by Jill Osborne
published by Zonderkidz
My Two Cents
As a reader (and lover) of Christian fiction, I confess that some of it is less than awesome...just like any genre. And with a middle grade reader in my home, I have encountered many sub-par books in this category. I have to tell you though, Riley Mae exceeded my expectations. It is not at all "preachy." which is the downfall of many Christian middle grade books. This book included scripture, but not every other sentence. It focused on real world issues of 12 year old Riley Mae, who is just as lively as any tween. The central verse is Ephesians 6:15 : "For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared." I thought this was a perfect verse for a darling protagonist who happens to be the spokeswoman for a shoe company! The central theme is clearly Christian, and the book embrace Christianity as a belief, a way of living...not just lip-service and churchy words. The book is action packed and has some mystery. It is just plain fun to read!
"'Normal' was starting to confuse me.
For Sunday, getting back to normal would be good.
For Rusty, not so good.
For me...well, I had a feeling that I wouldn't have
to worry too much about that,
because it was never going to happen."
I had not read the first book in The Good News Shoes series (Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek), but I will definitely purchase it for my daughter! I whole-heartedly recommend this to readers on Christian fiction. It is scripturally sound and enjoyable to read.
About the Author:
Jill Osborne works in children’s ministry and has a passion for telling great stories. She has written plays, skits for youth groups and Sunday morning drama teams, curriculum for children’s ministry, countless articles for her church newsletter, and a blog about taking a sabbatical in a motor home. is her first series for kids, and she plans to run with it!
Find out more about Jill on her blog: www.thegoodnewsshoesblog.com ! Tween girls can also enter to be featured on her blog!