If you have a tween girl at home who craves fiction, this series by Dannah Gresh might be a healthy alternative to chick lit books geared toward the teen crowd. 

We received the first book in the series by Christian author Dannah Gresh.  I had already been familiar with her work; Ms. Gresh has developed books, blogs, and seminars designed to offer support to growing girls in somewhat scary times.  In Dannah’s words, a Secret Keeper Girl “values modesty, she surrounds herself with wise friends and she embraces Godly beauty. But, the most important thing for you to know is that a Secret Keeper Girl is a masterpiece created by God.”  This series sounded right up our alley!

The storyline of the first book, Danika's Totally Terrible Toss: The Legend of the Purple Flurp was simple.  It explored issues of popularity and true friendship with language that could only be described as “Tweeny.”  (You know, words like ginormous and fab.)  The book itself was short, capable of keeping any girl’s attention, and offered a moral compass that I doubt any parent (regardless of beliefs) could argue with.

Even though my daughter wouldn’t rate this as her top book choice (she is geared more towards historical fiction or sci-fi), it was a read worth its weight in paper.  It is also worth mentioning that the book contains a short activity at the end for Moms and daughters to share together.  If your tween girl likes peppy fiction that presents difficult life choices in an appropriate manner for girls as young as 8, you’ll find the Secret Keeper Girl fiction to be a safe read.  (And it just might give you a pass to talk about more pressing issues!)