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Growing Up by Wanda E. Brunstetter

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Cover art: Growing Up
Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Growing Up - 8th in the Rachel Yoder-Always Trouble Somewhere series
Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter
Publisher: Barbour
ISBN-13: 978-1-60260-336-3
Release Date: June 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Youth Inspirational Fiction
Publisherís Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 8-12
OUARís Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 8-12
Year/Setting: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Overall Rating: 3.75
Wanda's Website: www.rachelyoderbooks.com


Rachel Yoder is back for one final adventure in her series. This time around, Rachel is finding school and life to be a little dull. She escapes by daydreaming. Her daydreaming is beginning to become costly for her. She lets cows escape, has dirty sheets, ends up with rotten eggs and more. Will she ever learn to set aside her daydreams to take responsibility for her actions? Will she learn the value of taking responsibilities? Will she ever mature into a dependable adult?

Sheís really grown up throughout the eight books and so itís bittersweet to see this series come to a close. Rachel is trying so hard to grow into adolescence gracefully, but itís not easy. I have a real affinity with her issues in this book. I know how hard it can be to keep your mind focused on a task when you would rather be anywhere but there. I was a daydreamer as a child (and adult) so I really understand her plight. I never was so bad as to let cows loose, but I understand how it happens.

By the end of the book, weíve seen the transformation of Rachel become complete. It started back in the first book and has gradually continued until this final book. I will miss Rachel and her antics, yet it is time to let her go. I canít wait to see whom Wanda Brunstetter has in store for us next. This is another fantastic addition to younger adult bookshelves everywhere.

Robyn

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