2/8/22

Pen Pal Gals: Friends Forever Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway


By on 2/08/2022 08:30:00 AM

I love finding children's books and middle grade books that bring smiles through friends and memory making--and also help children learn to cope with change. This morning, I have a cute series to introduce to readers--the Pen Pal Gals. I had the opportunity to review and share Friends Forever. Check out the book, learn about the series and author Julie Thiessen--and be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.


Book Title:  Pen Pal Gals: Friends Forever by Julie Thiessen
Category: Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  64 pages
Genre: Juvenile Fiction/Early Chapter Book
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Release date:  February 1, 2022
Tour dates: February 1 to February 21, 2022
Content Rating:  Rated G. Suitable for everyone
 

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About the Book


Meet Reese and Addie―two girls, one great friendship. It’s summer break! Reese is on her way to vacation at Camp Lake Shore with her family. When Reese meets a new friend, Addie, the two immediately connect and form a lasting friendship. Swimming, boating, laughing, and soaking up the sun are just a few highlights of their summer vacation. The girls become best friends. When their vacation comes to an end, Reese realizes she may never see Addie again. Determined to stay in touch forever, can Reese and Addie find a way to continue their friendship and share their adventures?

 

My Review


Pen Pal Gals: Friends Forever Takes a Fun Look at Making Friends--and Keeping Friends. When I was a child--having a friend move away was the worst thing that could happen! A few hours away was something similar to halfway across the world in the days before the internet. Letter writing was vital in keeping in contact and maintaining friendships--and it certainly gave something to anticipate and bring excitement and smiles. In Friends Forever, the author creates the perfect best friends in Reese and Addie. She gives them some fantastic summer vacation memories--then shows how the girls can stay friends through letter-writing even though they can't see each other in person once the lake vacation ends. 

 

Pen Pal Gals is the Perfect Way to Re-Introduce Families to Letter Writing. I still snail-mail letters and paper cards for holidays and special occasions. There is always something exciting about receiving a mysterious envelope in the mail! My girls still love receiving cards and correspondence from friends and family. Unfortunately, with the internet and email--those handwritten, paper messages are few and far between. This series offers a fun way for families to encourage letter writing again. There is even a Pen Pal Gals branded stationery set available for series fans to purchase. 

 

Would I Recommend Pen Pal Gals: Friends Forever by Julie Thiessen? Readers and families will enjoy Reese and Allie and their lake vacation friendship. The characters and their little adventures are quick and easy to read--but are the perfect way to explore letter writing as a meaningful way to maintain a long-distance relationship. Even if pen pal letters are used in addition to email and social media, this is a fun series for middle-grade readers. I look forward to sharing more books from this series.

 
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Meet the Author

Meet Reese and Addie―two girls, one great friendship. It’s summer break! Reese is on her way to vacation at Camp Lake Shore with her family. When Reese meets a new friend, Addie, the two immediately connect and form a lasting friendship. Swimming, b
Meet Reese and Addie―two girls, one great friendship. It’s summer break! Reese is on her way to vacation at Camp Lake Shore with her family. When Reese meets a new friend, Addie, the two immediately connect and form a lasting friendship. Swimming, b

​Julie Thiessen always had a passion for creativity, design, and adventure, but above all, she values her lifelong friendships. With her bachelor's degree in graphic design and the inspiration of her daughter Reese, she created and branded Pen Pal Gals for all to share the gift of an everlasting friendship. Thiessen lives along the beautiful Central Coast of California with her husband, two daughters, and son.

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Enter the Giveaway


PEN PAL GALS FRIENDS FOREVER by Julie Thiessen Book Tour Giveaway


 

About Angela

Angela is a freelance travel writer and lifestyle blogger, blessed with 3 beautiful daughters, 5 moody cats, 1 spoiled dog, and 1 very supportive husband.

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