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Gabby Duran Series

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fun babysitting adventures are full of heart -- and aliens!

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The fun, out-of-this world Gabby Duran series touches on broad themes of acceptance and integrity, on having fun and juggling priorities, and on how it feels to disappoint someone you care about. With so many layers, readers will quickly see that these aren’t simple stories about a girl’s babysitting adventures. Despite the fact that Gabby’s charges are aliens, her priorities are very much down to Earth. She loves her family and friends, tries hard at school and band, and always wants to do the right thing. Her relationship with her sister Carmen is real and beautifully simple. Gabby doesn’t get exasperated when Carmen takes everything literally, and appreciates Carmen’s love of structure and rules. Carmen manages the family’s finances and schedules in thick binders, and can calculate the cost of a ruined meal in seconds. Gabby sees Carmen’s differences as unique strengths, not as something to change.

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