Sandra Byrd is known for her wonderful books for young girls, and this new series is one readers will be enthusiastic about also. ISLAND GIRL, the first of the FRIENDS FOR A SEASON series, is a fantastic novel for young teen girls beginning their growing-up years and experiencing the excitement and challenges that each will face as they leave childhood behind. ISLAND GIRL is a story of friends, family, and faith, and the role each one plays in a teen girl's life. This book, and each successive one, deals with issues a teenage girl might face, such as divorce, competitiveness, illness of a parent, and others, and how each can be dealt with and survived with the help of faith in God, a loving family, and good friends. ISLAND GIRL is a warm, wholesome story that is something I highly recommend for all teenage girls, and their mothers also. I plan on picking up all the books in this series for myself and my soon-to-be teen daughter.