This is a guest review by my daughter who agreed to read and review the book for me.
Mom: What was the book about?
M: A girl named Debbie Bass who writes to God in her journal.
Mom: Do you think Debbie was a good character?
M: Yes, because she's different in her own way and she has spunk.
Mom: Can you tell me about some of the other characters in the book?
M: Debbie is the main character. There is also the Sunnyside Gang (Dell her brother, Bro, Jesse, Beamer), her Mother and Father, her dog Chopper, and Margaret a new girl from NYC.
Mom: What was your favorite part of the book?
M: My favorite part was when she made friends with Margaret because she found someone like her.
Mom: Why was that part special?
M: She finally had a girl to hang out with instead of boys all the time.
Mom: What did you learn from this book?
M: You can trust God with your secrets, and always love even if you don't like the person.
Mom: Is there any part of the story you would change?
M: No, it was too good the way it was.
Mom: Who do you think this book was written for?
M: Girls that have a broken heart and girls that are tomboys.
Mom: Why a broken heart?
M: Because at the end of the story something happens to Debbie. I can't tell you because it will ruin the story.
Mom: Anything you want to share about the book?
M: It definitely relates to me because she has a crush on someone.
Thanks dear for sharing your thoughts on this!
From an adult perspective, I've read a few chapters and I think this is written for the older elementary school student. It's written in a child's language and it's easy to get drawn into the story. There are some sad parts and your child should be able to handle emotional stories if they read this book. I really like how comfortable Debbie feels communicating with God. The one thing I have noticed though is that while the family seems to be of a faith that believes in God, there's not talk of bible reading, church or any type of fellowship. That could very well be because of the manner the book is written. The book teaches a lot about friendship, disappointment and choices. I highly recommend it!
Disclaimer: I received this book from the Cadence Group for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received. Opinions expressed are my own.