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That Fernhill Summer

by Colby Rodowsky

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A quick and fun read. 13-year-old Kiara finds herself with a bunch of relatives she never knew existed. The mean and evil grandmother reminded me of my own unlamented Great-grandmother. Touches on lots of familial themes- love, loyalty, betrayal, expectations & more. Warmly told and sweet. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374374422, Hardcover)

Kiara Jones-Birkell knows a lot about the Birkell side of her
family, and nothing about the Joneses. The one time she tried
to ask about her mother’s relatives, her mom turned a spooky
greenish-white color and refused to talk to anyone. So it comes
as quite a shock when Kiara learns that the grandmother she
never knew she had is expected to die at any moment.
Suddenly Kiara finds herself on a train heading for Baltimore
– and her mother’s secret past. There she meets Zenobia, the
world’s most stubborn grandmother, who is as eruptive as
Mount Vesuvius. Kiara can’t understand what Zenobia could
possibly have against her – is it simply the fact that her skin is
dark like mocha latte, while all her cousins are white? Or is
there, as Kiara’s mother keeps hinting, much more to the story?

Told from the point of view of a teenager with spot-on
observations and hilarious insights, this is the story of three
generations of stubborn – and charmingly funny – women.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:45 -0400)

Having grown up knowing nothing about her artist mother's estranged family, thirteen-year-old Kiara spends the summer getting acquainted with her cousins and trying to understand her complex and cranky grandmother.

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