Monday, June 18, 2018

Review: Milla Takes Charge by Erin Soderberg

Title: Milla Takes Charge
Series: Daring Dreamers Club #1
Author: Erin Soderberg
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
Publisher: Random House Disney
Format: ARC
Age Group: Middle Grade
Genre: Contemporary

Milla loves nothing more than imagining grand adventures in the great wide somewhere, just like Belle. She dreams of traveling the world and writing about her incredible discoveries. Unfortunately, there is nothing pretend about the fifth-grade overnight and Milla's fear that her moms won't let her go. Enter Piper, Mariana, Zahra, and Ruby. Together with Milla, they form the Daring Dreamers Club and become best friends. But can they help Milla believe she's ready for this real grand adventure? Diverse, talented, and smart--these five girls found each other because they all had one thing in common: big dreams. Touching on everyday dramas and the ups and downs of friendship, this series will enchant all readers who are princesses at heart.

I am partially glad that I love to take time and appreciate the covers of books. I think covers are what draw us to those books we may not even think of picking up. I have to say that this is what drew me to the book and gave me that hope that I would like the story within. 

Following the story of five girls, Milla, Piper, Mariana, Zahra and Ruby, we enter fifth grade where new friendships are formed, a teacher dares them to dream and a pig get loose inside the school. The story follows particularly Milla as she sets herself own a mission proving to her moms that she is perfectly independent in attending the over-night school trip. 

Milla is this fantastic girl that is smart, brave, likes to overthink us and so relatable. From the beginning of the  story she makes it her goal to get her permission slip signed but things just don't seem to be going her way. There are so many young people that go through what Milla goes through and I know I even felt I was in the story cheering her on. However, I knew her new friends were going  to be there in helping her succeed. 

I found it interesting in how the book tied around the same thought as Disney Princesses and was happy with the princesses chosen. I liked how the characters gave an explanation as to why they selected the princesses that they did and how they made what they did similar to what the princesses did. 

Erin Soderberg writes this book for young girls to dare, to dream, and to conquer. I think this is a perfect book that shows cultures and families from across diverse ethnicities that will hopefully resonate with young people in showing that friendship is powerful and that together anything is possible. 

I give this book 4 souls!

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