Review of Riley Mae and the Ready Eddy Rapids a Faithgirlz Book

Leah Courtney

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As a parent, I'm always on the lookout for good books for my kids. My girls have enjoyed some of the Faithgirlz books. But I hadn't seen the new Riley Mae series until I had the opportunity to review Riley Mae and the Ready Eddy Rapids.

From the description:

If you’re gonna run for your life, you gotta wear the right shoes.
Life is rapidly changing for pre-teen shoe spokesperson Riley Mae. After the last photo shoot and trek up the Half-Dome in Yosemite, Riley Mae and her Swiftriver friends find themselves in Northwest Montana, the perfect backdrop for a river sandal campaign. The first problem is a plane malfunction. Then the rigorous raft training for the “Ready Eddy” river sandal campaign brings more bumps and bruises. And given that she is in Montana for a shoe campaign instead of back home with her friends, Riley thinks life can’t get much worse. But then she meets Sunday, a 10 year-old boy from Kenya, who wrestles fish, battles bears, and tackles leukemia. And Riley soon learns that life is as unpredictable as the raging waters, which, if she is not careful, will sweep her away and into the hands of the enemy - who is even closer than she thinks.
This book was the second in the series, so it was a little hard to follow. There were several events from the first book that I think would have made this one a little easier to understand. Once I was past that, however, I really liked this one as a good choice for my girls.
Riley Mae is a spunky heroine. She's "real" in the sense that girls will be able to relate to her. She is a preteen, and even though the reading level of the book might be a little lower than that, I think preteen girls will still relate to her. My 14 year old still enjoyed it even though she reads above that level. The situations and experiences that Riley Mae is in are probably better understood and related to by preteens, not younger girls.
It's nice to find a book for kids that isn't featuring a smart aleck kid as the main character and doesn't make parents and grown ups look silly. Instead the character really does want to do the right the right thing and is seeking God in her life.
I look forward to sharing this one with all my girls. I give it 5 stars and a G rating.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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