Amanda Commander: The Blues-day Tuesday
Wombat Books, 2024
80pp., pbk., RRP $A12.99
Amanda Caomhánach (aka Amanda Commander) is nearly nine and likes nothing more than hanging out with her two best friends Lucia Cazzoli (aka Rainbow Fudge) and Mai Le (aka Plum Flower). Together they make up the Dolphin Squad meeting at their beachside HQ and solving problems like why Amanda didn’t receive an invitation to Eve’s birthday, the only one in the class not to have one.
This time, Amanda has a tough time fitting back into the friendship groups at school after having a sick day, and so, when Eve has several days off, Amanda is determined she will not face the dame issues, even if it means she, herself, is excluded.
This is the fourth in this series for the newly independent reader, particularly girls, which focuses on the sorts of issues that eight and nine year olds face as they navigate the world of greater independence and making and maintaining friendships. Thus, it will resonate with many who will see themselves in the stories, and start to think about what they might do in the same circumstances. If someone returns to school after an absence or is new to the school, how will they respond so the transition is smooth and welcoming.
Using all the textual devices that support those making the transition to novels, this is a series that will be a sound stepping stone.