About the book: Twelve-year-old BFFs, Ginnie West and Tillie Taylor, are matchmaking geniuses. Together, they maneuvered Ginnie’s widower-dad into proposing to Tillie’s divorcee-mom. Sweet! Certain they are well on their way to sisterhood, each girl is floored when Tillie’s lousy-excuse-for-a-father puts in an appearance after a six year absence. Too bad “lousy dad repellant” doesn’t come in a can. Even though Tillie’s dad has sobered up and is determined to make amends, Tillie would rather he just disappear again. If he stays, “Operation: Secret Sisters” may need to be renamed “Operation: Not Gonna Happen.”
If that’s not bad enough, the biggest bully in seventh grade comes over often and wishes he could call the West’s farmhouse “home.” When the bully’s abusive dad shows up as well, Ginnie thinks it’s time to change her family’s motto from “When you’re here, you’re family” to “There’s no more room at the West’s.”
Book snippet: Calliope shied backward.
“So do we.” Ginnie stroked her horse’s neck. “This is private property. We don’t want trouble.”
He glared at Ginnie. “If your uncle keeps interfering with my family, you’ll have plenty of it.”
Remembering that Uncle Ben and Uncle Jake were in the field—and not here to help—burrowed panic into Ginnie’s belly the the termites happily feasted on it.
Mr. Owens ignored her and strode with determined steps to the farmhouse.
“Hey!” Ginnie clicked at Calliope and rode in front of Mr. Owens, wheeling Calliope around and stopping him in his tracks. “You should leave. Get a grip and come back when you’ve calmed down. They’ll still be here.”
“No, they won’t, girly.” The snarl on his face froze Ginnie in her saddle. “I’ll make it so this is the last place they ever come.” He shook his fist and then slashed his hand through the air, pointing an angry finger at her. “You and your family have meddled enough.”
My Review: Wow, I loved this book! I love the way that Ginnie is not afraid to stand up for herself or for others. But what I really loved is that in this book Tillie is able to stand up for herself as well. In their other adventures, Tillie has always kind of taken a back seat to Ginnies dominant personality, but in this one Tillie is able to stand up for herself and sort of channel what Ginnie would do. I loved that she is able to see her past, not for what she remembered as a small child, but for what actually happened and is able to move on from that. The characters in this book are great, I love that they are able to show how to live old fashioned values, things like honesty, treating others with respect and civility, in this modern world. I also really liked the plot, I was glad to see the way that both Ginnie and Jasper reacted to the bully in this one. Such a great ending! This is a series that all pre-teens should read!
Check out my reviews of the other books in this series: The Secret Sisters Club, Trouble Blows West, Simply West of Heaven
About the author: When Monique Bucheger isn’t writing, you can find her playing taxi driver to one or more of her children, plotting her next novel, scrapbooking, or being the “Mamarazzi” at any number of child-oriented events. Even though she realizes there will never be enough hours in any given day, Monique tries very hard to enjoy
the journey that is her life.
She shares it with a terrific husband, her dozen children, an adorable granddaughter, a son-in-law, three cats, and many real and imaginary friends. She is the author of several books and plans to write many more. You can find more about Monique and her works at:
Monique Bucheger (author of The Ginnie West Adventure Books)
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