Monday, April 2, 2007

Summer of the War by Gloria Whelan

Summer of the War by Gloria Whelan is another wonderful Junior High/Teen book that I just finished. I usually do enjoy Whelan's work so I wasn't surprised that this one scored high on my list. This book is set in Michigan during the summer of 1942. It is the story of Belle and how each summer she and her siblings go to the Upper Peninsula to spend some time on "their island". It is usually a summer filled with family time and lots of fun outdoors but this summer is different - their wealthy, Parisian cousin, Carrie plans to come and stay. It turns their summer upside down and Belle has to learn what it means to live with someone you have a hard time getting along with. Consequently - since it is set during 1942 we have two "wars" going on during this summer! The end takes quite a turn but really clinches the story - I enjoyed this one!

Becky Bilby, regular contributor
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Amanda said...

Hello! I am currently trying to find "clean reads" for a 13 year old, Christian girl and am hoping that you can help me out with this particular selection. The girl is not allowed to read anything that includes magic/fantasy and has no interest in books that portray boyfriend/girlfriend stuff. This book seems to fall into neither of those I'm thinking this would be a good choice for her. Any other book suggestions you may have would be great, for now I'll keep browsing your site!


Emily said...

Hi Amanda!
Make sure to check out Little Willow's list here:
And Pop Goes the Library's list here:

Some of the books that come to my mind are Al Capone does my Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko, Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson, Rules by Cynthia Lord.
Hmm. What else? I really like a bit of fantasy and romance, myself. I think those two lists will be really helpful, though.

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