Monday 2 May 2011

Go Girl: Surf’s Up

Go Girl: Surf’s Up by C. Perry (Hardie Grant Egmont)
PB RRP $9.95
ISBN 978-192156466-6
Reviewed by Lillian Rodrigues-Pang

The Go Girl series is receiving a new injection of life. The books are being rereleased with newly designed covers, added colour and a high coverage marketing campaign is under way.

The books have joined with Total Girl magazine to run a large-scale competition and have a revamped website for members including an updated chat site with improved security ( There is also a new website under construction aimed at joining mothers, authors and child parenting experts (

Overall the series aims at producing refreshing and ‘real’ stories – no vampires or fairies anywhere. This book offered exactly that. It was a refreshing story about a young girl trying to learn how to surf, learn to trust in her friendship and overcome jealousy.

The story itself was entertaining and the girl's journey an educational one – when the main character was troubled she talked to her sister and wrote in a diary to sort out bad feelings as well as speaking to older family members. The story was interesting throughout and offered scenes involving healthy activities such as surfing, boys and girls presenting dance shows of an evenings and joint family dinners. Only when I sat down to review did I realise how much had been covered – essentially the book was a good read. I will be encouraging my daughter to read this series.

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