*This post, while I tried not to put spoilers, does give away a lot of the story*
This book came in the mail today. I was so excited, I took the book and read it right away. It was just as good as the first two, maybe better. I love that these books explore things that are unusual in books for girls that age, such as science and space, but also have morals that many people can relate to, such as friendship, working together, and thinking before you act.
I didn’t realize there was going to be a third Luciana book, let alone that it was out yet. I hadn’t heard anything about it, but when my mom asked if I wanted any books from Scholastic it was listed on the page, so we bought it.
It’s not available on the American Girl website yet, but you can get it from Scholastic, Amazon, and probably a few other places.
I’ll review the other two books eventually, I LOVED them both, but I wanted to share with you this amazing book.
The book starts with Luciana going to visit her family in Chile for winter break. She is so excited to visit her four cousins the same age as her, but when she gets there they don’t seem excited for her to be there. They are all good friends, and Luciana thinks that they don’t need or want her as part of “Los Cuatro” the four.
Claire, a girl from the training camp Luciana went to last summer, not a girl that Luci is really friends with, is also in Chile. Her scientist dad is doing studies in the dessert, and had to drag Claire along because there was no one to take care of her. So Claire invites Luciana to come with her to the dessert.
It would be a great opportunity for Luci, she would get to meet real space scientists, sleep in a Mars habitat, and maybe even do some tests of her own!
But Luciana doesn’t really trust Claire, after some events that happened last summer. Some really scary, life threatening events. Luci still has nightmares about these things, is scared of things because of what happened. Besides, she believes her mission is here with her cousins, to just be with her family. Luci turns down the invitation without even asking.
But when things between her and her cousins get worse, and she doesn’t feel connected at all, she feels bad that she turned the opportunity down. It would be an amazing experience, and maybe she would have more fun with Claire then with her cousins.
So she talks to her parents, and they are skeptical of Claire, after what she did last summer. They are also worried about the aftershocks of an earthquake, An earthquake in that makes her grandparents’ house unstable, unsafe to live in. But Luci convinces her parents that Claire has changed, and that no aftershock will come. And her parents let her go.
Claire is nice to Luciana the whole way to the dessert, and Luci believes that Claire really has changed. But when Claire’s dad has to go to a meeting instead of taking the girls to see the geysers Claire turns into the same girl Luci knew before.
Luciana talks Claire into going with the other scientists to take samples of the dirt, but Claire won’t talk to her the whole way there or back, a total of four hours. And when Luci accidentally ruins all the samples and the scientists have to go back Luci is left alone with Claire.
They are in bed when disaster comes. Claire helps Luciana, but then runs off into the dessert when Luci needs her most. Luci begs Claire not to leave, afraid she has abandoned her again, but Claire comes back and saves the day.
They forgive each other, and Luci learns to listen more. Things between Claire and her dad also work out.
When Luciana gets back to her family, she works things out with her cousins as well, listening instead of doing all the talking, and they accept her into “Los Cuatro” making it “Los Cinco”.
Things don’t work out in favor of her Grandparents’ house, but they decide to hold onto the memories.
Overall, I loved the book. I liked how it carried on the science/space theme, while also having a theme of listening and forgiving.
I rate this book 5/5 stars. Even though the grade level is a few years younger then mine, I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
I recommend this book. It would be great for 9-13 but also for any age reader.