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Review by Suze
Clumsy and shy Olivia doesn't have many friends, but fortunately she has Alex. They are inseparable and she feels like her world is falling apart when Alex tells her she's moving to France. What should Olivia do now that she's on her own? Her mother has a craft shop and sells beautiful colorful threads. Olivia and Alex will stay connected through friendship bracelets. However, Olivia isn't the only one who loves them. While Alex is away making friendship bracelets is a great way for Olivia to find new friends. She even starts a club, will Olivia be all right without Alex by her side?
The Friendship Bracelet is a fabulous story about friendship. Olivia is a sweet girl. She doesn't have many friends, but through friendship bracelets she finds other kids like her, kids she can be herself with. She's a sweet and creative girl and I liked that her mother owns a craft shop, which is the perfect feelgood setting. Olivia is insecure and finding confidence isn't easy, which is a great theme for a story. I loved how Arlene Stewart describes the uncertainties of being in middle school. She writes about bullying, family problems and other issues in a beautiful honest way.
I love friendship bracelets and have made a lot of them, so was immediately enthusiastic to find a story built around this fantastic theme. I loved Arlene Stewart's colorful and vibrant descriptions of the bracelets, the different techniques that can be used and the difficulty levels of the designs. It put a big smile on my face and I had a lot of fun reading The Friendship Bracelet because of it. It's a wonderful endearing story with several layers of depth and excellent writing. I really liked this charming special story about friendship and can't wait to read the next one.
The Friendship Bracelet is perfect for children between the age of 8 and 12. It's a cute read and it would be fun to read the book and make friendship bracelets at the same time. If you're a grownup and (used to) make your own friendship bracelets this will also be a nice trip down memory lane. Keep in mind that this is the first book in a series.
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