FaithGirlz from Zonderkidz introduced two titles in a new series for preteens in January, and readers are going to have a hard time waiting for the third title, due in June.
“The Good News Shoes” series by debut author Jill Osborne features 12-year-old Riley Mae. The cover of the first book, Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek, offers up plenty of pink–which Riley loves–but Riley also loves softball, her family and friends, and strong doses of action and adventure.
She loves God too, and is learning what it means to walk as his child wearing the “good news shoes” from Ephesians 6:15: “For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared” (NLT).
In Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek, Riley becomes the spokesgirl for the Swiftriver Shoe Company’s new outdoor sport collection. Soon she’s appearing in magazine ads and commercials–and she should be happy, right? But her life’s a lot more complicated now! And something’s not quite right at Swiftriver, which becomes even more evident when Riley laces up her Rock Shocker hiking boots and heads up Half Dome in Yosemite.
In Riley Mae and the Ready Eddy Rapids, Riley and her family and the Swiftriver team are hiding out for a while, and Riley’s in training for a whitewater photo shoot to spotlight the new Ready Eddy river sandals. With Sunday, a new friend from Kenya who had leukemia, and Rusty, a new friend from home, Riley Mae begins to discover the unpredictability of life and the certainty of faith.
And in book three … well, I have a feeling there’s lots more adventure and learning coming Riley Mae’s way soon!