If you haven’t already, I would recommend reading the other two Book Reviews I’ve written about Nanea’s books:
- Book Review #47: “Growing Up with Aloha: A Nanea Classic 1”
- Book Review #48: “Hula for the Home Front: A Nanea Classic 2”
The BeForever Journey Books are starting to grow on me. Choosing your own adventure is so much fun!
Our modern girl is in Hawaii, on the beach with her twin brothers and their babysitter, whom she calls Auntie Oli. Her father is “overseas” in Iraq. She’s struggling with him being gone, along with other things.
A traditional puka shell necklace, much like the one Nanea is given, transports her to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in 1942!
Along the way, our modern girl meets Nanea, Lily, the Honolulu Helpers, and climbs the Punchbowl volcano crater! She even gets to solve a mystery or two, like Nancy Drew and Sherlock Holmes!
I was impressed how the book focused on the war effort, and how women became more involved with the military.
The one major criticism was one of the paths / routes was so heavily embedded in the book, that I had a lot of trouble finding it. I wanted to read it, but it took me a long time to find it, and I got frustrated. I’m sure it was a simple oversight, but I didn’t like picking through the pages, trying to find the one route I hadn’t read yet.
I loved learning even more about Hawaii and the early war effort in this book.
4 out of 5 stars.
Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂