Wednesday, October 25, 2017

"Kayla's Big Move" by Angela Dusenberry

About this book:

  “Kayla, a twelve-year-old girl who recently lost her father during a school shooting, is facing many changes. Raised in a Christian home, she has learned to take her religion for granted. Now, she is starting seventh grade in a new town, a new school, with no friends, and no father. Her problem escalates when she makes friends with two girls who seem to be archenemies. For the first time, being a Christian seems to interfere with being popular, and she is faced with one of the biggest decisions of her life: Does being a Christian mean more than just believing in God ... and if so, does she really want to be one?”

Series: Book #1 in the “Undercover Angels” series.

Spiritual Content- Scriptures are read, mentioned, quoted, & remembered; Prayers & Blessings over food; Church going, youth group, & sermons/teachings; Talks about God, praying, & church; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mentions of God & trusting Him; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of Bibles & Bible reading; Mentions of churches, church going, sermons, youth groups, & pastors; Mentions of Christians; Mentions of Heaven; A few mentions of angels; A few mentions of blessings; A couple mentions of a mission trip; A couple mentions of Bible colleges & church camp; A couple mentions of sins;
             *Note: A few mentions of demons.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘stupid’ and 2 ‘oh my gosh’s; Some eye rolling; Helping someone cheat on a test & toilet papering a house (Kayla does feel guilt over both though after the fact and owns up to her mistakes, barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of school shootings & Kayla’s father’s death (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of a rumor about a pastor who tried to poison/kill his son; Mentions of poisons & an assumed murderer; Mentions of blood/bleeding, injuries, & stitches (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of toilet papering & egging a house (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of vandalism & graffiti; Mentions of cheating & helping someone cheat; Mentions of gossip & rumors; A few mentions of a bomb; A few mentions of paddling (spankings); A couple mentions of lies; A couple mentions of a divorce;
             *Note: Kayla does wear a bit of makeup to school with her mother’s permission; A few mentions of car brands; A couple mentions of movies.

Sexual Content- A bit of noticing, blushes, & crushes; Mentions of boyfriends, couples, & dating in seventh grade; Mentions of cute boys, crushes, liking someone, & thinking about holding hands; A few mentions of dating & a breakup;
             *Note: A mention of B.O.

-Kayla Anderson, age 12
                                                 P.O.V. of Kayla
                                                        134 pages

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New Teens-
Early High School Teens-
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My personal Rating-
{Add ½ for girls in Public/Private school}
This is one of the few books that has received an all-a-round rating here on BFCG! Meaning that all five ratings are the same; this one received a rating of Three Stars overall.
While reading this book, I really felt for Kayla and honestly wanted to give her a hug at many points. I was proud of the ending and how Kayla acted. This is a good book—especially for younger girls in a private or public school setting—that dealt with a few popular topics in a nice manner! :)

See y’all on Wednesday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Author for this honest review.

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