Monday, October 26, 2015

Some Great Gift Ideas for Tweens for Christmas!

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received these books, free of charge,from Zondervan Publishing, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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And now for 3 books books from one of our favorite Christian book publishers, that would be the perfect gift for any pre-tween/tweens on your holiday list this year!

Best Hair Book Ever!


Buh-bye, bad hair days! This complete guide,  from the editors of Faithgirlz! and Girls’ Life magazine, teaches girls  to care, cuts and cute styles makes it easy to have amazing hair each and every day of the week. With tons of tutorials for pretty ponies, bold braids and easy updos, you’ll go from school to sports to sleepovers with your loveliest-ever locks.
Plus, get the answers to your trickiest tress troubles: How do you fix frizz once and for all? What’s the best way to get tousled curls or an awesome blowout? What are the secrets to growing out your hair…fast? All these answers (and more) inside this girly guide filled with tried 'n’ true tips and techniques.
So no matter what your strand-styling skill level is now, you’ll soon be the girl who’s showing her friends how to finesse a fishtail or do a double Dutch braid. And what’s more beautiful than that? 

This book is another hit from the combined team of Faithgirlz and Girls Life!  The 128 pages are really aimed at girls 8-14, but even older girls will learn from it. It has everything from basic hair care an, cuts and style, to more complicated updos and braids, With tips and tricks, it helps to make sure that young girls are aware of proper care for their hair, and with additional quotes, how they can remain beautiful on the inside, as well as having great hair! This would be a fun book to include with hair styling tools and acessories in a fun gift basket, for your favorite tween on your holiday gift list this year!

 May The Faith Be With You


This 180-day devotional is for kids ages 6-10, although kids a bit older will enjoy as well. While NOT an official Star Wars licensed product and does not make direct mention to the franchise, but it does use some themes throughout with which fans of the franchise would be quite familiar. Life in the Spirit isn’t about cushioned pews and easy living—it’s about adventure, risk, daring, and the pursuit of wisdom. It’s about letting the awesome power of God work through you to do things you never thought possible.With section headings like “Master Moment” and “Ways of Wisdom,”, kids will learn the highest, truest, and most rewarding way to a life of wisdom, apprenticing with the Ultimate Master himself—Jesus Christ. 


This devotional's cover is sure to attract the eye of any Star Wars fan, and the way it is set up will help to engage pre-tweens in the dialogue of studying a bit of scripture, and applying it to their lives.It is not meant to be a through devotional, but a means to start younger kids on their way of devoting time EACH day to reading a portion of the bible and applying it to their lives. The book is very small, making it perfect for taking while traveling over the holidays, or for sliding into a stocking, say with movie tickets to see the new Star Wars movie together. This is a fun devotional, and I can see giving it to young boys, especially as a great holiday gift, that keeps on giving!

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Andi Unstoppable by Amanda Flower


Andi Boggs and her best friend Colin Carter are at it again … in this third book of the Andi Boggs series, Andi Unstoppable, school has begun for the two Killdeer middle schoolers and the science teacher has a great idea! He is an expert birder and wants his class to share in the fun. In a birding group with Colin and her biggest school rival, Ava, Andi sets out to be the first student in class to spot the elusive Kirtland warbler but ends up spotting the town’s resident ghost instead!
Together with her friends, Andi takes on another small town mystery—is the legend of the ghost of Dominika Shalley more than just a story? And does her sudden appearance have anything to do with the holes the friends find in the Shalley graveyard as they look for the rare bird?


We had not read any of the books in this series (Andi Unstoppable and Andi Under Pressure), but Miss Grace was able to jump right in and enjoy this book with ease, as Amanda gives you enough info to know what has happened before to Andi and Colin. For parents who grew up with Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys, this series is a breath of fresh air, with books that introduce characters who think before they act, and start your kids out for a love of mysteries. Miss Grace really liked the the fact that Andi and Colin were best friends, even though they are girl/boy,and that they work really well together, as a team. Its a simple mystery with some twists, and it had her glued to the story and begging for the other 2 books when she finished! Miss Grace highly recommends giving the entire set of Andi books as a fun Christmas gift for yoru favorite tween!

About the Author: 

Amanda Flower is an Agatha Award-nominated mystery author (Maid of Murder), who first caught the writing bug in elementary school. She is also the author of the Andi Boggs series, Appleseed Creek and the India Hayes series. When she’s not writing, she works as a librarian at Ursuline College near her hometown of Tallmadge, Ohio. Visit her online at and

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