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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Blog Tour - Viva Alice! by Judi Curtin (Book Review)

Viva Alice! - Alice and Megan 8

A new Alice and Megan story! Alice and Megan are back together again! When they are together, they can handle anything! Grace invites Alice and Megan to spend Easter in her house in Lanzarote. The girls are accidentally left home-alone for two days in the house. It's fun at first, until they become trapped on an upstairs balcony and spend a long cold night and day waiting to be rescued! Meanwhile Melissa is still unhappy at boarding school. Alice wants to help her to get back to their school, but Megan sees this as a betrayal. Tension mounts between the two girls, until Megan gives in and agrees to help. In the end, Melissa comes back, and Megan realises that she is confident enough to stand up to her.

This is the eighth book in the series by Judi Curtin about friends Alice, Megan and Grace. It is the first book I have seen and read by the author and I think this is a great series for girls aged 9+. It reminds me of Enid Blyton and her series' of books featuring groups of female friends. 

The book is a good series but it also has a number of messages behind the story too - friends sticking together, friends extending the hand of friendship and also helping others out of unhappy situations. All these are included within the book and added together they make for an eventful Easter holiday spent in Lanzarote. I also liked Megan's story, who is slightly embarressed about her family but soon realises that she has a fantastic family who, many outsiders, look at with envy - something which I think many children will find is the case about their own family!

It is a great book and as I have previously said, I have not read any of the other books in the series but I think it could be said that it is the modern day equivalent of some of Enid Blyton's school series about true friendship.

Thank you to Antonia Wilkinson, O'Brien Press and the author, Judi Curtin, for inviting me to be part of this blog tour and sending me the book to review.

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