Miracle in Music City
Written by Natalie Grant
Illustrated by Cathi Mingus
Ages: about 7-12
Miracle in Music City is Natalie Grant's third book in the Glimmer Girls series, and my favorite so far. The Glimmer girls seem to stumble upon a mystery of some sort each time we join them on their adventures.
This time, the story takes place in Music City and centers upon the historic Grand Ole Opry. The Glimmer family is heading up a benefit to raise money for a local homeless shelter. Mr. and Mrs. Glimmer bring their children, Maddie, Mia and Lulu, in to show them they they are not too young to give back to their community. Gloria Glimmer is a singer who travels around the world. The girls often get to accompany their parents and experience things other children never get the opportunity to do. Miracle in Music City brings up the issue of homelessness in a way that makes if personal for these young girls.
The Glimmer Girls have a motto: "Glimmer girls sparkle and shine...but most of all, they are kind." That message of kindness is really a theme in this book and I love the way that so many difficult issues are dealt with in the book. I won't give any spoilers, but if you have a tween girl...I think they will enjoy this book. Probably my favorite message in this book has to do with having the right heart attitude for all we do in life.
The illustrations are simple and sweet, but there are not a lot, so it doesn't detract from the story line. This could be a pro or con, depending on your preference.
* I received a copy of the above mentioned product to help facilitate the writing of a frank and honest review. All opinions are my own. Your results and/or opinions may vary.