...for your young beach-reader this summer!
by: Linda Bartosik
Last summer, children's author Sara Pennypacker, did a signing at Titcomb's
Bookshop here in Sandwich. She introduced her latest middle grade novel,
The Summer of the Gypsy Moths
I downloaded and read the book. I absolutely loved it. Once again Pennypacker
masters the art of weaving internal and external conflict and takes her
characters on a journey of change and growth.
Pennypacker tells the story of two twelve year olds, Stella and Angel, and their amazing summer on Cape Cod. Family drama, a dead body, catering to cottage renters, and evading social services all combine to profoundly change these two young girls in the space of a few weeks.
Stella replays the movie in her mind about where her life is headed. Angel takes care of herself, doesn't need anyone, and has definite plans for her life. After I finished the book, I was left in a quiet state of awe. The end of every page kept me wanting to go to the next one and I couldn't put the book down.
So if you have a young beach-reader to take to the shore this summer, make sure
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