Magnolia

Summary:

Magnolia Holden has her summer in Manzanita Falls planned: she'll go to Costa Rica with her mom for an archeological dig, work as a junior park ranger, and celebrate her 17th birthday by getting her pilot's license. When things don't go exactly as planned, Magnolia learns what it means to "persevere with dignity."


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The story is very well written, the characters are believable, and the story has depth, with a positive but not predictable outcome.

Content Awareness Factors:

None, really. For someone who's never seen the inside of a cockpit, it might be helpful to have a fun chart with the instrument panel.


Parent Reaction

This may be targeted for teens, but parents will enjoy its wholesome story, too. The author gracefully weaves her plot around the (factual) process of learning to fly and information about bears.

Type of Book:
This is the first in a young-adult series about life, priorities, responsibility and pursuing one's dreams.
Educational Themes:

Because you fly with Magnolia as she trains, you get a very real sense of life as a pilot. Beyond that, there are vignettes about life, choices and the dilemmas of being a teen, that kids can relate to.

Reading Level:
6.4
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
12 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
10 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Definitely Borrow, though at $10 it's a great investment. The story offers something for the whole family.

Title Magnolia
Author Sabrina Hofkin
Publisher Manzanita Falls Publishers © 2005
Illustrators Angela Hanson
ISBN 0976391600
Material Paperback
Cost $9.95
Genres Adventure, Nature, Transportation
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