My daughter and I were excited to receive a review copy of the first in this series by Rene Morris. At eleven, my daughter is the perfect audience for this book, and she absolutely devoured it. The book centers on four 13 year-old girls who face typical struggles: friendship, bullies, a yearning for independence, learning self-sufficiency, facing identity and self-image issues, etc. But I love this book because it is totally clean and appropriate for my daughter. I don't want books that focus on drugs, sex, and crime among young teens; she'll get plenty of that later (much later). Right now the Sonshine Girls series, which has a strong Christian theme, is a perfect fit.
My daughter and I always have one read-aloud together book going in the evenings, but she couldn't resist stealing this one away to bed with her and reading it on her own. She had to fill me in on the details later. She is waiting patiently for the next books in the series to be published! If you know a girl who enjoys Anne of Green Gables, the Little House series, the Mandi series and the Christy books, she will love the Sonshine Girls!