Miracle In Music City

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
“Annabeth and Emily are mad at us,” Maddie said. “You know how we made that dance, since they had one that didn’t include us? Anyway, I guess making our own dance was the wrong thing to do. And then they got even more upset because we’re singing at the Opry. Everything feels, I don’t know. Like how things felt when we first sang our song today. Everything is off-key and out of rhythm. And I don’t know how to fix it.”
Mom’s rock skipped once, and then twice, and she picked up another rock to try again. “Ruby, Annabeth and Emily, plus the concert – that’s a lot of challenges to be thinking about at once.”

Book: Miracle In Music City by Natalie Grant, Zonderkidz, 2016

Genre: Realistic Fiction
Target Audience: Girls 10-14
Subjects: Fear, Homelessness, Love for others, Jealousy, Friendship
Summary: Summer vacation is over and the Glimmer Girls are ready for life to get back to normal. They excitedly greet their friends on the playground, but discover their friends didn’t spend the summer sitting back and waiting for them to get home. They’ve done things together, made a dance together – a dance that has no room for two more. Maddie and Mia aren’t quite sure what to think! It seems their friends are jealous of the adventures they’ve had, jealous and losing interest in them. In the meantime, their mom is recruiting their help with a benefit concert and auction to help a local homeless shelter. The girls find their hearts being impacted as they meet the residents and hear the stories. They are devastated though when the big ticket item for the auction is stolen! It’s time for the Glimmer Girls to put to use those detective skills again and solve the mystery!
Notes: Miracle In Music City is the third in the Glimmer Girls series – a series by music artist, Natalie Grant. She writes a story comparable to her own life – 3 daughters, the oldest two twins, a singer mom, a producer dad. The strength of the story is in the way the family lives out their faith, making it a party of everything they do. It shows young girls asking the kinds of questions girls do at that age and parents giving them the answers they need, directing them to the right source.
In this third book, the twins, especially Maddie, wrestle with questions about friendship and how to truly show love to someone else. Hurt feelings and jealousy are destroying their friendship with the two girls at school they consider their best friends. A girl their age they meet at the homeless shelter creates a longing to reach out and actually make a difference in someone’s life. There is also the issue of fear – Maddie doesn’t enjoy performing the way her sisters do. She gets extremely nervous when she takes the stage. The last issue dealt with is miracles or maybe just the power of prayer and God working in people’s lives. When the guitar for the auction is stolen, it is acknowledged that God knows where it is and can help them find it.
I highly highly recommend this book and the others in the series! They are very well done books that challenge young girls to grow in their faith.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Matthew 19:21 - Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

Thank you to the publishers for providing me with a free review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion! I greatly enjoyed it!


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