momMom Made Us Write This Is The Summer is the journal of Maggie and Max, twins who are ending 4th grade and gearing up for 5th grade.  Their Mom wants them to learn to communicate with each other better so she decides that they will keep a journal throughout the summer – in ONE journal that they have to share.  The rules are that they have to write 12 entries throughout the course of the summer.  They alternate who starts which entry – and they get to pick the topic (unless Mom tells them what to write.) So there are entries about ice cream, baseball, doctors visits, the zoo, etc.  The book is done in Max and Maggie’s handwriting so it is just like you are reading their journal.  They also read each others entries and leave notes and drawings / doodles on each other’s entries which was a cute addition.  Mom picked the last topic where they needed to go over what they learned.

This is a super cute book for kids and would be perfect to have kids read as a summer reading book (and maybe even then have them start a journal of their own afterwards!)

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Mom Made Us Write This In The Summer is a children’s book by Ali Maier, written for ages 8 – 12.

A sister and brother, forced to write in the summer, and share ONE journal? Ugh.

This is exactly what happens to 10-year-old twins Maggie and Max Pruitt. When Mom comes up with a plan for them to keep a summer journal, Maggie and Max can’t believe it. Worse yet, they have to share!

Through their writing, Maggie and Max find out they have very different (and hilarious) views about growing up, family and life – a conclusion they only discovered because, as Max and Maggie say, “Mom Made Us Write This.”

Mom Made Us Write This In The Summer is a journal-style book for children that captures the essence of sibling relationships. Anyone with a brother or sister will identify with the fun and struggles that Max and Maggie experience this summer! From a trip to the zoo to the annual check-up at the docs – read all about the life adventures of Maggie & Max.

The series also includes ‘Mom Made Us Write This: Write Your Own Shared Journal’ and ‘Mom Made Us Write This Family Quiz Book’.