Riley Mae Book Series for Girls

My daughter is becoming a book worm. I’m not in the least surprised that she is following my footsteps and learning to love books, but I am excited to watch her grow into this avid reader. She has recently finished book #2 in The Good News Shoes series which features a 7th grade girl named Riley Mae. In the words of my daughter: The Riley Mae books have everything a girl needs: adventure, mystery, and enough about God to help me learn.

I received this book for the purpose of the review. All opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was received.


Riley Mae and the Ready Eddy Rapids

I asked my 9 year old to tell me about the books and she gave me a full detailed oral book report with about 1000 words a minute. In the end, though she wanted to make sure I don’t give away the story.

This book is more about Riley Mae, but this time she’s leaving Fresno and headed out to a different state that she doesn’t know yet. While she’s there, she’s meets us a boy name Sunday who has leukemia. They end up going on a white water rapid adventure where she falls out of the raft, goes down a raft and almost goes down farther. They’re looking for Rusty’s mother but there’s alot of questions.

From the Back Cover

If you’re gonna run for your life, you gotta wear the right shoes. Life is rapidly changing for pre-teen shoe spokesperson Riley Mae. After the last photo shoot and trek up the Half-Dome in Yosemite, Riley Mae and her Swiftriver friends find themselves in Northwest Montana, the perfect backdrop for a river sandal campaign. The first problem is a plane malfunction. Then the rigorous raft training for the “Ready Eddy” river sandal campaign brings more bumps and bruises. And given that she is in Montana for a shoe campaign instead of back home with her friends, Riley thinks life can’t get much worse. But then she meets Sunday, a 10 year-old boy from Kenya, who wrestles fish, battles bears, and tackles leukemia. And Riley soon learns that life is as unpredictable as the raging waters, which, if she is not careful, will sweep her away and into the hands of the enemy—who is even closer than she thinks.

Read Natalie’s review of Book #1, The Rock Shocker Treck

These books are perfect for the 3rd-6th-grade reader – especially the girls who love adventure. There is plenty of suspense but everyone always ends up ok – and that is important to my 9-year-old daughter. She did, however, have one major problem with book #2. It ends with a simple prayer and a hook! Natalie is super excited to hear that there is going to be a third book in the series (releasing September, 2014).

About the Author

Jill Osborne works in children’s ministry and has a passion for telling great stories. She has written plays, skits for youth groups and Sunday morning drama teams, the curriculum for children’s ministry, countless articles for her church newsletter, and a blog about taking a sabbatical in a motor home. Good News Shoes is her first series for kids, and she plans to run with it!

You can request the Riley Mae series at your local library or order it on Amazon.

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