Sunday, December 3, 2017

Review: Tommy Nelson's Brave Girls Confidential by Travis Thrasher, Illustrated by Aleksey and Olga Ivanov

Stories and Secrets About Faith and Friendship
by Travis Thrasher
Illustrated by Aleksey and Olga Ivanov
Middle Grade Religious Fiction
ages 8 and up
224 pages

Join Brave Girls Faith, Hope, Glory, Gracie, and Honor as they discover how much they are loved and they learn what it means to live godly lives in their homes, schools, and communities.

Faith, Hope, Glory, Gracie, and Honor are five regular girls with regular lives. They have frustrating siblings and friends who fight sometimes, even though they love each other a lot. They have strong subjects in school, but they have struggles too. They love Jesus, and sometimes they have questions about Him. They’re just like you!

Brave Girls Confidential is a collection of stories meant to encourage and inspire. Through tales of what it means to be brave, strong, and faithful in everyday life, the Brave Girls show young readers how exciting faith can be. With engaging stories, strengthening scriptures, and takeaway discussion points to encourage meaningful conversations, Tommy Nelson's Brave Girls Confidential has something for every girl who longs to live brave.

The great content and beautiful full-color design make Tommy Nelson's Brave Girls Confidentiala wonderful gift for any young girl.


This is a wonderful set of girls, which is sure to become a favorite among readers.

Hope, Glory, Honor, Gracie and Faith are best friends, who met through their youth group at church. They are having a slumber party, and as many friends do, decide to share stories of their toughest times as well as encouraging ones. It's a moment of special bonding and inspiration too.

The Brave Girls is a lovely group of friends. Although best friends, they are as different from each other as different could be. Each has their own background, personality and desires, yet they share a faith in God and get along swimmingly. Each girl has a one page introduction, where she tells about herself. This allows readers to get a handle on them and even find their favorites, or the one they relate to most. After this, a chapter is spent describing them at the slumber party and setting the basic scene. In the following chapters, the girls each describe a very difficult situation from their lives and how they made it through. These problems range from divorce to starting at a new school to not fitting in and more. Readers are sure to find a situation and girl they have no trouble relating with. While the first five experiences describe how each girl overcomes a difficulty in life, the second group of five tells how they found the power to be brave and face fears. All of these experience chapters start with a related Bible verse and end with a prayer, a list of questions to help the reader discuss and think about the tale, and a full page picture with a short phrase to offer inspiration.

While the girl's names are very direct in their meaning, they are an easy group to like and wish they were a reader's friends. The girls and experiences come across very natural and close to life. There's tons of food for thought and words of ponder for young Christians.

Large, bright illustrations bring each page to life and make it easy to dive into the story. But then, I'm a huge fan of illustrations in middle grade fiction.

Summed up, this is a great read for Christian girls and is sure to become a favorite for those who enjoy diving into true to life friendship and tales.

I received a complimentary copy through Booklook Bloggers.

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