nanny, and her parents are off to London! Maddie's mom (Gloria Glimmer) is a famous singer , and she's performing in a concert. On a trip to the National Gallery, Maddie sees a thief steal her favorite painting. She drags her sisters all over London to find the thief, and even goes so far as to break the rules and run away! Maddie soon finds that the thief wasn't really a thief, but someone who cleans the paintings! But she and the "thief" (Mr. Hughs) soon find the real thief and get back their paintings. Maddie became a hero!
I asked my daughter a few questions about London Art Chase - here they are with her responses:
Was the book interesting?
Do you plan to read it again?
What did you like about this book?
The mystery mixed with real life.
What (if anything) did you NOT like about this book?
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?
Out of a total of 5 possible stars, what would you rate this book?
5 stars. (Posted on 2/23/2016)
- Review by Praises of a Wife and Mommy
I am super excited that Natalie Grant has taken her career into the writing area! This new girls series from Zondervan is going to make a positive impact on young girls all over.
These three friends encounter some serious things in London but this book will leave every reader feeling confident and victorious...one thing I want my kids to have as we walk in Victory with Jesus! (Posted on 2/21/2016)
- Review by Penny
“London Art Chase” was written by the Grammy Nominated, award winning recording artist, and best-selling writer, Natalie Grant. Her illustrations are done by Cathi Mingus. The “Glimmer Girls” are Maddie, Mia, and Lulu. Their nanny is Miss Julia. Gloria, their mom is a famous singer and their dad, a producer. In this story, Maddie witnesses, what she thinks, is a theft. She does things she’s not supposed to do, and even puts her life in danger to “solve the case”. She fell in love with a special painting and felt it was her place to find out who stole it. You will have to read the book to find out what else happened…wouldn’t want to spoil it for you!! :-D
I do recommend this book and, by the way, when you get to chapter fifteen and Mom sings to the girls, “When I Leave the Room”, go look it up on YOU TUBE and listen to it…You will be blessed!
(Posted on 2/4/2016)
- Review by Fitzysmom
Let me start by telling you what I liked. The three sisters Maddie, Mia, and Lulu are clever and fun yet come across as true siblings (can you say sibling rivalry?). Maddie and Mia are 10-year-old twins. Mia is very outgoing and loves to perform. Maddie is more of an introvert and loves art. Lulu is six and she's a handful.
The family is on a business trip to London where the momma, Gloria Glimmer, is scheduled to do several concerts. While the parents are busy with rehearsals and concerts the girls and their nanny take in the sights of London. I enjoyed the way that facts about the sights were slipped into the dialogue. What a fun way for your girls to learn a little while they are being entertained with a good story.
All in all this is a good read that is sure to keep your daughter's attention. But I would be remiss if I didn't say what disturbed me about the story. I'm about to provide a bit of a spoiler but I am assuming that the parents are reading this review so it shouldn't matter in the scheme of things.
Without giving too many details about the story there is a point in the book where Maddie sneaks out of the hotel by herself and seeks out the art thief. She is a 10-year-old little girl wandering the streets of London. She does eventually meet up with a presumably safe man that helps her. While that is disturbing what made me frustrated was that when all was said and done and Maddie was once again safe with her family, her mother wound up apologizing to Maddie for not paying better attention to her needs. The momma did say that there would be consequences for Maddie's actions but those consequences didn't materialize. Instead the family went to eat ice cream and ride the giant ferris wheel. I really would have preferred a better lesson on self-control and making better decisions to stay safe.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review. (Posted on 1/27/2016)
- Review by Jalynn
Mia, Maddie, and LuLu are headed to London to see their mom Gloria Glimmer perform. But apparently, some really heavy stuff will go down while they are there and the dynamic three will most definitely want to get to the bottom of this fiasco. The Glimmer Girls are all about setting the record straight.
This book is a sweet chapter book to help young girls. It's not only to read and enjoy but also to give them a sense of victory over their circumstances. I love this new Faithgirlz series!
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. (Posted on 1/20/2016)