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The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls

By Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fun page-turner weaves in some ruby slipper magic.

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age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+

Can't wait for the sequel!

We listened to this book on a long road trip and my kids couldn't get enough of it. Even my 14 yr old would get in the car and say "Hurry up! Turn the book on!" It was a little over my 5 yr old's head but it kept the whole car's attention (from 40 yrs all the way down to 5 yrs.) We can't wait for the sequel!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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Filled with adventure, mystery, teamwork, fantasy, humor, and wonderful illustrations, this is a page-turner that will delight tween readers. Sending a good message for this often-cliquey age, the 11-year-old girls living on Gumm Street are very different and don't like one another in the beginning. But each has unique skills that makes her a good member of this sleuthing team.

The fantasy elements and even the character names are quirky and fun. Positive messages of beauty are woven in when two over-the-top characters who want the perfect eternal-youth-and-beauty potion have their plans foiled by the girls, who have a much more grounded idea of beauty.

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