American Dreams (The English Roses Series #11)

American Dreams (The English Roses Series #11)

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by Madonna
     
 

It's holiday time and all the English Roses have exciting plans. Nicole and Amy are visting a creative arts camp. Charlotte's off to her family's villa in the south of France. And Grace has invited Binah to come to Atlanta and visit her cousins. Binah is so excited, and she can't wait to meet her friend's family. But her trip gets off to a bad start, with terrible

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It's holiday time and all the English Roses have exciting plans. Nicole and Amy are visting a creative arts camp. Charlotte's off to her family's villa in the south of France. And Grace has invited Binah to come to Atlanta and visit her cousins. Binah is so excited, and she can't wait to meet her friend's family. But her trip gets off to a bad start, with terrible travel sickness on the aeroplane and then homesickness once she's on the ground. Can Grace and her brothers save Binah's vacation?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Madonna is confident enough that she is a rock star of children's literature that this eleventh installment in her "English Roses" series begins with multiple claims that the only readers who would need any background about this group of five English girls who are "fast friends" would be someone "recently released from an asylum for the criminally insane." We also get at least three explanations that when the narrator makes reference to a "football," this is "what you Yanks call a soccer ball." In the story itself, Binah is the only one of the Roses who has no summer plans, so Grace invites Binah to come with her to Atlanta. Binah has her first plane ride ever (and throws up in the barf bag), spends time with Grace's large family in the American South (depicted as African-American—well, colored brown in the illustrations), is homesick for her father and the other Roses until she is comforted and cheered by her host family, and then returns home again. There is an average of one exclamation mark per page: "She wished she'd paid closer attention during science class!" "She missed [her father] already!" "Clearly this loud and chaotic event [baseball] was a popular pastime in the U.S.!" Binah's most common thought as she heads out on what is supposedly the biggest adventure of her life is: "Here goes nothing!"—which could serve as a neat summation of this bland and insipid tale. Oh, I mean, bland and insipid tale! Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142411285
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/15/2009
Series:
English Roses Series, #11
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 7.34(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Madonna Ritchie is recognized as one of the most successful and influential artists of modern times. She has written six picture books for children. She has three children, Lola, Rocco, and David. They divide their time between the United States and England.

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American Dreams 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Opal_Krause More than 1 year ago
I was hoping for more. Still love Madonna though.
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