I thought it would be fun to let one of the kids review a book and S enthusiastically agreed. "Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek" is the first book in Jill Osborne's The Good News Shoes series. In this book, Riley Mae becomes a Swiftriver Shoe Company spokesperson for their outdoor sport collection. Riley Mae's love of softball and adventure sound like a perfect match for this deal, until the responsibility of shooting commercials and attending promotional events takes up the whole softball season. She also suspects something isn't quite right at Swiftriver and aims to find out what is going on.
I thought Riley Mae was a seven year old just like S, but she's actually a seventh grader. Oops. S still read it just fine, and said she would definitely read more books featuring Riley Mae. S actually wrote our her own book review and wanted me to post it here, but I had to explain what "spoilers" are and point out that her written review had two of them. Here is what I can share from her review: "I loved this book because there were some really shocking parts! For instance, SPOILER. And I was shocked when SPOILER. It was just shocking and that is why I liked this book." Well, there you have it. HA!
I also read this book, and thought it was generally a pretty cute story about Riley's friendship with her BFF changing as she starts to miss softball games and let her friend down. She also makes a new friend, Rusty, whose family is struggling financially. I found this sub-plot a good jumping off point to discuss with S how some families don't have enough food every day, and how we should treat people kindly even if our other friends don't want to add new friends to the group. Riley Mae's parents are largely involved in her decision to become a spokesperson, and they emphasize throughout the book the importance of sticking with commitments. The ending of the book wraps up enough of the various sub-plots to leave you (or your child) satisfied, but also leaves some lingering issues I assume will continue to play out in book #2 of the series.
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