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Summer of the Gypsy Moths (edition 2012)

by Sara Pennypacker

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Title:Summer of the Gypsy Moths
Authors:Sara Pennypacker
Info:Balzer Bray (2012), Hardcover, 288 pages
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Don't let the sweetly drawn cover fool you into thinking that this is a light and breezy novel for middle grade readers. Penny Pennypacker, the author of the hit series Clementine, takes a turn at writing about more serious themes, foster care and even death, without getting too heavy-handed or dire. Her gentle touch doesn't diminish the trials endured by Stella, who finds herself living on Cape Cod with her great-aunt Louise after her mother leaves her, nor of Angel, a street-smart and tough survivor of the foster care system who Louise takes in as well. Despite these raw themes, this book will linger with you like a slice of blueberry pie on a warm summer day. Pennypacker, herself a resident of Cape Cod, depicts the Outer Cape to a tee, with its mix of locals and summer tourists. Stella's yearning for home and belonging, combined with Angel's belief in destiny, propel this story as these two young girls weave together a story of lies and deceit in order to hold onto the one thing they have in common, a home, if only temporarily.

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  Mad.River.Librarian | Apr 23, 2014 |
Recommended Ages: Gr. 4-7

Plot Summary: Stella is dreaming of when her mom can get a good job, stop traveling the world, and come back to take those parenting classes so they can live together again. The movie Stella plays in her mind is always the same, but in the meantime, she's living with her great-aunt Louise and Angel, another foster kid. When Stella comes home from school, she finds Louise's body in the house. Right before she calls 911, Angel convinces her to wait so that she has time to run to New York where she will meet her aunt, or live on the streets until her aunt is ready for her. While Angel is getting her stuff together, George comes by and asks to see Louise, The girls lie and say she is sick. George and the girls work to get the four cabins ready for their first guests and the girls realize they can't go. They bury Louise in the garden and do the work themselves. It isn't easy, especially since they don't like each other, don't get along, and are keeping a giant secret. Plus, they are running out of money and food. How long can they keep their secret?

Setting: Cape Cod, near the beach

Characters:
Stella - 11 y/o, 9 y/o when her grandma died, has a tingly feeling when something bad is going to happen, loves the cleaning column in the paper because she likes organization and a schedule, tries very hard to get Louise's blueberry bushes to look good which are being eaten by gypsy moths
Louise - Stella's great aunt, takes in Stella when she doesn't have anywhere else to go, gets another girl to keep Stella company, gets paid $17 a day to have foster kids, had a bad heart, loved to garden and took special care of her blueberry bushes
Angel - 12 y/o, taken in by Louise as a girl to keep Stella company, crabby all of the time, says it like it is, wants to live with her aunt, who is coming from Portugal to live with her and is just waiting for her aunt to get a house and job so she can be approved to live with her, listens to Portuguese music that is heartbreaking, has never cooked or cleaned before
George Nickerson - 64 y/o, doesn't have kids, sweet, seems to like Louise, responsible for the garbage and mowing the lawn
Treb - George's dog, likes rolling around in dead things
Margot - Stella's mom
Katie Sandpiper - 4 y/o, came with a family who is staying for two weeks, her mom asked Stella to babysit and insisted that Stella take Katie to the beach, Stella had her tingly feeling and got Katie back safely when there was a bad storm, asks Stella and Angel silly questions such as asking them if they have kids

Recurring Themes: beach, vacation, foster homes, family, cleaning, friendship, lying, death, hunger

Controversial Issues:
pg 45 "Kind of a hellion"
pg 46 "darned"
pg 137, pg 143 crap
pg 141 "one had two moms"

Personal Thoughts: I liked this one, but it was super predictable. From the moment I found out that George didn't have kids but always liked them I knew that he would adopt one or both of them. However, I liked the way the the girls relationship changed. Of course, hiding a dead body is crime, but the girls address that.

Genre: Realistic fiction, family drama

Pacing: medium-fast, both action and character development driven but neither one in extreme levels
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  pigeonlover | Jan 1, 2014 |
I thought this book was pretty good. I definitely listened from disc to disc. I was a little skeptical that they wouldn't be discovered earlier, that they were alone. ( )
  scote23 | Dec 26, 2013 |
Very good YA tale of 2 young girls finding family... ( )
  DavidO1103 | Dec 15, 2013 |
A great story for girls by the author of the Clementine books. ( )
  dmiller70 | Jul 27, 2013 |
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Stella loves living with Great-aunt Louise in her big old house near the water 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, kind of unreliable. So while Mom "finds herself," Stella fantasizes that someday she'll come back to the Cape and settle down. The only obstacle 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 other.

But when tragedy unexpectedly strikes, Stella and Angel are forced to rely on each other to survive, and they learn that they are stronger together than they could have imagined. And over the course of the summer they discover the one thing they do have in common: dreams of finally belonging to a real family.
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Stella loves living with Great-aunt Louise in her big old house near the water 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, kind of unreliable. So while Mom "finds herself," Stella fantasizes that someday she'll come back to the Cape and settle down. The only obstacle 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 other.

But when tragedy unexpectedly strikes, Stella and Angel are forced to rely on each other to survive, and they learn that they are stronger together than they could have imagined. And over the course of the summer they discover the one thing they do have in common: dreams of finally belonging to a real family.

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A foster child named Angel and twelve-year-old Stella, who are living with Stella's great-aunt Louise at the Linger Longer Cottage Colony on Cape Cod, secretly assume responsibility for the vacation rentals when Louise unexpectedly dies and the girls are afraid of being returned to the foster care system.… (more)

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