Frowns and Gowns

The Mischief Series Book 5

Children - Grade K-3rd
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 09/19/2023
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Author Biography

Amanda M. Thrasher was born in England, moved to Texas, and resides there still. She’s an award-winning author of Young Adult, General Fiction, Middle Grade, Early Reader Chapter, and Picture Books. Amanda is a multiple Gold Recipient of The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA), earning the award in multiple categories, including Young Adult, General Fiction, and Early Reader Chapter Books. She’s a multiple Gold Medal winner of the Readers’ Favorite International Book awards. She was awarded a New Apple Literary Award and earned a first-place North Texas Book Festival award.

In addition, Amanda was contracted to write a graphic novel for the Driving on the Right Side of the Road Program. The publication is part of the Driving on the Right Side of the Road (DRSR) program, developed by the Law-Related Education Department of the State Bar of Texas Law Focused Education, Inc., and the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center with funding from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the Texas Department of Transportation. The program’s purpose is to offer a preventive educational program to encourage responsible decision-making regarding obeying traffic laws and following safe practices. The graphic novel titled What If … A Story of Shattered Lives was adapted into a reader’s theater for as few as five speakers or as many as twenty-six.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Constance Stadler for Readers' Favorite

Frowns and Gowns: The Mischief Series Book 5 by Amanda M. Thrasher is a tale of seemingly unlikely friendships and fantastic events where magic mixes with beauty and playful skulduggery. In a world where fairies dwell, amazing happenstances become familiar. The central event is the upcoming fairy ball, an unparalleled gala. Preparations include conferring with the multi-talented spider, Broderick, a phenomenal baker, and then happily coming together to gather needed ingredients. At each step along the way, the bonds between Lilly, the beautiful and reflective group leader, and her mischievous friends Boris and Jack become increasingly apparent. Pearle, who can fly but not walk and is delighted to go about in her chariot, is also close to Lilly. Faculty elders are equally special, coming together in compassionate response to the plight of a single student. One element disturbing this realm of serenity is the need for invisible special agents led by Chester, sworn to protect Lilly and any other boy or girl coming to harm from an unknown nemesis.

As the ball nears, whether being fitted for glorious gowns or bedecking oak trees with garlands of flowers, preparations become increasingly fast-paced and exciting. The culmination is the ball itself, where stars form a canopy of light and fairy dust dazzles, alongside an astonishing array of treats that Jack and Boris promptly devour, with gastric consequences. Amanda M. Thrasher describes every detail in such a way that enchanted wonderment continuously infuses the text. While themes are layered, making the impossible come to life through an array of beautifully etched characters and surprising plot points, interrelationships and teamwork are at the heart of the narrative. Frowns and Gowns is a book for children that makes an imaginary world so wonderfully vivid that the young reader will likely want to find a way of entering it and reveling in this one-of-a-kind realm with unmatched exuberance and wide-eyed enthusiasm.

Pikasho Deka

Frowns and Gowns is the fifth book in The Mischief Series by Amanda M. Thrasher. Lilly and her fairy friends, Rosie, Ivy, and Pearle, couldn't be more excited about the upcoming fairy ball. But while they are discussing the committee they are going to volunteer for, their friends Boris and Jack are busy playing with moss bombs behind the wood' shroom. As the day of the ball comes closer, the fairlings join the food committee, taste Broderick the Spider's delicious recipes, and engage in dance lessons, much to the chagrin of the boys. However, on the day of the ball, Boris encounters a problem that will need everyone's help. Will Lilly and her friends be able to enjoy the fairy ball of their dreams?

Frowns and Gowns is the perfect whimsical adventure book for preteens. The setting reminded me of Harry Potter in his first few years at Hogwarts. There is a lot of mischief and fun to enjoy as Amanda M. Thrasher takes readers on a wholesome adventure with moss bomb fights, dance lessons, and fairy balls you wish you could attend. Thrasher incorporates a lot of humorous situations into the story that are bound to delight kids and adult readers alike. This is a story with a gentle message about friends working together to overcome challenging situations and having the best time. I liked Lilly's kind-hearted nature, Boris and Jack's mischievous antics, and the food-tasting scenes with Broderick. If you're looking for a fun-filled, quirky tale about friendship, this one will be right up your alley.

Emma Megan

Lilly, a gifted fairy, and her friends are excited for their first official fairy ball. Lilly, Rosie, Ivy, Pearle, Boris, and Jack have plenty of time to prepare for the magical evening of the fairy ball. Now they must choose which committee they should be part of together: the food committee, the decorating committee, the seamstress committee, the floral arrangements committee, or the cleanup committee. But because Boris and Jack are nowhere to be found, the girls are forced to choose without them. The boys don't want to join in on all the fairy ball nonsense. They would rather play with moss bombs. Will Boris and Jack help the girls with their tasks for the ball, or will they cause trouble? You can find out more about it in Frowns and Gowns: The Mischief Series Book 5 by Amanda M. Thrasher.

Frowns and Gowns by Amanda M. Thrasher is a superb and exciting story about some fine young fairies. In this delightful, magical adventure, Lilly and her friends overcome obstacles by working together and learning valuable lessons. It's full of fun, adventures, amazing food, sparkling fairy dust, and other fairy delights. This enchanting children's book teaches little readers about teamwork and the true meaning of friendship. With easy-to-read text, highly engaging content, and magical adventures, kids won't be able to put this captivating story down. It is best suited for young readers seeking a magical escape. The Mischief Series will definitely turn children into voracious readers. It also makes for a stunning gift for young readers.

Kristine Zimmerman

Frowns and Gowns by Amanda M. Thrasher is the fifth book in the Mischief Series. Lilly and her friends Rosie, Ivy, and Pearle are excited to help prepare for their first official fairy ball. Their friends Jack and Boris are not nearly as thrilled. How much fun can dancing and fancy outfits be? They'd much rather have a slimy moss bomb fight. However, every fairy must be on a committee to plan for the ball. There is so much to get ready, such as food, decorations, outfits, and of course, practicing for the dance. Broderick, the fashionable and multi-talented spider, is enlisted to help with the food. Will the fairies be able to get everything done in time?

Amanda Thrasher's Mischief series is a delightful early chapter book. Frowns and Gowns is a story filled with fun, friendship, and some silliness. I was impressed at how diversity is included with Pearle, who can't walk, so she uses a chariot to get around. She is involved in all the preparations and merriment. Thrasher's descriptions of the mushroom patch, fancy ball gowns, and especially the food create a vivid and magical world. Lilly and her friends demonstrate how to work together as a team. The short chapters and engaging story will hook readers from the first page. Fans of the Candy Fairies and Rainbow Magic will enjoy the Mischief series and their mushroom patch world. Children and parents might enjoy having a fairy picnic, with scones, tarts, cucumber sandwiches, and rosehip tea as they read about Lilly and her friends.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

For those young readers who have enjoyed the first four books of the Mischief Series, Amanda M. Thrasher’s Frowns and Gowns, won’t disappoint. Lilly, Boris, and Jack are steadfast friends and know the true meaning of friendship. They’re also fairies, learning to fly and make good use of their talents. Quick-witted Lilly, mischievous Boris, and the troublemaker Jack are set to team up on yet another magical adventure, full of mayhem and all manner of mishaps. This adventure takes place at the fairy ball. All the young fairies are being recruited to various committees to help make the ball a success. The girl fairies are all excited as it’s their first ball; the boys not so much. In fact, Boris and Jack make themselves scarce while everyone else chooses the committee they want to work with. Their ploy to avoid the ball altogether is thwarted, though, as they volunteered for the cleanup committee, the only committee left with no volunteers. But, that’s not the mayhem that results in a series of mishaps and adventures that bind the group of friends together, steadfast and sure.

Amanda M. Thrasher’s first-chapter books for 1st through fourth grade novel, Frowns and Gowns, is the fifth book in The Mischief Series. Using simple language, lots of dialogue, and a cute illustration at the beginning of each chapter, this easy-to-read magical adventure will encourage, engage, and entertain young readers of all reading levels. The plot develops nicely with lots of banter amongst the friends. Although, since the main characters are fairies, one would expect magic to abound, the best magic in this story (indeed, in this series) is the true magic of friendship, teamwork, and working together. As the fairy friends collaborate, they manage to overcome countless challenges, all while learning some valuable life lessons and creating some marvelous memories. Although written as a series, each book stands on its own as a good read.