The Secret Sisters Club
Series: A Ginnie West Adventure #1
Published by True West Publishing
Publication Date March 18, 2012
Genres: Middle School
Main Character Ages: 11-14
Written for: Middle-School
Twelve-year-old BFF’s Ginnie West and Tillie Taylor, want to be sisters. Ginnie's widowed dad plus Tillie's divorced mom could equal a lifetime of round-the-clock girl talk and slumber parties. Too bad Dad vowed to never marry again. Ginnie and Tillie come up with the perfect scheme to change his mind: ‘Operation Secret Sisters’ (aka OSS). After all, if they can’t get Dad to move on, Tillie can’t move in.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Of the two girls, I much preferred Tillie. She was more a gentle rule-follower as opposed to the headstrong Ginnie. Tillie had always admired Ginnie’s dad and wanted to have him as her dad, too. So she dreamed up this plot of getting their parents together…
While their attempts at matching their parents is an undercurrent, the real story is Ginnie’s desire to know more of her mom.
The West family was quite interesting and I’m curious to learn more about the dynamics. Uncle Jake was so fun. And as the fun uncle, when Ginnie’s actions needed correction on his watch, he had quite the dilemma!
The Secret Sisters Club was enjoyable and well written. I was disappointed that there wasn’t a bigger deal about dealing with Ginnie’s explosion. Though she eventually decided to trust her dad, it felt like she was not disciplined well and it didn’t seem like she ever really saw the wrong in her actions.
While this is not listed as any type of religious fiction, there are references to the twins being in heaven before they were born. One place specifically talked about them being held by their grandmothers there. This is the Mormon teaching of human pre-existence and is not taught in the Bible, which made me uncomfortable to have it included in the story. This is the only doctrine that does show up here, so parents, you decide whether this is a concern in what is otherwise a sweet story.