A stirring, standalone tale from the author of The G.G. Series chapter books.
Twins Tempest & Serena couldn't be more different. Wild, brave Tempest wants summer to last forever, while calm, timid Serena can't wait for the quiet joys of the new school year. When Tempest decides to skip fourth grade and seek exotic adventures, Serena promises to save her sister's seat on the bus. Will Tempest make it home? Can Serena keep her promise? As each sister battles bullies, disasters, and loneliness, they discover they're more alike than they know. THE ADVENTURES OF TEMPEST & SERENA is that rare mix: a suspenseful yet charming chapter book for ages 6 and up.
It was well-written, with solid characters, fun episodes, and lessons to be learned, but--I almost had to read this as an adult; there were too many interesting adult-level things going on. I'd definitely give it a try on your chapter-book reader who's bored with Ramona and that ilk but isn't ready for the intensity of a middle-grade yet. It's a gentle book, the equivalent of a Mr. Rogers episode, all sweetness and light on top but a bunch of powerful, subtle things going on underneath.
The two characters, Tempest and Serena, are twin sisters. One, Tempest, is tempestuous; the other, Serena, is shy. On the first day of school, Tempest rebels - she's not going back. Having obtained a magic flashlight, she makes a wish to have a forever summer, sprouts wings, and flies off, leaving behind her sister Serena to cope with all the responsibilities, here represented by having to defend Tempest's empty bus seat, lunch seat, etc., from a school bully.
Tempest and Serena are twins. One searches for adventure while the other is content to go to school. After receiving magic batteries for her flashlight, Tempest takes off for a warmer climate far away from the drudgery of school. Serena stays behind and promises to save Tempest her seat on the school bus that she rides every day. Tempest sends messages to her sister as she travels to the far corners of the world, using her magic batteries while Serena fends off a bossy schoolmate determined to take Tempest's seat on the school bus.
The story has great twists and turns as the sisters discover themselves and is a delightful read for children and parents helping young readers explore new worlds.
My grand girls loved this fast moving adventure of fourth grade twin sisters, Tempest and Serena. On the first day of school Tempest rebels and wishes for summer to last forever. With the help of a magic flashlight, she sprouts wings and flies off leaving Serena to defend her empty seat on the bus and in the lunchroom.
This delightful chapter book illustrates the bond between sisters, bullying, loneliness, and the thrill of around the world fantasies. From Hawaii to Hong Kong, it's nonstop fun and adventure. I enjoyed the book just as much as the girls did - can't wait for Volume 2.
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