This is a delightful youth fiction for girls 8-12 years old. It's a debut novel by a mother daughter team and introduces Lena Daniels. When Lena unexpectedly lands a movie role, the spirited eleven year old must find a way to balance stardom with “real” life. Suddenly Lena wishes she had time for her three younger sisters and her friends.
I like Lena as a character. She keeps on getting into crazy situations so there is a good bit of humor in the book. She is a loyal friend and a good sister. She struggles with making the right decisions yet endeavors to be obedient to God. I like Lena's family too. I was really impressed with how prayer is such a natural part of their lives.
This little book has many good lessons for tween girls. Lena learns the meaning of responsibility and what it means to be a person of your word. She also learns that one does not have to be an adult to be used by God. And I love this lessons on prayer from Lena's mom: “Praying is a way that you put God in charge of giving you what He wants for you. It's also a way to let Him know that you trust Him.” (82)
I recommend this book to young readers, especially ones interested in what it is like to be in a movie. You'll be entertained but also learn many good lessons to help you in your Christian life.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Alena Pitts is a young actress and model from Dallas, Texas. The Kendrick Brothers' War Room marked Alena's professional acting debut. In addition to school and acting, Alena models and is a frequent contributor for the magazine For Girls Like You.
Wynter Pitts is the founder of For Girls Like You Magazine and the author of two previous books. The mother of four girls, her mission is to empower and equip girls to become who God has created them to be and provide parents with the resources and support needed to raise strong Christ followers. She is a frequent blogger and public speaker. She, her husband, and their four daughters live in Dallas, Texas.
Zonderkidz, 176 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Handlebar. My comments are an independent and honest review.