Adventure is a
vibrant chapter book mystery for preteens that emphasizes the importance of
intergenerational communication and love as well as the immense value of
thinking beyond cultural stereotypes. To develop a new moral code or vision,
both these elements are crucial. Perhaps the most striking quality of “Lottie’s
Adventure: Facing The Monster” is its powerful positive energy. Featuring a
(Review from The Midwest Book Review)
5.0 out of 5 stars A WONDERFULLY TOLD CHAPTER BOOK FOR THE TWEEN
Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2020
I bought this book at the local bookstore for my niece and just had to read it too.
While reading Barbara Frances’ chapter book Lottie’s Adventure: Facing the Monster, I was swept back to the books of my childhood. A place where tweens helped each other and became heroes without the use of make-believe or magic brooms. Just plain old smarts, ingenuity, and integrity.
I was engrossed in the story of Lottie, a Hispanic girl, as she helped Charles Ray a black boy, who had been kidnapped escape and confront the bad guy, outsmarting him, while facing their own fears. The friendship that grew between the two was a lesson in how people all want the same things out of life regardless of their upbringing, race, or nationality.
It is a compelling and wonderful tale that I’d recommend to both adults and the tween alike.