May 8, 2017

Hello Stars by Alena Pitts and Wynter Pitts - Review

I received this book free from the publisher

Book details:
Age Range: 8 - 12 years
Grade Level: 3 - 7
Series: Faithgirlz / Lena in the Spotlight
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Zonderkidz (April 25, 2017)
ISBN-13: 978-0310760597

About this book:
Lena Daniels never thought she’d get the chance star in a movie. Headstrong and determined, she has her life planned out to the minute. But when her best friends, Savannah and Emma, tell her about an audition, she knows there’s nothing else in the world she’d rather do. And now that she’s gotten her wish, Lena finds that being in the spotlight is harder than it sounds. She got everything she never wanted! Her face turns up everywhere she goes, and everything in her life is flipped upside down. Lena wonders if this is a dream come true or a horrible nightmare. Even a visit from her best friends during filming turns into a disaster.

With her little sisters—Ansley, Ashton, and Amber—and her mischievous pup, Austin, constantly at her side, Lena must face the challenges of everyday life while chasing her dreams of being a model and actress on the big screen. Lena tackles tough choices, learns the value of perseverance, and keeps her hopes high. She knows her faith and family will keep her feet on the ground and her eyes on the stars.

This Faithgirlz series entitled Lena in the Spotlight, written by Alena Pitts, star of War Room and tween blogger of For Girls Like You, and co-written with her mother, editor and author, Wynter Pitts, is a reflection of Alena’s own life experiences as she reaches for the stars and keeps her faith in balance.

Meet the authors - Alena Pitts and Wynter Pitts:
Alena Pitts is a young actress and model from Dallas, Texas. As the oldest of four girls, Alena first cut her teeth in acting through making home videos and dramas with her sisters, using their entire home as their recording studio. She has a natural love for all things creative which falls right in line with her gifts and talents. The Kendrick Brothers’ War Room marks Alena’s professional acting debut. With only school theater on her young resume, Alena jumped at a chance to audition for the role of Danielle Jordan. In addition to school and acting, Alena models and is a frequent contributor for the magazine For Girls Like You.

Wynter Pitts is the founder of For Girls Like You Magazine and the author of For Girls Like You: A Devotional for Tweens and You’re God’s Girl. The mother of four girls, Wynter’s mission is to empower and equip girls to walk boldly into becoming who God has created them to be and to provide parents with the resources and support needed to raise strong Christ followers. In addition to publishing the quarterly magazine, Wynter is a frequent blogger, a contributor for LifeWay’s ParentLife Magazine, and a public speaker. She is also the niece of Dr. Tony Evans. Wynter, her husband Jonathan, and four daughters (ages 6-11), reside in Dallas, Texas.

My thoughts:
What a fun book for young pre-teen girl to enjoy. It reminds us that you should be careful what you wish for. Not everything turns out the way you think it will. But at the same time you should go for your dreams. It was fun to read Lena's journal entries as part of the story. That way you really got to know what Lena was feeling. The writing style of this author makes the book go by quickly and leaves you wanting more. You start to think of Lena as one of your friends and you want to be on the journey with her. I thought that it was great that this book was written by a twelve year old with the help of her mom. I think that added to the tween perspective of the book. Looking forward to getting book two for my niece. 

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