Publisher: Erie Island Media, LLC
Age group: Children
Genre: Middle grade
Format: Review copy
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A sister and brother, forced to write in the summer, and share ONE journal? Ugh.
This is exactly what happens to 10-year-old twins Maggie and Max Pruitt. When Mom comes up with a plan for them to keep a summer journal, Maggie and Max can’t believe it. Worse yet, they have to share!
Through their writing, Maggie and Max find out they have very different (and hilarious) views about growing up, family and life – a conclusion they only discovered because, as Max and Maggie say, “Mom Made Us Write This.”
Mom Made Us Write This In The Summer is a wonderful journal style book that focuses on a brother and a sister who happened to be twins. The story started off with them having to write twelve entries in a journal throughout the summer as a form of punishment for not behaving well.
Neither one of them are excited about this assignment at first. Initially, they argued a lot, with a lot of blame being tossed about. As the story progresses, I begin to see how the twins come to understand and appreciate each other better. I loved how the characters grew over the course of the twelve entries.
I really enjoyed reading this book. The format of this book is clever because of the switching viewpoints which allow readers to hear from two different perspectives. This format allows me to get to know the characters' personality better and it helps me to connect with them more through the journal that they shared.
Overall, this is a great book for kids. Aside from the writing, this book includes lovely illustrations that will stir up readers' interest and keep them from drifting away. I would highly recommend this book if you have not read this book yet.
about the author
Ali Maier was born in Johnstown, PA. In high school she spent a lot of time with children, working as a summer camp counselor for many years, volunteering to teach Sunday school at church, working in the local day-care center, and working as a kindergarten aide.
She went to John Carroll University and earned a BA in Elementary Education. Throughout college, Ali worked at a local toy store then worked in product development at a company making art and craft kits for kids.
Eventually Ali left her job to work full time with her husband, Mark, at their marketing company. When her children were born, she worked from home. Ali lives in a Cleveland suburb with her husband and two children. She loves to read, write and spend time with her family.
Ali chose to write the Mom Made Us Write This series to encourage young readers to do something she loves – to read! Ali wanted to write a book series that would allow readers to laugh & encourage them to write and share their own stories.