selectionI have fond memories of reading books with my mother over the years.   appear once a month and be called ‘Mother Daughter Selections.  I have fond memories of discussing  books with my mother and think this is a wonderful bonding moment.

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It can also be a great time to peel your youngster away from video games and the phone!

The first selection for 2016 is ‘The Selection Series‘ written by Kiera Cass. The books are available as ebooks and hardcovers.

The books  are a series of dystopian/romance young adult novels by author Kiera Cass, following the journey of America Singer, a young girl who is entered in a competition referred to as The Hunger Gamesmeets The Bachelor  to be the next queen of a country called Illéa – and Prince Maxon’s wife. However, this means leaving her family and secret boyfriend behind. She is stuck between two worlds, and realizes that life as one of the thirty-five girls is not what she expected.

The books in this series read like an adventure.   There are strong influences  from the story of Esther in the old testament, which told in this modern tale  may serve as a great mother daughter conversation alone. I would suggest that you sit down and read Ester with your daughter if possible.

Why should you read it: I found it to be absolutely delightful and  will be a great read for groups.  There are numerous topics that you can talk about. You can  discuss loyalty, humility modesty, pride, self identification, commitment, determination, virtue and kindness.

Who should read it it:  It is appropriate for  a sophisticated tween  and above.

What to be aware of : There are light romantic moments in it. No graphic scenes. There is mild violence and innuendos but nothing to cause one to blush.

The book series consists of’ the following titles:

Book 5 will publish on May 5, 2016.

There are novellas that tie in well and tell intricate detailed back stories that you will enjoy. I suggest that you read all the books in order, then the below  novellas.

The series delved deeper into the story with Happily Ever After: Companion to the Selection Series is an illustrated hardcover which includes all already published novellas and new ones. It was published October 13, 2015.

The series has sold 3.5 million copies worldwide and is published in 32 languages. There is talk that the series will be heading to film soon!

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