Saturday, 11 June 2011

Seahorse Stars: The First Pearl by Zuzu Singer

1st June 2011, Usborne 
112 pages, Paperback
Personal copy 

Children's, 7+ 

Close friends, snooty classmate, jealousy, striving to be the best, disappointment, fear, ingenuity, bravery, being part of a community, working hard, lots of humour 

Summary from Usborne 
Cammie is thrilled to be a member of the Pearlies - the waviest club in Rainbow Reef. She's just six steps away from earning her Proficiency Pearls and proving she's got what it takes to join the Seahorse Stars! Cammie's first task is to go camping. Will she keep her cool, or will it turn into camping chaos?

Nayuleska's reasons for loving Cammie: her little bout of jealousy which turns into something huge was something I suffered from when I was younger. The way she over-studied for her exam is very much like me. 

Is there another character who deserves a mention? Of course - Jess! She can tell a fab story (hopefully mine are ok....) 

How evil/nasty is the enemy? Corinetta is a snooty madam, even in an emergency she refuses to work. Plus Cammie stresses herself out attempt to be the best - a person is always their own worst enemy. 

Are there plenty of plot twists and surprises? Although a little predictable, there were a fair smattering of surprises that made me smile or gasp. 

One of my favourite parts was...when Cammie & her new classmates all said the pledge together by joining tails. I got tears in my eyes at that part (and at the end). 

This definitely gets 10/10! 

Suggested reads
Be sure to check out book 2: First Aid Friends which is out now! 

For more animal adventures, try LA Weatherly's Pocket Cats series (under the alias Kitty Wells): which ends with Friends Forever

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