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Friday, August 28, 2009

Shelley Adina: Tidings of Great Boys

When I was given the chance to receive and review Tidings of Great Boys by Shelley Adina prior to its publication (September 8, Faith Words/Hachette Book Group), I couldn't resist. Isn't that a great title?

Lady Lindsay MacPhail (Mac) is going home to Scotland for the holidays and bringing her friends from Spencer Academy--Carly, Lissa, Gillian, and Shani--with her.

As if the holidays weren't stressful enough, Mac has to:

- Convince her childhood friends that she's still the same old Mac and that going to school in California has not turned her into a Hollywood type consumed with image.

- Organize a traditional New Year's Eve dance/party (Hogmany).

- Find a way to spend more time with the guy she's crushing on, who may or may not return her feelings.

- Get her parents back together

- Help Shani get out of a sticky situation with Prince Rashid's family (it turns out that angry royal family members are very persistent and beyond intimidating).

Even worse? She finds out her mom's been keeping a secret--her parents are in financial trouble and may lose their castle.

Will a little faith and great friends help Mac save the day?

Tidings of Great Boys is the fifth book in the All About Us series. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to read the first four books--none of the libraries in my area had them. There were times I felt a little confused, but Shelley Adina did a good job filling in the blanks for new readers.

I enjoyed reading dialogue written in authentic Scottish dialect and learning about Scottish holiday customs.

All in all, a fun read. I'm looking forward to reading more about Mac and her friends.

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