Faithgirlz! Big Book of Quizzes

Big Book of Quizzes: Fun, Quirky Questions for You and Your Friends (Faithgirlz!) Zonderkidz, 2014. 127 pages.

Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 10-12faithgirlz quizzes
Recommended for: ages: 12-15

Bottom Line: Faithgirlz! Big Book of Quizzes can be useful for helping preteen girls figure out who they are but comes with some cultural baggage.

Around the ages of 11-14, girls start getting a little introspective—if not self-obsessed. It’s this characteristic of the tweener species that Faithgirlz! (a Zondervan franchise) seeks to address with this book of self-evaluation quizzes. It’s a good idea, an attempt to provide some friendly, casual, and (sometimes) Scripture-based perspective to preteen drama queens, study buddies and late-bloomers alike. The quizzes consist mostly of Would You Rather… or What Would You Do If… questions, and are grouped around four major divisions: personality, school, best friends and boyfriends, and faith and family.

A couple of drawbacks: first, a relentlessly slangy style that wears out quickly, as in, Sitting in the caf, you overhear someone asking your BFF about her big b-day plans when it hits you—you totally spaced it! Like, do tween sistahs totally talk this way, girlfriend? Seems to try a little too hard. Also, the authors assume that their readers are plugged into contemporary youth culture: dissing on classmates, brand shopping, catching Pretty Little Liars on TV, deciding they’re “ready to date” at age 14. There’s not a lot of guidance on the dating scene, although readers are advised to talk it over with the ‘rents before making a move. That’s nice—unless you’re the ‘rent, and your 8th-grader bounds into the kitchen waving this book and crowing triumphantly, “Look! I passed the quiz, and I’m ‘Definitely a Dater’! So when can I go out with Justin?” Moms and dads be advised. Otherwise, it’s a cute, friendly way for a girl to discover a little more about herself.

Cautions: Worldview (definitely Christian, but perhaps mingling a little too much with the world)

Overall Rating: 3.5 (out of 5)

  • Worldview Rating: 4
  • Artistic Rating: 3

Categories: Nonfiction, Christian, Middle Grades, Young Adult, Interactive, Discussion Starter, Life Issues, Character Values
Cover image from Amazon.
A free copy was received from Zondervan for a fair review.

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Janie is the VERY senior staff writer for Redeemed Reader, as well as a long-time contributor to WORLD Magazine and an author of nine books for children. The rest of the time she's long-distance smooching on her four grandchildren (not an easy task). She lives with her equally senior husband of almost-fifty years in the Ozarks of Missouri.

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