I received this book from the author publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.
Join twins Mia and Maddie and their sidekick little sister, LuLu, as they travel the country finding adventure, mystery, and sometimes mischief along the way. Together with their famous mother, singer Gloria Glimmer, and their slightly wacky nanny Miss Twist, the sisters learn lessons about being good friends, telling the truth, and a whole lot more.
In A Dolphin Wish a three-night stop in the city of San Diego seems like it might be just the break the girls need—lovely weather and great sights to see. That is until they hear animal handlers at “Watery World” talking about the trouble they’ve been having keeping the animals in their habitats. Mia and her sisters cannot resist a challenge and they talk Miss Twist into another visit to the educational amusement park to search for clues as to what or who is helping the animals escape.
Many people will recognize Natalie Grant as an award winning singer before they recognize her as an author; but her new middle grade series is definitely worth reading. She brought in her Christian point-of-views and wrote these books for the enjoyment as well as encouraging purposes for the middle graders.
A Dolphin Wish embraces the importance of family as well as the importance of honesty as we travel with the Glimmer family to San Diego. There is some mild mystery perfect to satisfy the “not so young anymore girls” and enough animals to make anyone smile. The girls all have good bonds with each other and I pleased to see both parents present (and getting along) in this book.
The pace of the book is a little fast and seems to jump around scenes a lot, but I think that this would be good for readers who are just learning how to read novels or are a bit slower at reading. This is book 2 in the Glimmer Girls series so there is some reference to the first book, however the storyline is still easy to follow whether the first book was read or not.
One of the sisters (Maddie) apparently had snuck out in the first book and it deeply affected Mia; as would be expected from a tight knit family. However, Mia has a hard time forgiving her throughout this book because she doesn’t understand why Maddie would have done that. The book is set up to continue on with a bigger plot, so I’m sure that we’ll see the girls get back on good terms by the end of the series.
I recommend this book to girls between 10 and 13 years of age, or sooner or later depending on their reading levels. I look forward to reading more books in this series and give it 4 out of 5 stars.