Books 1-5 of the exciting Janie Ray series!
Have you ever dreamed about traveling through time?
Eleven-year-old Janie Ray just got a new diary from her mom. At first she writes all about the private jokes she shares with her best friend, Sheila, and the grief she gets from her little brother, RJ, who always gets into her stuff and never gets in trouble.
But then, one morning, she realizes that the mysterious inscription on the old medallion she found when she was seven is written in her secret language!
Join Janie as she explores the hidden mysteries of the medallion while figuring out how to deal with Marcia the Snob, RJ, and even her mother - who always looks nice and doesn't understand how hard things can be when you're 11.
I like the whole idea of the bearers and medallion storyline. I think my two granddaughters would love this series and would wish they could travel through time! I can imagine me thinking that at 9-10-11 years old. Now it's time to start reading the next one in the series.
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Diary of Janie Ray is a series of chapters about Janie and a few BFFs who are able to travel back in time and see what it's like to be in their parent's and other adult figures in their lives. It's hard to write a book that resonates with teens--they are pretty sophisticated these days, and a book is hard to compete with Instagram. However, Ms. Segal does a good job of keeping the story interesting with the fun time travel twist. The narrator is okay--a little squeaky. Overall, it's a fun series that my 12 year old daughter enjoyed as much as I did.
Fun listen! Janie's diary was so typical that anyone who has ever been a young female can feel it! The time travel adds a fun dimension and there are even some history lessons thrown in. I found this to be an imaginative fun series that I would happily gift to any tween-age girl! I did receive a complimentary copy of this set in exchange for an honest review but I immediately had to rush to purchase Books 6 & 7 because I just had to know what happened next (or with time travel maybe I should say "what happened before...")
This was really fun set of books for middle-graders. I listened to the Audible audio version with my almost-7-year-old and almost-8-year-old, and even though they're not quite at the middle grade level yet, even they enjoyed the books. I enjoyed them, too, and it brought back to memory what it was like being a 12-year-old girl - all the drama and excitement, etc. I liked all 5 books in the series, but I think the last one, "Baking With Frenemies" was my least favorite, but it was still good. The premise just seemed a little mean-spirited. If you want a series that your middle-grader can enjoy (especially girls), I recommend giving this series a try.
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The book is so exciting you feel like you can't even hear the next part because it's so so exciting. You get goose pimples because it's so exciting what's going to happen next. The person narrating the story can make different voices of different people in a good way. Lila has a really good imagination and a really good way of telling a story. All 8 and even 7 year olds and up should read it! (Written by 8-year old boy)