Sand Dollar Summer by Kimberly Jones

Sand Dollar SummerHere’s a great family story that takes place on the Maine coast. Lise is a 12-year-old with a young brother who is very bright but doesn’t speak. Her mother is raising the two children alone. When I started reading it I thought, “oh, this is going to be one of those stories about an overwhelmed, neglectful mother and Lise will have to take full responsibility for her little brother.” Not so. I was happy to see that the mother is strong and capable, BUT she has a bad accident and decides to recover on an island in Maine where she grew up. Lise is very afraid of the ocean and has no interest in leaving her friends and going to a boring island. The author skillfully shows how Lise changes from a self-centered, resentful, scared girl by means of a few interesting people she meets on the island and an intense encounter with a dangerous hurricane.

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2 Comments on “Sand Dollar Summer by Kimberly Jones”

  1. regan Says:

    I think the book sounds really good it seems very interesting

  2. KIM Says:

    Seems really interesting like Regan said!


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