True Friends — "Carmen Browne" Series
This first drama book in the " Carmen Browne" series by Stephanie Perry Moore is published by Moody Publishers and is written for kids ages 8 to 12. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.
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Ten-year-old Carmen Browne isn't happy about her dad's decision to take a new job out of town. Though she experienced some racial prejudice at her prior school for being black, some kids at her new school accuse her of acting "too white." Carmen tries to set a godly example for the class bully, Layah, but then Carmen turns against her best friend, Riana, in an effort to gain peer approval. Carmen also struggles when her family reveals that her older brother was adopted, and then she's forced to come to some personal conclusions about affirmative action as she does a school project. In the end, her faith in God helps her to find clarity and wisdom concerning her relationships, choices and behavior.
Carmen comes from a strong Christian family. She prays often concerning the daily struggles she faces. Her friend Riana is also a Christian; both girls attend Zion Hill Baptist Church. Although Carmen doesn't initially make the best choices, she's strongly guided by her faith in God and eventually returns to the path she knows is right. Carmen's and Riana's efforts to be Christlike to Layah result in the bully opening up about her past and starting to show kindness to others.
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Readability Age Range
8 to 12
Stephanie Perry Moore