Review of Milla Takes Charge

June 12, 2018 Book Reviews 3

Review of Milla Takes Charge

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Milla Takes Charge by Erin Soderberg
Genres: Middle Grade
Published by Random House Disney on June 5, 2018
Pages: 224
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

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When you follow your dreams, the possibilities are endless!
Milla loves nothing more than imagining grand adventures in the great wide somewhere, just like Belle. She dreams of traveling the world and writing about her incredible discoveries. Unfortunately, there is nothing pretend about the fifth-grade overnight and Milla's fear that her moms won't let her go.
Enter Piper, Mariana, Zahra, and Ruby. Together with Milla, they form the Daring Dreamers Club and become best friends. But can they help Milla believe she's ready for this real grand adventure?
Diverse, talented, and smart--these five girls found each other because they all had one thing in common: big dreams. Touching on everyday dramas and the ups and downs of friendship, this series will enchant all readers who are princesses at heart.

First Line

“Once upon at time, in a land far, far away, there lived a handsome prince….” Milla Bannister-Cook plunked down on the ground and watched as her pet pig, Chocolate Chip, trotted through the backyard.

Here is what I thought

Milla Takes Charge was a cute book about friendship and daring to dream big.

Milla is in the 5th grade and at the beginning of the year they are assigned advisors who will help guide them as the year progresses. Milla hopes that her and her friend Piper are in the same group. It seems that her and her friend and three other girls are in Mrs. Bancroft’s group and when they go to the room for their first meeting they find a very uniquely decked out classroom. It’s full of Disney Princesses and quotes from them. They have to keep a journal and Mrs Bancroft told them she would give them prompts to help with their writing and their first one was to pick a princess they most likely resemble and she wants them to dream big.

So the girls decide to call themselves the Daring Dreamers Club and they all can’t wait to go to Adventure Camp which is an overnight trip that all the 5th graders go on. Milla is afraid that her moms won’t let her go because they will worry about her as she has had a few things happen to her, like her food allergies and a dog bite. She wants to prove to her moms that she is responsible but in her eyes when she tries to show them things don’t go as planned and she thinks they won’t think she is responsible.

Milla makes some good friend with her new club and learns a lot about herself in the process. I enjoyed all the character and I really thought that Mrs. Bancroft was pretty cool and they dubbed her their fairy godmother. Milla, was a bookworm who longed for adventure so I am sure you can guess that she represents Belle. I couldn’t help but hum the song from Beauty and the Beast as it kept bringing up the great wide somewhere! 🙂

My only real problem with it was that I got confused with the two moms, Milla called one mom and the other mum, so was one American and one English? It doesn’t really address this and young readers might not know the differences between mom and mum. I also wasn’t sure if that was just the authors way of trying to seperate the two moms. Just thought it could maybe confuses the kids reading it, or maybe it’s just me. 🙂

Overall, it was a cute story and I would recommend it to young readers. I give it a 3.75 rating.

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