Tropical Dreams, by Sally Odgers

Reviewed by Molly Martin

Keen to follow his dreams, Dad has brought his dream house in Frangipani, for a change of lifestyle. His kids Kim, Hal and Junee aren’t so sure. Moving to the country isn’t exactly a dream come true for them.

But things can – and do – get worse. Out of the blue Mum, Dad and even Gran start acting strangely. Dad is eating like a teenager – and leaving the same amount of mess. Mum is playing around with make up and the latest fashions, and Gran is bopping to the latest music. Do they really think they are teenagers, or is it just an act?

For three days the children are forced to become more adult as the adults become increasingly juvenile – first teeanaged, then children and finally babies. The children are run ragged trying to keep the adults occupied and safe while they try to figure out what to do about it.

Tropical Dreams is a humorous title from author Sally Odgers, part of the new Breakers series from Macmillan Education. Kids aged 9 to 12 will enjoy the antics of the adult characters and enjoy the zany ‘what if’ storyline.

A fun read.

Tropical Dreams, by Sally Odgers
Macmillan Education, 2004