The Captain’s Daughters by Doreen D. Berger: #RWYK Certified Great Read

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The Captain’s Daughters by Doreen D. Berger: #RWYK Certified Great Read

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The Captain’s Daughters by Doreen D. Berger

The Captain's Daughters by Doreen D. BergerFor most adolescents, growing up is hard enough when one has both feet planted firmly on the ground. But for mischievous, twelve-year-old sisters Diane and Robin, life is complicated further by the fact that their father, Captain William Marsh, is the commander of the Starship Polaris. Living among the stars provides a never-ending realm of creative possibility for the free-spirited girls’ pranks and adventures.

When aliens bent on profit and revenge kidnap Diane and Robin, only their indomitable spirit, ingenuity, and a common love of trouble allow the pair to escape the alien vessel. Finding their way home seems assured until the sisters realize they have been taken further from home then they could ever have imagined, and that they must evade an enemy who will stop at nothing to get them back into his evil clutches. Blocked by interstellar battles, malevolent creatures, and overwhelming obstacles, the sisters fear they may never find a way to return to their own universe and to the father they love.

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About the author

The Captain’s Daughters is Doreen D. Berger’s first novel in a series about the adventures of the Marsh sisters, Diane and Robin. Doreen, known to her family and friends as Diane, has based the series on her relationship with her lifelong friend, Robin, and their spirited childhood escapades. Doreen lives on Long Island with her family and pets.

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Reading science fiction is an excellent way to spark children’s imaginations. But whatever your age, The Captain’s Daughters by Doreen D. Berger is a middle-grade science fiction/space travel book that makes for some out-of-this-world reading. The book is jam-packed with mystery, action, and adventure from start to finish. You would be thrilled to see two strong, mischievous, twelve-year-old girls on the cover of this middle-grade sci-fi story if you appreciate reading books with strong female protagonists.

The book’s main characters are the 12-year-old twins Diane, Robin and their adoptive father, Captain William Marsh. Because their father is the captain of the Starship Polaris, these girls’ lives are anything but ordinary. In the first pages of the book, girls are having a blast with their father while on vacation with Captain Marsh’s parents in New Mexico. One morning as they head out for a horse ride, one of their father’s new enemies kidnaps them, leaving nothing but the burned-out spot where they were carried aboard the alien’s spacecraft. The sisters worry that due to the numerous obstacles in their path, such as interstellar wars, malevolent creatures, and tremendous barriers, they may never be able to return to their home universe. Nevertheless, despite all of these difficulties, they manage to return to their loving father with the power of hope, cooperation, and a lot of teamwork.

The Captain’s Daughters wonderfully depicts the intimate bonds between the Marsh family members. We loved how the narrative alternated fairly evenly between Captain March’s efforts to rescue the kids from the aliens in his time and the girls’ adventures in the parallel universe of New Mexico. Both sides were striving for reconciliation. The girls’ flashbacks or memories of their time with Captain March, his transformation from being their uncle to father, and even some of the silly pranks they played onboard the Starship Polaris, were masterfully shown. The girls always hated their father for setting too many limitations on them, yet they truly loved him. Although their father frequently grounded them for mischief, we think they genuinely value the restrictions he imposed to keep them feeling secure.

We love this book in every possible universe! Readers in middle grade who prefer character-driven stories with lots of action will adore getting to know Diane and Robin and can’t wait for their next adventure. Overall, this was a great story that highlighted complicated family dynamics, sibling love, and the enjoyable adventures they experienced in both space and time. With a surprise on every page and two of the most cosmically awesome, vividly unique heroines we’ve ever read, this sweet, hilarious book made us happy. We highly recommend this book to kids of all ages!




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