Hello Stars is written by Alena Pitts along with her mother, Wynter Pitts. It was published by ZonderKidz. I selected this book for review and was provided a complimentary copy from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review.
This Christian tween book follows twelve-year-old Lena Daniels through the adventure of making her first movie in Hollywood. She’s a hopeful and Christ-filled girl who writes letters/prayers to God each night. She must learn to juggle her home life and her life as a rising Hollywood star; she didn’t think movie-making was quite what it turned out to be. Filled with the spirit of a twelve-year-old, she quickly captures her reader’s heart.
The book jacket was concise about the message delivered. The writing was clear and uplifting. The black and white illustrations were consistent with the story and message. I loved seeing characters that look like my little girl and my family.
The message was strong and not distracted or worn: Trust God in all things and have faith that His best is for our best. I enjoyed that both father and mother were spiritual leaders in Lena’s life. When she doubted, she leaned into what her parents told her about trusting God. I especially liked that Lena drew from the Bible to identify with what she was going through. For example, she referenced Peter and his walk on water. She asked God to not let her sink.
“I thought about Peter a lot today. I guess when I asked God to give me this opportunity, it was kinda like asking Him to help me walk on water” (Pitts, 78)!
“God, please help me not to sink” (Pitts, 78).
I would recommend this book for any girl ages 5 – 13. I would encourage parents to read it to their younger children. I read it to my 7 month old. For wholesome Christian reading, this book is perfect.
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