Island Girlby Sandra Byrd
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… See more details below
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.
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."
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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.
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.
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.