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Welcome to Camden Falls

23 Oct

Title: Welcome to Camden Falls
Author: Ann Martin
Series: Main Street
Recommended for: Girls 3-6 grade
Pages: 192
Call Number/Link:  J MAR

Synopsis: Flora and Ruby do not want to move to Camden Falls. But they don’t really have a choice — their parents are dead and their grandmother, Min, is taking them in. It’s strange to be in a new place. But luckily, it’s a very welcoming place.
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Review:  This book is the first in a series of ten, in which I have read the first five books.  I am enjoying it, and in some ways it is like a typical girls friendship books series and in some ways it is not.  Flora and Ruby have lost their parents in a car accident and now have to move in with their grandmother in Massachusetts.Older sister Flora is shy and Ruby is outgoing, so the author does a great job of showing how both girls work through their grief.  Along with this issue, other characters  both adult and child are dealing with some pretty heavy problems; such as Alzheimer’s, racism, abusive parents, and Downs Syndrome.   The books have characters with these issues and its handled in a  gentle way.  It’s not all sunshine and roses, but still there and in a very realistic way.

I would recommend for girls that enjoy a little tragedy in their books, starting with about third grade. There is not even a little bit of romance in the series but I still don’t think that there is much boy appeal in these books.

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