Amanda Commander: The Pinky Promise

Series: Amanda Commander
Publication Date: 28 Jun. 2022
Format: Undefined

ISBN 9781761110788

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    Amanda Commander: The Pinky Promise is the second book of the Amanda Commander series. With friends Mai and Lu, the Dolphin Squad is about to tackle the upcoming Cross Country! Although, not all of them love running. When they plan a way to enjoy the event together, everything seems like it's going to be a great time, but the plan is quickly thrown out the window and Amanda has to decide whether she wants to make it to Districts or if helping someone is more important. 

    A fun-filled junior fiction book that continues to follow Amanda, Mai and Lu as they live through their school days together. Whenever there's a problem, the three work together to find a solution and help each other out. Showing the value of friendship and the merits of communication, problem-solving and teamwork, Amanda Commander is perfect for young kids making their way through primary school, giving some ideas on how to connect with those around them.


    Book Type: Early Readers
    Age Group: 7 years +
    Traffic Lights: Green
    Class Novel: No
    Good Reads Rating: 4/5
    Literary Rating: 4/5


    Amanda and the Dolphin Squad are excited and just a little nervous— the school cross country race is coming up, and it’s compulsory! Mai is particularly worried, as she doesn’t enjoy running at all, so the friends decide to stick together and support each other for the whole race, making sure no one gets left behind. Amanda, Lu, and Mai all pinky promise to run as a group, and Operation Cross Country is in motion! 

    On the day of the race Eve, one of the fastest runners in Grade 3, and Rosie, a new girl who is not very fast at all, ask if they can also run with the group. The girls agree, and as the race starts everyone heads off together. Unfortunately, Rosie just can’t keep up, and even though Amanda hangs back with her the other girls break their promise and run ahead, securing places in the District Finals and leaving Amanda behind. Amanda is very upset with her friends for breaking their promise, but an uneasy truce is reached when Amanda finds out she has made it into the final.

    For the final, the girls in Dolphin Squad decide to run individually and just meet at the finish line. Amanda takes off and eventually makes it into the top five runners (giving her the chance to go to the Regional Finals), but when she sees another girl trip and injure herself she knows she has to help, even if it costs her the race. When Mai and Lu catch up, they don’t decide to stay and help—no one is getting left behind this time. At school the next week, the three girls all receive special ‘good sport’ awards—they may not have qualified for Regionals, but they did the right thing and made everyone very proud.

    The Pinky Promise is the second book in the Amanda Commander series and is a great story about friendship and doing the right thing, even when it’s difficult. Younger readers will enjoy this fun book and its important lessons about keeping your promises and supporting others.


    friendship, promises, running, cross country, being supportive, keeping your word

    Content Notes

    Injury: A runner from another school falls and grazes her knee – Amanda and her friends clean the blood away and help her to the finish line (p. 51-53).

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