Amanda in Spain: The Girl in the Painting – by Darlene Foster

29 Jun

Amanda in Spain: The Girl in the Painting

by Darlene Foster

104 pages – ages 8+

Published by ireadiwrite Publishing on May 4, 2011

Amanda is on another adventure (see my review of “Amanda in Arabia: The Perfume Flask” HERE)! This time Amanda is in Spain with her friend, Leah and Leah’s family. In the beginning of the story they are all visiting a museum. Amanda sees a painting of a girl and she thinks the girl looks so very real. Later, Amanda actually sees the girl from the painting! Everywhere Amanda goes she sees the girl and Amanda realizes that she needs help. Amanda and Leah now get involved in a big rescue mission to help save the girl and her little pony from a mean horse dealer.

I really liked the first Amanda book –  “Amanda in Arabia”, and this book was just as awesome! The plot is very good and Amanda is a character everyone will like. I like how I learned a lot about Spain in this book because of the places Amanda goes and the people she meets. I hope I get to go to Spain someday! The cover is pretty cool too. I like the photos.The story is a great adventure and I think boys and girls would like it. I think this is a great book and a clean read except for a couple “OMG’s”s in it. I recommend this book to kids 8+

I give “Amanda in Spain: The Girl in the Painting” five out of five book worms!

Check out the trailer (I love the music)!

For more information about the Amanda series and Ms. Foster’s other books, please visit Ms. Foster’s website HERE and her blog HERE.

Get ready for Amanda’s NEXT adventure when she goes to England! Ms. Foster just blogged about sending “Amanda in England – The Missing Novel” to her publisher and hopefully it will be published this August!

41 Responses to “Amanda in Spain: The Girl in the Painting – by Darlene Foster”

  1. Beth Stilborn June 29, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    Ms. Foster’s books sound so exciting — I’m delighted you featured this one today, because over on my blog there are blog awards for all 12 x 12ers, and it was Ms. Foster who gave them to me!

    I can hardly wait to read her books, especially Amanda in England.


  2. Angela Brown June 29, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    What a wonderful way to combine travel enlightenment and adventure! Thanks for the review. 🙂


  3. timothydavis229 June 29, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    Sounds like a great series, Erik! Thanks for the review!


    • Darlene June 29, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

      Thanks Timothy. I am proud to have had my books reviewed by Erik.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

      They aren’t great, they’re awesome! I added it to the GoodReads group. 😀


  4. twigstories June 29, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    What a great idea, Ms. Foster, and such a fun way to learn about different cultures and geography. Very well done! Thanks for a very helpful review, Erik.


    • Darlene June 29, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

      Thanks so much. I do hope my stories entice young people to want to see the world and experience other cultures.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 30, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

      I am glad you like it Ms. Marshall!


  5. Renee C. June 29, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    Hi Erik, Glad you liked this one. We are working our way through Amanda in Arabia. We’ll have to compare notes! 🙂


    • Darlene June 29, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

      I look forward to your review of Amanda in Arabia.


      • Renee C. July 2, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

        My daughter’s more than halfway, then I get my turn! Can’t wait! 🙂


      • thiskidreviewsbooks July 3, 2012 at 10:16 am #

        I hope you like it!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 30, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

      I hope you like the book! 🙂 I recommend Amanda in Spain too!


      • Renee C. July 2, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

        Awesome Erik! We’ll have to read that one too. Have a great week! Cheers. 😀


      • thiskidreviewsbooks July 3, 2012 at 10:28 am #

        Thank you! I hope you like that one too! You have a great week too! 😀


  6. Catherine Johnson June 29, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    I’ve got enough great reads lined up just from here to keep me reading until Christmas, Erik. Love the sound of this one!


    • Darlene June 29, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

      I know Catherine, so many books, so little time. Hope you find some tiem to read about Amanda and her adventures.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 30, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

      HA HA! I hope you enjoy this book Ms. Johnson! 😉


  7. Jarm Del Boccio June 29, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    I’m going to read this one for my reading challenge…I love history/travel books! Thanks Erik…


  8. Darlene June 29, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

    Thanks for the great review Erik. So glad you enjoyed Amanda’s adventure in Spain. When Amanda says OMG she means Oh My Gosh. She likes to speak in acronyms because she thinks it’s cool. You are an excellent reviewer!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 30, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

      I really love this book and can’t wait to read what happens to Amanda when she is in England!
      P.S. Thanks for clarifying the “OMG” 😉


  9. ontheplumtree June 30, 2012 at 2:43 am #

    How lovely to see Darlene Foster featured on your wonderful blog, Erik. She is a favourite of Plum Tree Books. So many adventures, teaching children about new places around the world. And she cannot leave England out. That is where I live (hence, the spelling of favourite). We spell English differently in England. Color is colour, Harmonize is harmonise…Your ‘z’s’ are our ‘s’s. I hope you didn’t think I couldn’t spell! It is confusing isn’t it?. That’s what happens when we travel to different countries. People do things differently!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

      I didn’t think you couldn’t spell (hee hee). I read a lot of books written by English and Austrailan authors and I know that words are spelled a little differently some places. I like learning more about words and languages. I am taking a Latin course to learn more about where some words come from. I really like Ms. Foster’s books and can’t wait to read her next one!


      • ontheplumtree July 1, 2012 at 7:44 am #

        Learning the Latin route of words is, in my humble opinion, the best way to learn and appreciate the English language. Many of our words are also rooted in Greek and have given birth to philosophy. But, I digress, as sometimes I forget, Erik, that you are 10. You are so intelligent and mature that I expect you to understand such things. Lol!


      • thiskidreviewsbooks July 1, 2012 at 10:54 am #

        Thank you for the compliment Dr. Clune! I found Latin helpful/interesting. I am thinking of taking another language up too, but I am not sure which one yet. 😀


  10. Barbara July 1, 2012 at 1:13 am #

    I haven’t read any of the Amanda books yet, but I intend to catch up very soon. Great review.


  11. Lynn A. Davidson July 1, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    Great review, Eric. 🙂
    I was fortunate to read and review Amanda in Arabia: The Perfume Flask, but I haven’t read this one yet.


  12. Myra GB July 11, 2012 at 12:51 am #

    I enjoy travel/adventure stories such as these. And I’m glad to note that you liked this one. My favorite series includes Mitsumasa Anno’s Journeys – Anno’s USA/ Britain/ Spain. 🙂



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