Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Better to Wish: Family Tree Book 1

Friday, April 12, 2013

Book Review - Better to Wish: Family Tree Book 1

About the Book
Four generations. Four girls. One family.

In 1930, Abby Nichols is eight, and can't imagine what her future holds. The best things today would be having a dime for the fair, keeping her Pops from being angry, and saving up eighty-seven cents to surprise her little sister with a tea set for Christmas.

But Abby's world is changing fast. Soon there will be new siblings to take care of, a new house to move into, and new friends to meet. But there will also be good-byes to say and hard choices to make. As Abby grows older, how will she decide what sort of life will fit her best?

In this incredible new series, bestselling author Ann M. Martin brings the past and the present together one girlhood at a time and shows readers the way a family grows.

About the Author
Ann M. Martin's The Baby-Sitters Club series sold over 176 million copies and inspired a generation of young readers. Her novels include the Main Street series; BELLE TEAL; the Newbery Honor book A CORNER OF THE UNIVERSE; HERE TODAY; A DOG'S LIFE; and ON CHRISTMAS EVE; as well as the much-loved collaborations P.S. LONGER LETTER LATER; and SNAIL MAIL, NO MORE with Paula Danziger. She lives in upstate New York.

My Take on the Book
My daughter and I sat down and read this together, and I have to say that the author did a great job at transporting you as a reader into the 1930's. She paints a vivid picture of the time and you can feel, hear and experience everything that is going on around you as you read through the book. The author produces some strong characters within the book that are well developed which makes the book even that much more powerful. On top of all of this were some of the underlying messages that were tackled in this book. The book uses the experiences of the main character Abby to talk about issues such as prejudice, classism, privilege, sexism and much more, so even though this is written for younger audiences, the topics are complex and meaningful. This was a great book to start the series, and my daughter and I look forward to future books to come!

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