Luciana, A Mixed Bag

Hello Doll Fans,

I have had ample time to get caught up on my AG reading list because our whole family has been home sick with varying degrees of stomach virus. ‘Tis the season!

Brianna and I have both read Luciana’s first book about her experience at Space Camp, and our reviews are mixed.

The book has a lot of characters… I would estimate 10-15. It was hard to keep track of who was who, and at the end I didn’t feel much of a connection to anyone. Personally, there was too much discussion of various robotics parts to keep my interest. Maybe today’s 21st C makerspace kids will find the storyline more compelling.

I will give AG credit for really sticking with the science and technology theme in the book. The story immerses the reader in a week at Space Camp, and if that encourages girls to seek careers in science, that would be terrific!

Luci wants to be the first person on Mars. As a reader I wanted to know more about that–what will it take to accomplish that and why do we want to go?

I can’t help compare Lucy’s book to another contemporary character, Z. Yang. Z’s book immersed me in the stop motion and videography world, another topic I know little about, but it piqued my interest and I thought Z was a well-developed character that modern girls could relate to.

On a scale of 1-5, Brianna and I rate Luciana’s book 2 robot dogs.

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7 thoughts on “Luciana, A Mixed Bag

  1. Xyra

    Only 2, that’s not impressive. I’ve noticed sometimes the first book is “meh” but a good set up for the second and that is where we get more character development and better interaction.

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  2. jackylina

    Hmm, that’s interesting. I’m still so behind on my AG reading but I had Luciana on my list. I read a glowing review on another blog site. But it’s all about robotics? She only has one robotic dog! What’s with all the space stuff that’s coming out with her. It’s not in the book?

    And are you/will you do an opinion review of all of Luciana’s stuff, plus the doll herself? Love it when you and Brianna do that!!!

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    1. Jen Post author

      Luci is at Space Camp, so you definitely get some of the NASA theme, but the main issue is that all campers compete in a team robotics competition, and therein the conflict (and lots of detail) arises. The “dog”is actually built by one of Luci’s camp counselors.
      Brianna says we have to actually go somewhere else to do our review, so now what we are on the mend, hopefully this weekend!

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