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Iris (The American Dream #1)

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Twelve-year-old Iris Beekman loves photography, her family, and her life in Holland. She DOESN’T love having divorced parents, the panic attacks she’s had since Dad left, or the news that her mom just got a job teaching at Stanford University in America. With their beloved grandma in tow, Iris and her siblings move to California with their mom to start their new life. But ...more
Kindle Edition, 156 pages
Published June 11th 2015 by Stephanie Taylor
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Mary It would be good for tween and teen ages, but anyone looking for a good read could read it. It is pretty much for anyone.
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This was a cute book, geared more towards children. However, I would say older children from 12 and above.

The book follows Iris and her family. Iris lives in Holland and her parents have recently divorced. Iris's family dynamic has changed and she isn't too happy about it. Iris lives with her mother, Oma (grandmother in German), her siblings, Pim (oldest brother) and two younger twin sisters, Romy and Esmee. Iris's father lives near by with his new girlfriend, Britt, who no one likes.

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Jaime
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It isn't easy to strike a chord between writing for an adult audience as well as a younger reader, but this mother-daughter pair has done so with aplomb. Iris focuses on a young woman in a time of transitions, with divorced parents and a move to an entirely new country as well as the usual turmoil of growing up. The book explores these themes from Iris’ perspective, and allows us to observe the little ways in which she inches toward understanding and maturity. The characters are well developed a ...more
Laurie
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this middle grades book about a young girl named Iris, who is dealing with many transitions in her life. Iris and her brother are still struggling with their parents divorce, when they learn their mom has taken a new job in America. Iris is scared about leaving her father, and all her friends in Holland, but she soon finds out that America is not as scary as she thought it might be. Iris makes a friend and even finds a boy that she really likes, but her brother is not willing to give u ...more
Karen
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! So much depth of feelings ...a story everyone can relate to. I was truly surprised at how well put together this story was, how real the characters were. I could see myself and my family in this book. . Looking forward to the next one. Good job Mrs Taylor and Miss Burris. What a wonderful gift you have given to each other!
Karen Morningstar
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing set of authors!
Susan Day
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Our story begins with brother and sister, Iris and Pim, deciding that they want to reunite their parents. Iris wants to take the softly, softly approach and win her father back to the family by reminding him of the good times. Her brother, Pim, however, wants to discredit his father’s new girlfriend, Britt.

It’s an interesting scenario that I’m sure many children will identify with. To add to the pair’s woes They also had to suffer frequent visits from Nicholaas and Bram, two sons of their mother
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Mary
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Iris and her siblings have to leave their home, Holland, to move to America. They have to relearn everything, and to find new friends. They also have to be there for each other.
The kids have to deal with their parents divorce. It helps you understand what some kids actually go through. I think that the divorce was written cleverly, and realistically.
Iris' friend is named Abby. She is the best friend that Iris has ever had. Abby helps Iris realize that she does not need Holland, or her dad, to b
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Elora Mitchell
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: once-is-enough
A perfect book for tween girls (and anyone else who likes a good read), Iris: The American Dream Series is the story of a twelve-year-old Dutch girl who moves halfway across the world to America for her mom’s new job.
Following the break-up of their parents’ marriage, Iris, along with her older brother and twin younger sisters form an unbreakable bond.
Dealing with issues that are common for today’s youth, “Iris” touches on surviving (and thriving) as a child of divorce, first crushes, potential l
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Stephanie Taylor and her daughter Holland are the co-authors of the "American Dream" series. Together, they write contemporary, realistic middle-grade fiction. They also enjoy beaches, being silly, and sushi.
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