Island Girl

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Every summer thirteen-year-old Meg returns to the berry fields of her grandparents' farm on Sauvie's Island, Oregon. But this year, everything is different. With her mother remarried and a new baby on the way, Meg isn't quite sure where she fits in the family anymore. And now the comfortable familiarity of the farm has changed, too. There is a new girl, Tia...and she obviously holds a special place in Meg's grandparents' hearts. During this season of growth, Meg faces the challenge of figuring out what life, ...

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Overview

Every summer thirteen-year-old Meg returns to the berry fields of her grandparents' farm on Sauvie's Island, Oregon. But this year, everything is different. With her mother remarried and a new baby on the way, Meg isn't quite sure where she fits in the family anymore. And now the comfortable familiarity of the farm has changed, too. There is a new girl, Tia...and she obviously holds a special place in Meg's grandparents' hearts. During this season of growth, Meg faces the challenge of figuring out what life, family, and friendship are all about. In order to thrive she must learn the importance of her unique characteristics and God's plan for her life. Book 1 of Friends for a Season.

During her annual summer visit to the berry fields of her grandparents' farm on Sauvie's Island, Oregon, thirteen-year-old Meg deepens her understanding of her unique characteristics and God's plan for her life.

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Editorial Reviews

Romance Junkies
"Sandra Byrd is known for her wonderful books for young girls, and this new series is one readers will be enthusiastic about also. ISLAND GIRL, the first of the FRIENDS FOR A SEASON series, is a fantastic novel for young teen girls beginning their growing-up years and experiencing the excitement and challenges that each will face as they leave childhood behind. ISLAND GIRL is a story of friends, family, and faith, and the role each one plays in a teen girl's life. This book, and each successive one, deals with issues a teenage girl might face, such as divorce, competitiveness, illness of a parent, and others, and how each can be dealt with and survived with the help of faith in God, a loving family, and good friends. ISLAND GIRL is a warm, wholesome story that is something I highly recommend for all teenage girls, and their mothers also. I plan on picking up all the books in this series for myself and my soon-to-be teen daughter."
Bookloons
"This is the first book in a great new series, Friends for a Season, in which girls from different backgrounds find common ground. Meg truly has a dilemma about where to live. Her decision is one that more and more teens need to make these days, so it's easy to relate to the difficulty she has in choosing. Tia is a fascinating character who brings an interesting dimension to the story. Readers will learn about things like a quinceanera from Tina, and about running from Meg.

A spiritual element comes into the story, because Meg is also trying to discover where she fits in with God. She studies Bible verses, dealing with being a vine and with the fruits of the spirit. Many of her experiences relate her faith journey to the farm and growing fruit. The book is not preachy, but presents a teen's point-of-view in learning about God. Island Girl is a shining beginning to this new series, and I look forward to reading more of these touching stories."

Christian Library Journal
"Island Girl is the first book in a new series of novels for teenage girls by Sandra Byrd. FRIENDS FOR A SEASON is a series that deals with life issues that young teens of today will face, such as divorce, cancer, budding romantic feelings, and competition between their peers. Island Girl is a story of family, faith, and friendship, and how each one plays a part in a young girl's life. Meg does her best to figure out her place in her family and in the Kingdom of God, and tries to be the best person she can be. The fruit references parallelling the storyline and the message Meg grasps from the Bible is quite noticeable and well-done. I highly recommend this gentle, wholesome novel to young teen girls and their parents."
CBA Marketplace
"Young teen girls will find this gentle story engrossing and reassuring as they discover aspects of themselves in young Meg."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764200205
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Series: Friends for a Season
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Byrd developed a loyal following while writing her fiction series Secret Sisters and The Hidden Diary. She also writes for Christian Parenting Today and many other publications. Sandra and her family live in Washington.

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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    A sweet story girls will love.

    Island Girl by Sandra Byrd is a sweet story about a girl¿s search for herself. Meg spends every summer on her grandparents berry farm. This year many things have changed. Her mother is remarried with a new baby on the way and a new family lives on the farm. Tia¿s father has been hired to run the farm since Grandpa is getting too old and Meg¿s dad isn¿t around to help. Meg worried that Tia has replaced her.<BR/><BR/>Meg finds a plaque that belonged to her father as a boy and memorizes the verse inscribed on it: Galatians 5: 22-23a. For the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Meg vows to make choices in her life that bears good fruit. She befriends Tia and the two start a summer business together selling berries and smoothies. Many problems come their way, but Meg continually reminds herself of the fruit of the spirit, determined to make choices that bear sweet, plentiful fruit.<BR/><BR/>I enjoyed this story of a girl trying to enjoy her summer vacation, working hard at a summer job, but fearing the future. A big choice lay ahead as to where Meg will live? Will she go back to her mom and the new baby? Or will she stay with her dad and help on the berry farm? Besides this tough decision, Meg faces everyday decisions about whether or not to take a comment too hard, whether or not to be jealous of Tia, whether or not to work with Tia or run on the cross country team with cute Charlie Richards. Meg faces each dilemma in a believable manner and doesn¿t always do the right thing. I loved her for it. Her honesty was a delight to read. I highly recommend this book to girls looking for a fun, sweet story.

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