Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Mom Made Us Write This In The Summer Review

Mom Made Us Write This In The Summer
By Ali Maier
Published October 3rd, 2013 by Erie Island Media, LLC
208 pages

5 stars - Great Read!!

*I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*


A sister and brother, forced to write in the summer, and share ONE journal? Ugh.

This is exactly what happens to 10-year-old twins Maggie and Max Pruitt. When Mom comes up with a plan for them to keep a summer journal, Maggie and Max can’t believe it. Worse yet, they have to share!

Through their writing, Maggie and Max find out they have very different (and hilarious) views about growing up, family and life - a conclusion they only discovered because, as Max and Maggie say, “Mom Made Us Write This.”

Mom Made Us Write This In The Summer is a journal-style book for children (ages 8 – 12) that captures the essence of sibling relationships. Anyone with a brother or sister will identify with the fun and struggles that Max and Maggie experience this summer! From a trip to the zoo to the annual check-up at the docs – read all about the life adventures of Maggie & Max.

Mom Made Us Write This In The Summer is available for sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


Mom Made Us Write This In The Summer is a book for children 8-12, but I'm definitely older than 12 and I still enjoyed it! This was such a fun book to read and was surprisingly relate - able. It is written in journal entries by twins Max and Maggie. They share the journal and write about their summer vacation and include little drawings and comments which makes it very realistic. 

I have two younger brothers myself and I remember the summer days full of fun and bickering pretty well. Those days still happen today! I thought that Max and Maggie sounded pretty realistic and their voices were great. I remember writing in a journal when I was younger and the Max and Maggie shared some similar complaints with me. :) 

Overall, this is definitely a good book for children and especially siblings. It helps siblings understand the thoughts going on in their heads. There are fun doodles and funny comments to keep the younger children interested as well. If you are a parent, then you might even be able to pick up the actual journal version of the book for your own kids. :) I recommend you pick this up soon if you haven't yet! You won't want to miss out!


About the Author:

Ali Maier was born in Johnstown, PA. In high school she spent a lot of time with children, working as a summer camp counselor for many years, volunteering to teach Sunday school at church, working in the local day-care center, and working as a kindergarten aide. 

She went to John Carroll University and earned a BA in Elementary Education. Throughout college, Ali worked at a local toy store then worked in product development at a company making art and craft kits for kids. 

Eventually Ali left her job to work full time with her husband, Mark, at their marketing company.  When her children were born, she worked from home. 

Ali lives in a Cleveland suburb with her husband and two children. She loves to read, write and spend time with her family. 

Ali chose to write the Mom Made Us Write This series to encourage young readers to do something she loves – to read! Ali wanted to write a book series that would allow readers to laugh and encourage them to write and share their own stories.

To learn more, go to http://mommadeuswritethis.com/

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