Island Girl, written for teen girls, centers around Meg, a thirteen-year-old whose parents are divorced, and her father is in the army. Every summer Meg goes to visit her grandparents on a berry farm in Oregon. But this time, when Meg arrives she is greeted by a girl whom Meg thinks threatens her peaceful getaway.
Instead, Tia becomes Meg's best friend and the two girls hang out all summer. Meg's divorced parents have let her decide where she will live for the next couple of years. With that choice heavy on her shoulders and her own personal problems with God, Meg has a big decision to make by the end of the summer.
Island Girl by Sandra Byrd is 234 pages long, and is part of a series called Friends for a Season. Byrd has written many books for teen girls including The Hidden Diary series. As a fellow thirteen-year-old with a similar background, I found Island Girl easy to relate to. I highly recommend this book to young teens. – Estee Wells, Christian Book Previews.com
Every summer thirteen-year-old Meg returns to the berry fields of her grandparents’ Oregon farm. But this year everything is different. Back home, her mother is remarried with a new baby on the way, and Meg isn’t sure where she fits in the family anymore. And now the comfortable familiarity of the farm has changed, too. There’s a new girl, Tia, whose father has been hired to run the farm—a job Meg had hoped her army colonel dad would take over when he retires.
During this season of growth, Meg faces the challenges of figuring out what life, family, and friendship are all about. And like the vines in her grandfather’s fields, Meg strives to be a strong branch that bears sweet, plentiful fruit.