Friday, June 8, 2018

New Release Review—Daring Dreamers Club: Milla Takes Charge by Erin Soderberg

Publisher: Random House Disney
Published: June 5, 2018
Genre: Middle Grade
Source: Print ARC
Rating: 4.5 Stars

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.

Daring Dreams Club—Milla Takes Charge is a book I desperately wished I had when I was this age. It’s no secret that this particular story is a bit out of my age range, but it still doesn’t stop me from loving it to pieces. It has a great message for young girls everywhere—Dream Big. 

“This year, my only requirement in this group is that each of you dare to dream big!”

This is the first book of a series in which five young girls, who’re in fifth grade, navigate ways to not only dream big, but to have fun along the way. To prepare themselves for graduating elementary (and everything beyond) at the end of the year, they’re put in an advisory group with other students to help them. That’s where we meet, other than Milla, Piper, Marianna, Zahra, and Ruby. Five girls who become best friends. 

Milla is just like Belle. She wants adventures by the only way she gets them, is through the books she reads and the stories she writes. She wants more. The fifth grade will be going on a trip called Adventure Camp but Milla isn’t sure that her moms will even let her go. 

One thing that’s truly amazing about these books is that it’s part of the campaign “Dream Big Princess”. It’s a wonderful thing because sometimes Disney Princesses get a bad rep simply for the fact that they are a Disney
princess. Some may think that the only thing they care about is getting “the boy”. I don’t see it that way. I see

 beautiful young women going after what they want. Belle is my favorite because not only is she smart, but she isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes in. She also loves people for who they are on the inside, not for how they look. 

Milla was so fun to get to know. I loved her heart, the passion she had for wanting to explore, and it helps that her trusty sidekick, Chocolate Chip, was a cute pig. I look forward to the rest of the girl’s stories and watching them grow. This comes at a high recommend for all girls and women everywhere. 

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

About the Author:
ERIN SODERBERG has written many books for kids, tweens, and young adults, including THE QUIRKS and PUPPY PIRATES series.

Before turning to writing full time, Erin worked as a children’s book editor and marketer, spent a few months as a cookie inventor, and also worked for Nickelodeon. She lives, writes, and eats out in Minneapolis with her husband, three hilarious kids, and a mischievous goldendoodle named Wally.

Erin Soderberg also writes as Erin Downing. More information about her books can be found at:


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