In this third title in the Faithgirlz Glimmer Girls series by Natalie Grant, Miracle in Music City, the Glimmer Girls are at it again—looking for a mystery to solve. Gloria wants her daughters to learn they aren’t too young to make a difference, so she gets them involved in her annual benefit and auction. But as things often do with the trio of smart and sassy sisters, they get themselves and their nanny Miss Julia involved in a lot more than just helping mom raise money for a worthy and wonderful cause.
|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||Aug 2, 2016|
|Series||Faithgirlz / Glimmer Girls|
- Review by Fitzysmom
In this book the Glimmer family has just returned to their home in Nashville after being on tour with their mother over the summer. Maddie and Mia are so excited to see their best friends Annabeth and Emily. Unfortunately that green-eyed monster named Jealousy chooses to rear its ugly head. All of the girls get their feelings hurt in different ways which is painful but it's also a wonderful learning opportunity. Kuddos to the mommas that gently guided behind the scenes to nudge their daughters towards reconciliation.
The mystery involves The Grand Ole Opry and a very valuable guitar. It was fun to wander the backstage area with the girls and get to know a little bit more about such an iconic place.
A secondary storyline involves the homeless and what we can do to help. I thought this was presented in a very sensitive way. Natalie Grant wrote it with an empathetic voice toward the plight of homelessness, especially children that are caught in this awful situation. I liked the lessons that were inserted into the story. They were presented in a natural way without being soapbox preachy.
If you have a tween girl I recommend this book. It's my favorite of the three by far. It is a part of a series but I think it can easily be read as a stand-alone story. If you would like to read the series however, it does need to be done in order or you will encounter spoilers. There's a fourth book that is slated to come out in January 2017 and I look forward to reading it as well.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review. (Posted on 1/30/2017)
- Review by InkBlotsbyTRD.blogspot.com
Because Miracle in Music City is a "tween" book, I am going to hand this over to my daughter for the review (*spoilers included*):
Miracle in Music City is about three girls who, together, solve a mystery. Gloria Glimmer, their mother, wants them to learn that you are never too young to make a difference, so when she is invited to sing at an auction being held at The Grand 'Ole Opry, they take it as their chance to help. Their teacher, Mrs. Carpenter, donated an old guitar to the auction. She told the girls that it belonged to Earl Eldridge Jr., a famous singer that happened to be her great-grandfather. The girls spend time at the local soup kitchen and make a friend, but soon afterward, the famous guitar goes missing! The girls work together to return the guitar, and they also donate some clothes, toys, and books to their new friend. They all learn what true friendship is.
I asked my daughter a few questions about Miracle in Music City - here they are with her responses:
Was the book interesting?
Do you plan to read it again?
What did you like about this book?
I liked the story better than the mystery in this one.
What (if anything) did you NOT like about this book?
I didn't like how the book was mostly a story, not a mystery. The guitar was only gone for a short time, so there wasn't much mystery.
Would you recommend this book to others your age?
What ages do you think would enjoy this book best?
8 to 10
Any other comments about this book?
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 8/23/2016)
- Review by Penny
This Christian fiction chapter book that was written and illustrated by the award winning recording artist, Natalie Grant. This is the third book in her GLIMMER GIRLS Series. You will find past reviews for both “London Art Chase” and “Dolphin Wish”, which were both fun books.
In “Glimmer Girls Miracle in Music City” the three girls, Maddie, Mia, and Lulu experience helping the homeless. They also get to perform onstage at the Grand Ole Opry. They learn to remember that they are doing it for God’s glory, not their own. They also learn a lesson about being true friends. I don’t want to spoil it for you, so I won’t tell you everything…But, they do get to solve another mystery, when a prized guitar goes missing.
I would definitely recommend this book, and the whole GLIMMER GIRL Series to any young girl who likes to read. Natalie Grant teaches a lot of good lessons in all of her books, which I really like, as well. ENJOY!!
(Posted on 8/18/2016)
- Review by Jalynn
I kept thinking the whole time as I was reading, I sure am glad for Miss Julia these girls can really find themselves in a pickle at times. So it is good to have an adult to be with them. Even though the girls can seem to come real close to danger they always seem to come out on top. With God as their leader they destined to be the victor!
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. (Posted on 7/19/2016)