Keeping Secrets by Maggie Dana

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A nice book for the horseloving tween.
Having read quite a few horsey books in my time, I quite enjoyed the change of pace this book has offered me. Whilst you still get all the horse references, the story is not what I was expecting when I saw the cover. It wasn’t all about the rivalry at competitions. Far more, it was also about a special friendship, or rather bond, that formed between the two girls. Both have their own battles to face, but find a shoulder to lean on in each other. This bond that they share is also what brings both girls back to life, so to speak. I will be reading more of the series, provided I can find the books.

The Isobel Journal Review

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Hhm, where to start?
I love the drawings and photographs. I love how the book seems to come straight out of Isobel’s life, as it should, I guess. I also love the details that seem to have gone into designing this title and the thoughts that are shared with the reader on life.

That said, I do have a few issues… The book is, in my mind, too easy for an 18, or even 16 year olds life. Whilst it’s coherent writing in itself, I had trouble believing that I’m reading about an older teenager’s everyday life. The drawings are very expressive, but most topics and thoughts seem more suited to a tween. That’s not bad, but the text provided by the publisher is slightly misleading as far as I’m concerned. Having said that, the last sixtyish pages are quite realistic again.

Overall, it’s a sweet, quick read.

Fab Fashions You Can Make And Share Review

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This book is a beautifully designed crafts book for tweens. It is set in the world of the sleepover girls and seems to be 1 of 4 crafty/cookery books.

There’s a nice mix of beautifying tips, sewing, glueing and “ready-made” crafts that just need to be cut out. Whilst I don’t know what quality of paper these last projects are on, I can certainly say that the instructions are easy to follow and the crafts are all sleepover themed. I’d certainly have enjoyed a crafty sleepover with my friends, using this book as a basis. I’d suggest this is perfect for 10-13 year old girls.

Custom Confections Review

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Lovely pictures make you hungry to try out the recipes. Whilst everything looks professional and elaborate, the instructions are dead easy to follow, making this a good book for tweens (and grown ups) who fancy trying baking and decorating.

I really can’t wait to try the recipes. Whilst you aren’t given alternatives for hard to find (outside of US/UK) ingredients, there is a wonderful imperial-metric chart and pictures of all the tools, so you know exactly what’s needed at all times.