Twelve-year-old BFF’s Ginnie and Tillie, 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 form a secret club and come up with the perfect mission to change his mind: ‘Operation Secret Sisters’.
Before long, Tillie seems happier about gaining a dad than a sister. Ginnie suspects that Tillie has turned ‘Operation Secret Sisters’ into a scam called ‘Operation Steal My Dad.’ Things get more complicated when Ginnie stumbles across her real mom’s hidden journals. Ginnie can finally get to know the mother she doesn’t remember and Dad doesn’t talk about.
When Dad discovers she has the journals, he takes them away. Ginnie needs to figure out what the big mystery is before her relationship with her father and her best friend are ruined forever.
If you like farms, friends, horses, and secrets, you’ll love: Trouble Blows West: A Ginnie West Adventure. So saddle up and be ready to ride with Ginnie as she explores the true meaning of friendship.
Debbie Shakespeare Smith, middle-grade author of The House of Chicken
TROUBLE BLOWS WEST: A Ginnie West Adventure (BOOK 2)
Putting her body in motion before her brain is in gear creates a mountain of problems for 12 year-old Ginnie West. She is certain that defending her twin brother, Toran, from the biggest bully in sixth grade was the right thing to do. But Ginnie couldn’t be more wrong.
She quickly figures out that Toran doesn’t appreciate being rescued by a girl any better than Charlie likes being knocked down by one. When Charlie seeks revenge on Ginnie, Toran sets aside his anger and helps her plot a playback prank at Charlie’s house.
Sadly, Ginnie learns that Charlie has a reason for being a bully when she sees his dad drop him to the floor like a ragdoll with one awful blow to the chest. Realizing he's a boy in big trouble, Ginnie switches gears and decides to be his ally, even if he won’t let her be his friend.
I loved this book! I didn’t know a book without zombies could be good! 15 yr-old Amanda
SIMPLY WEST OF HEAVEN: A Ginnie West Adventure: (BOOK 3)
Twelve year-old Ginnie and her BFF, Tillie, schemed to get Ginnie’s widowed dad to fall in love with Tillie’s divorced mom. It worked. But before they could become ‘for real’ sisters, Ginnie stumbled across her dead mom’s journals. Which was totally awesome sauce… until her dad took them away and won’t tell her why. Now all their plans are starting to unravel.
If that’s not bad enough, Ginnie’s favorite uncle drops the mother of all bombshells and leaves her in a maze of uncertainty. While her head is still spinning from that news, a blast from her late mother’s past shows up and makes Tillie goes nutburgers. Ginnie realizes her best friend has her own agenda and Tillie’s plans to merge their families may not be so innocent.
SIMPLY WEST OF HEAVEN is a contemporary MG novel that follows Ginnie West as she tries to make sense of one too many curve balls tossed her way in the most pivotal summer of her life.
My Review of Trouble Blows West
Ginnie West is a spirited 12 year old girl. She's pretty impulsive and that tends to get her into a lot of trouble. That scares her dad and her twin brother Toran, who tends to be a bit more grounded. One day, in the cafeteria at school a bully, Charlie, comes up to her brother Toran and threatens to beat him up. Toran would like to just talk things out with the bully and help him to see reason, but Ginnie's style has her right in the bully's face and shoving him onto the ground. Unfortunately, Ginnie and the bully were seen by the teachers that were around the cafeteria, and they are quickly hauled to the principal's office for their punishment. At Ginnie's school there is no tolerance for fighting, and both children are suspended immediately for two days. Ginnie doesn't figure that her dad is going to be mad at her for defending him, he never has been before, but this time she's wrong. He and Toran are both furious, they know that Ginnie could get hurt very badly by fighting boys that are far larger than her. Ginnie's dad figures a punishment out for Ginnie very quickly, she must paint the fence by herself and she can't ride her horse Calliope until the fence is painted. She also must think about how she could be hurt by her impulsiveness, and change accordingly. But Charlie has vowed to get even with the girl who beat him in a fight and made his dad so mad that he beat Charlie yet again. Will Ginnie be able to curb her impulsiveness and not get in trouble again, or will she need to learn another hard lesson from her dad's working punishments?
This is a really fun series. I love how Ginnie is so willing to stand up for her brother and her best friend Tillie in this book. I also like that her dad is happy to teach her through having her work hard. I like the way this book is about forgiveness and friendship being a way to solve your bullying problems.
I was given an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Monique Bucheger was born in Landstuhl, Germany to active duty Air Force parents. After watching her creative writing teacher's astronaut son lift off in the Space Shuttle Endeavor, she recalled a promise to her teacher to write the books only she could write. In January of 2011, her first book made it through the first 3 tiers of Amazon's National BreakThrough Novel Award Contest to the top 5%. In November of 2012 Mrs. Bucheger was offered a 3 book contract for her Ginnie West series. Book one: THE SECRET SISTERS CLUB: A Ginnie West Adventure was published March 8, 2012. Her second book: TROUBLE BLOWS WEST: A Ginnie West Adventure was published April 14, 2012.
Mrs. Bucheger has championed the cause of children as a foster parent to over 120 children and her books embrace and empower people on all sides of the child abuse issue.