When you follow your dreams, the possibilities are endless!
Milla loves nothing more than imagining grand adventures in the great wide somewhere, just like Belle. She dreams of traveling the world and writing about her incredible discoveries. Unfortunately, there is nothing pretend about the fifth-grade overnight and Milla's fear that her moms won't let her go.
Enter Piper, Mariana, Zahra, and Ruby. Together with Milla, they form the Daring Dreamers Club and become best friends. But can they help Milla believe she's ready for this real grand adventure?
Diverse, talented, and smart--these five girls found each other because they all had one thing in common: big dreams. Touching on everyday dramas and the ups and downs of friendship, this series will enchant all readers who are princesses at heart.
The Disney Daring Dreamers Club series gets underway with this tale that meshes tropes from the Disney Princess world and the story of five fifth graders at Walter Roy (as in Disney) Elementary. Their advisory-group leader, a free-spirited art teacher, tells them to "dare to dream big!" and gives them journals to write about "a princess you connect with or feel inspired by." Bookish, adventure-seeking Milla, who feels smothered by her overprotective mothers, is torn between Rapunzel and Belle until (in one of the book's cornier lines), a friend points out, "You have a teacup pig named Chip! You are totally Belle!" Soderberg's (the Puppy Pirates series) plot gets bogged down by Milla's angst that her parents won't let her go on the much-anticipated class overnight-adventure trip, a worry that further deepens when her attempts to prove she's responsible backfire. But Milla shines brightly on the outing, demonstrating the outdoor skills she's learned from books and her intuitive ability to be a good friend. Though core issues of identity, independence, and teamwork ground the novel, Disney Princess devotees will likely be the most charmed. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8 12. \n