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Fusion and hope Both Stella and Angel are superbly crafted characters and I connected intrinsically with both girls and I really miss them now that I ve finished the book Optimistic Stella relies n her handy Heloise hints and her love f rder to keep her grounded and focused Dead Inside on the taskf taking care f the summer cottages and Louise s beloved garden while hot headed Angel rather get lost in her music than clean and worry about finances Such different personalities yet these two girls are connected not just by the secret they share but by their longing to belong I found myself completely captivated with their story and enjoyed every moment f rooting for these two characters through every struggle The Taste of Spruce Gum obstacle and painThe vividly described Cape Cod setting makes for a fun and rich backdrop to the story Pennypacker takes her characters and her readersn a powerful and moving journey in Summer f the Gypsy Moths I really loved the way the story ended but I must share how the story begins because Pennypacker s first paragraph is breathtaking The earth spins at a thousand miles an hour Sometimes when I remember this it s all I can do to stay upright the urge to flatten myself to the ground and clutch hold is that strong Because gravity Oh gravity is no match for a force that euals ten simultaneous hurricanes No if we aren t all flung ff the earth like so many water droplets She Stoops to Conquer off a cartoon dog s back it must be because people are connected somehow I like to imagine the ties between us as strandsf spider silk practically invisible maybe but strong as steel I figure the trick is to spin Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile out enoughf them to weave Orb ourselves into a net taken from ARC final paragraph may differMY FINAL THOUGHTS I m very much in love with Summerf the Gypsy Moths and I m in awe The Dandy and Lady Penelope of Sara Pennypacker s ability to craft such a beautifully poignant story and two genuinely realistic and fascinating characters This is an absolute MUST read MG novel I started this a while ago and put it down when it seemed to be headed in a direction that didn t work for me Then a friendn an award committee asked me to read it so now I have I can certainly see Suppose I told you that there was a book ut this year in which a pair f 11 year Multi-Family Therapy old girls find their foster parent dead and then elect to bury her in the backyard and continuen with their lives Who would you think had written such a book Jack Gantos Polly Horvath Roald Dahl in a long lost manuscript National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition only recently rediscovered What if I told you that it was actually by Sara Pennypacker the authorf Clementine and that instead f being a black comedy r a surreal Daniel Pinkwater style excursion its closest tonal comparison was to a Hallmark Original MovieIf you re anything like me your final reply was something like Waitwhat And the single biggest problem with Summer f the Gypsy Moths the Sara Pennypacker book in uestion is that it never gets past that reaction never finds a way to seem plausible r to allow for the suspension A History of Prophecy in Israel, Revised and Enlarged of disbeliefPartf the issue is that the characters seem much like a collection f verly precious uirks than like real people Stella the narrator and One, Two, Three Me onef the aforementioned 11 year lds is bsessed with a newspaper household advice column called Heloise s Hints fills in the narratives Sex and Lust in Tijuana: True Sex Stories of the Tjamigos of Reader s Digest Condensed Books with sections about cleaning can sense when something is wrong and rhapsodizes in her narration like someone auditioning for a part in a Nicolas Sparks movie Angel thether 11 year ld is in foster care because her mother was a singer who died in a car accident and her father was a fisherman who drowned in an accident because his boat didn t have enough life jackets conducts seagulls n the beach into flight and faithfully watches her dead foster parent s soap Tea for Ruby opera so that she can give daily reportsver the grave There was not a single point during the book that I believed in either The Life of Saint Philip Neri of them as than authorial constructs Kids with disrupted lives can certainly developdd habits as coping skills but in real life those habits rarely look uite so much like literary devicesBut the I think about it the I think there might not have been any possible way for Summer f the Gypsy Moths to succeed because however you look at it it s still a positive life affirming stensibly realistic book about a pair f preteens who bury their caretaker in the backyard The tone and plot are so terribly mismatched that it might not have mattered if the characters were Anne Shirley and Lyra Belacua r if it were co authored by Beverly Cleary and Laura Ingalls Wilder The problem isn t simply I only Like the Fingers of the Guy I Hate, Vol. 1 onef execution but The Whistle Pig one that existsn the conceptual level itselfI don t think Sara Pennypacker is a bad writer even in a book as unsuccessful as Summer f the Gypsy Moths there s some excellent prose and she is after all still the author f Clementine But I think the sooner she puts this ne in her rear view mirror the better As a librarian I m always n the lookout for good middle grade books I can booktalk to kids Often you don t need an exciting cover Church Planting Is for Wimps: How God Uses Messed-Up People to Plant Ordinary Churches That Do Extraordinary Things or title to sell a book to kids Heck sometimes you don t even need to show the book at all Yet in the casef Sara Pennypacker s debut middle grade novel Summer A Stepdaughter In Heat of the Gypsy Moths I fully intend to show the coverff There you see two happy girls n a seashore n a beautiful summer s day What could be idyllic I ll show the kids the cover then start right Rufus off with Doesn t it look sweet Yeah So this is a book about two girls who bury a corpse in their backyard by themselves and. Fantasizes that someday she'll come back to the Cape and settle down Thenly bstacle to her plan Angel the foster kid Louise has taken in Angel couldn't be less like her name she's tough and prickly and the girls hardly speak to each therBut when tragedy unexpectedly

Summer You Are a Miserable Excuse for a Hero!: Book One in the Just Make a Choice! Series of the Gypsy Moths was not what I was expecting from the authorf the charming Clementine series The title and cover implied at least to me a similarly innocent type f story but that didn t turn ut to be the caseTwo girls who have been abandoned by their mothers are living with Aunt Louise as her foster kids al I might have liked this Women and Social Work: Towards a Woman-Centered Practice okay if it didn t feel so very heavy doughyr leaden comes to mind There s no levity and a surprising lack f sense f adventure Usually I eat up kids keeping house books with a spoon But in this Stella s love The Cowboys of housekeepingcleaning is prettybviously pathological which takes all the fun ut f itAs a Newbery possibility I don t think soThe subjects do not come to life as they have in Pennypacker s ther books The setting is certainly well done The plot reuires large and freuent suspensions f disbelief and I just don t think there s enough here to make up for itAnd I found it doubtful that a present day twelve year My Grandfather's Prison: A Story of Death and Deceit in 1940s Kansas City old would use the TV show Friends as a reference point especially regarding friendship I think the show is still in freuent rerunsn syndication but so are thers that would be bvious to a child A show stopper I think everyone who reads 20 pages into this book would be completely immersed While it certainly is a bit harrowing I think it is harrowing done right Adolescent books can be so important in providing perspective and helping children navigate difficult life concepts All children eventually need to learn about the unsettling themes in this book and what better place to vicariously navigate those themes than in a beautifully written well crafted book The shock value alone would grabs kids but I worry parents and teachers might think the subject matter to be too heavy I would encourage these nay sayers to see the book as a safe vehicle into these themesThere is also beautiful symbolism which many children s authors don t always bother to employ There is a blueberry garden whose stages follow that f the girl s development and mental health throughout their dishonest summer It is done so well I think that some children would indeed pick up n it My nly complaint is that the cover might be misleading Girls picking it up thinking it was a whimsical story about friendship and summer fun would be rather surprised at its content I think I was warned about its content and was still a little shocked So many readers have already written reviews f this book that I want to add just a few comments Those who find the basic situation hard to believe may not be aware f just how desperate kids can become and how clever and independent they can be Most middle class children have closely supervised lives but many poor r neglected children slip through the adult net and function basically n their wn using their wits So I had no problem with the idea Flash Fiction Forward: 80 Very Short Stories of two girls doing what these two did In addition in the story I think the girls were actuallyn their グライネリエ 1 [Grainerie 1] own for four weeks not a whole summer Thether element f this book that I loved was the humor Truly my kind f funny scenes which reminded me f Hilary McKay s books THREE WORDS A Stunning SurpriseMY REVIEW Sara Pennypacker s Summer f the Gypsy Moths surprised me in the most delicious way Surprised me with its poignancy humor beauty and most The First Socialist Society: A History of the Soviet Union from Within of all with the way its story gripped my heart and still hasn t let goEleven yearld Stella armed with her collected household hints from infamous Heloise loves The Coming Revolution in Youth Ministry order and rules which is why she likes living with her great aunt Louisen Cape Cod After Stella s grandmother dies her flighty mother abandoned her in File Under: Arson order to find herself so Stella must stay with Louse until her mother can prove to the authorities that she s a responsible parent Louise also takes in twelve yearld Angel a foster child and she and Stella could not be different and the two girls avoid each Wicked Sense other as much as possible But when Louise dies the two girls must work together to keep her death a secret so they won t be taken away and sent to another foster home The girls bury Louise in the garden and setut to take ver her responsibilities as caretaker f four summer cottages and as they band together to keep their secret the two girls find that maybe they aren t so differentThat s a heck Powerless Against You of a book description both thefficial ne in the blue box and mine right But honestly neither summary can really do this book justice because Summer f the Gypsy Moths is such a wonderfully layered written and entertaining MG book that ne must simply read to fully appreciateBUT I ll do my best to explain why I loved this book and why you really must read itSara Pennypacker has crafted a stunning and startling story f heartache and hope and has done so with bone deep and heart touching honesty tenderness beauty and thought provoking situations For some readers the idea Dobys Lessons (Brats in Training of two young girls burying their dead caretaker may make them wary and raise some eyebrows but trust me when I say that the story couldn t unfold in anyther way and Pennypacker handles this unusual situation with the utmost care and sensitivity The story is told from the vulnerable yet captivating point The Texan Meets His Match of viewf young Stella and Pennypacker has captured the voice f an eleven year ld girl who has been forced to grow up far too fast flawlessly In fact the entire story is pitch perfect and Pennypacker s writing is simply lovely The emotional tangibility in Summer f the Gypsy Moths is exuisite and impressive in its complexity I felt every unce The Heretic's Handbook (Kindle Single) of Stella and Angel s grief anger con. Stella loves living with Great aunt Louise in her bigld house near the water Blue Guide New York on Cape Cod for many reasons but mostly because Louise likes routine as much as she does something Stella appreciates since her mom is well kindf unreliable So while Mom finds herself Stella.

Don t tell anyone about it BLAMMO Instant interest Never mind that the book really is a heartfelt and meaningful story r that the writing is some f the finest you will encounter this year Dead bodies interested readers and if I have to sell it with a tawdry pitch then I am bloody selling it with a tawdry pitch and the devil take the details Shh Don t tell them it s f utstanding literary uality as wellConvinced that her free floating mother will return to her someday soon Stella lives with her Great aunt Louise and Louise s foster kid Angel The situation is tenable if not entirely comfortable If Stella is neat to the point Garden of The Gods of fault then Angel s her 180 degreepposite They re like il and water those two That s why when Louise ups and dies n the girls they re surprised to find themselves reluctant allies in a kind The Fruits of Graft: Great Depressions Then and Now of crazy scheme Neitherne f them wants to get caught up in the foster care system so maybe that s why they end up burying Louise in the backyard running her summer cottages like nothing s wrong They can t keep it up forever but in the process f working together the two find themselves growing closer coming to understand where they re both coming fromI always knew Pennypacker could write Musical Mathematics: On the Art and Science of Acoustic Instruments of course She cut her teethn the early chapter book market Clementine etc which besides easy books can Goig often be the most difficult books to write for children The woman really mastered the form managing with as few words as possible to drive home some concrete emotions and feelings In Summerf the Gypsy Moths she ups the proverbial ante so to speak Now that she has far space to play with Pennypacker takes her time She draws Stella and Angel into a realistically caring relationship with Where Alligators Sleep one another thatvercomes their earlier animosity By the end Saraswati Park of the story you understand that they really do likene another differences f pinion and personality asideThen there s the writing itself First and foremost Pennypacker knows how to write some stellar lines Things like Angel stared at me looking like she was caught between snarling and fainting She s also ample with the humor as when Stella goes to school after the incident and reports Nobody seemed to notice the big sign I felt sure I wore the ne that flashed ASK ME ABOUT MY WEEKEND Later she runs into the school librarian who always seems to be able to read her mind I know it sounds crazy but I wouldn t have been surprised if Ms Richardson had handed me a book about kids burying people in their backyards Humor is so hard and Pennypacker is incredibly gifted in her pitch perfect sparing use f it Finally I always like to sit back and watch an author make the novel s point so to speak There s usually some moment when somebody sort Young And Naive, Wasted Years of says the point whether directlyr indirectly If you were watching a musical it would be the show s big number In this particular case it comes from the lips Ebekulak of George the friendf Great aunt Louise who helps the girls Israeli Soldier Girl out with the cabins Atne point he breaks apart a sand dollar for Stella and shows her how the little pieces inside I guess I am getting than a trifle impatient with current with contemporary middle grade novels that are so not to my reading tastes that I cannot even be bothered to consider finishing reading them as yes indeed Sara Pennypacker s 2012 Summer Understories of the Gypsy Moths has most definitely been yet another could not finish reading attempt for me And while the entire premisef unfit mothers and their children then being taken care Commissar of by distant relatives was already rather bothering me upon starting with Summerf the Gypsy Moths as in my humble Commissary Kitchen: My Infamous Prison Cookbook opinion there do seem to be just too many current middle grade novelsn the market which continuously have the former as their main r as ne The Firebrand Legacy of their major themes and in Summerf the Gypsy Moths this certainly has also not been presented by Sara Pennypacker in an even remotely interesting and novel enough fashion what finally decided me with regard to abandoning Summer Making Instruments Count of the Gypsy Moths has actually NOT been the frustratingly too standardly mundane premisef Stella being raised by her great aunt Louise because Stella s mother is clearly too immature and unfit as a parent but rather the entire and to and for me majorly improbable scenario The Kangaroo Pouch: A Story About Gestational Surrogacy For Young Children of Louise s death and how Stella and Angel somehow and even mostly successfully manage to keep this a secret from everyone For while Louise dying and Stella and Angel not really knowing what to do isf course not something inherently improbable I certainly have found that as an adult reader I could simply not accept and believe that two youngish girls would be able to hide the reality f Louise s death from everyone that no ne grew suspicious and that no ne seemingly even asked uestions And indeed even my inner child was having major issues suspending my totally annoyed and piued sense f disbelief so yes I uickly and without any feelings Treat of guilt whatsoever decided to cut my proverbial reading losses and to abandon Summerf the Gypsy Moths to consider this novel as a too strange and pretty unrealistic and as such also urelatable combination Ramayana Vol 1 of beingn the ne hand too standardly predicable plot wise but n the ther hand much too improbable with the actual storyline at hand to be in any manner sufficiently and bearably believable This was uite profound and impressive for a middle grade novel and despite its juvenile target it s a book that can be enjoyed by all ages particularly the author s remarkable depiction f Cape Cod and also the heavy underlying themes. Trikes Stella and Angel are forced to rely Desire Lines on eachther to survive and they learn that they are stronger together than they could have imagined And ver the course f the summer they discover the ne thing they do have in common dreams f finally belonging to a real fami.

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