Book 1: The Secret Sisters Club
Twelve-year-old BFF’s Ginnie and Tillie, want to be sisters. Tillie’s divorced mom plus Ginnie’s widowed dad could equal a lifetime of round-the-clock girl talk and slumber parties. Too bad Dad vowed to never marry again. Ginnie and Tillie form a secret club and come up with the perfect mission to change his mind: ‘Operation Secret Sisters’. Before long, Tillie seems happier about gaining a dad than a sister. Ginnie suspects that Tillie has turned ‘Operation Secret Sisters’ into a scam called ‘Operation Steal My Dad.’ Things get more complicated when Ginnie stumbles across her real mom’s hidden journals. Ginnie can finally get to know the mother she doesn’t remember and Dad doesn’t talk about. When Dad discovers she has the journals, he takes them away. Ginnie needs to figure out what the big mystery is before her relationship with her father and her best friend are ruined forever.
“I enjoyed the book so much that I ordered copies of it for my 21 Girl Scouts!”
“Apple sauce, what a fun read!”
“My nephew enjoyed this book. I think he crushed on the main character. “
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Putting her body in motion before her brain is in gear creates a mountain of problems for twelve-year-old Ginnie West. She is certain that defending her twin brother, Toran, from the biggest bully in sixth grade was the right thing to do. But Ginnie couldn’t be more wrong. She quickly figures out that Toran doesn’t appreciate being rescued by a girl any better than Charlie likes being knocked down by one. When Charlie seeks revenge on Ginnie, Toran sets aside his anger and helps her plot a playback prank at Charlie’s house. Sadly, Ginnie learns that Charlie has a reason for being a bully when she sees his dad drop him to the floor like a ragdoll with one awful blow to the chest. Realizing he’s a boy in big trouble, Ginnie switches gears and decides to be his ally, even if he won’t let her be his friend.
“As a mother I couldn’t put these books down. While they may be written for middle grade children, I was not only entertained, but inspired.”
“I’m very impressed with the good writing and the great messages it shares for kids to read at about ages 12-13.”
“I like the way this book is about forgiveness and friendship being a way to solve your bullying problems.”
Twelve-year-old BFFs schemed to get Ginnie’s widowed dad to fall in love with Tillie’s divorced mom. When their parents go along with the matchmaking, the girls are stoked. Sweet! Not long after though, Ginnie stumbles upon her late mom’s journals, making life even more awesome sauce … until her dad confiscates the journals, determined to protect Ginnie from a danger he won’t name.
Ginnie is counting on her future sister’s help to make Dad change his mind, but Tillie’s not so sure the ghost of Ginnie’s mom will make a good addition to their new family tree. Besides, Tillie is too busy trying to keep the memory of her abusive, no-good , rotten-excuse-for-a-birth-father from bubbling to the surface to worry about what’s bugging Ginnie. He left six years ago and Tillie’s knows a better dad when she sees one … Ginnie’s dad.
The girls’ world gets flipped upside-down when a blast from the past shows up and makes Tillie go nutburgers. Ginnie is torn between helping her best friend and what could be the answer to her prayers. Life gets complicated lickety-split in what is sure to be the most pivotal summer of Ginnie’s life.
“Monique continues to amaze me with her ability to gently handle issues that far to many children have to deal with these days.”
“Be forewarned: this book is hard to put down once you pick it up!”
“One of the things that stands out to me about this book is how much my niece loves it. I liked the heartfelt moments of this book and it had a great message. She devored the book, she loved Ginnie’s spunk.”
CIR: Tell us about the star of your series, Ginnie West.
BUCHEGER: My favorite comparison is of Ginnie being considered a cross between Tom Sawyer and Pippi Longstocking. She has also been compared to Pixar’s Merida (from Brave) with all of the spirit, minus the red hair.
CIR: Is that what the series is like, too?
BUCHEGER: I have been told The Secret Sisters Club has a fun “Parent Trap meets An American Girl” feel.
CIR: What themes does the series deal with?
BUCHEGER: I deal with real-life themes like friendship, child abuse, abandonment, how-do-I-fit-in?, family, being accountable for the choices one makes (good and bad). One goal of my series is to empower kids who have been hurt (and those who want to help them) in positive, uplifting ways.
Learn more about Monique Bucheger and her books at her blog.