Review: Amanda Commander: The Purple Invitation

Amanda is the unofficial leader of the Dolphin Squad. With her two best friends Lucia and Mai, the Dolphin Squad likes to hang in squad headquarters, where they paint, plan and support each other as only best friends can.

But sometimes supporting friends is more challenging than you expect it to be. 

In book one of this great new junior fiction series, The Purple Invitation, Amanda finds out she’s the only girl in her year that wasn’t invited to Eve’s birthday party.
Mai’s invited, Lucia’s invited, and Amanda has no idea why she isn’t.
The squad are baffled, so they hatch a plan to try and convince Eve that Amanda should get an invitation. 
They try everything they can think of, and Amanda does everything she can to be a good friend to Eve and prove she deserves to come to the party. But the end of the week is getting closer, and Eve hasn’t even mentioned her birthday party to Amanda. What is Amanda going to do?

This is a great new series for junior readers, grounded in the real and relatable world of a group of best friends. The books are fun and breezy to read, exploring the things kids experience the most: friendship challenges, school dramas and activities kids love. They provide comfort and insight into real kid problems, but the tone is light and fun, and author Coral Vass has added some very special elements to make the book super fresh and current (like text messages and special notes).

There’s also a fabulous amount of illustrations throughout these books by illustrator Heidi Cooper Smith. They are detailed and gorgeous, and they draw the reader into Amanda’s world.

If your kids love contemporary junior fiction filled with relatable characters, the Amanda Commander series is the perfect next read for them.

Title: Amanda Commander: The Purple Invitation
Author: Coral Vass
Illustrator: Heidi Cooper Smith
Publisher: Wombat Books, $12.99
Publication Date: 22 March 2022
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781761110771
For ages: 6 – 9
Type: Junior Fiction

July 24, 2022 at 12:43AM Shaye Wardrop