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Bird Lake Moon

by Kevin Henkes

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Narrated by Oliver Wyman. Author Kevin Henkes has a lock on the inner emotional world of children. A quiet, inner-directed story. Unfortunately, the voices Wyman gave the adult women made them sound like ditzy girls. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
BORING! This is the description for the book.
Spencer thought the house might be haunted. Mitch knew it wasn't. And he knew why. The whole time Spencer and Mitch hung out together at Bird Lake that summer, there were secrets keeping them apart. And maybe a secret knowledge keeping them together, too--together like members of the same tribe. Like friends.
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  Don_Mega | Dec 18, 2015 |
Mitch Sinclair's father left the family for another woman, so Mitch and his mother go to her parents' house on Bird Lake to heal. Spencer Stone's family goes to their vacation house on Bird Lake for the first time since Spencer's older brother, Matty, drowned in the lake eight years ago. There are funny misunderstandings between Mitch and Spencer before they even meet, and I thought it was going to build up into something more. The climax was a little disappointing, but the overall message of the book that things will work out in the end was well done, not over-the-top or sticky sweet. ( )
  howifeelaboutbooks | Nov 4, 2015 |
Birk Lake Moon is the story of two boys and the summer they spent next door to each other at Bird Lake.  Mitch Sinclair is living with his rather rigid, not much fun, grandparents while his mother recovers from the trauma of her husband (Mitch's father) having just walked out on them to take up life with a younger girl-friend. No one seems to catch on that Mitch is grieving also. Spencer Stone arrives at his family's lake house several days after Mitch.  The Stones have owned the house for years, but have not returned for about 10 years since Mitch's little brother drowned there.  Spencer's parents aren't sure they can handle the memory, but want to try.  Spencer's little sister provides some delightful and typical little sister humor to the story.

The two boys meet, take a bit of time to decide whether to be friends, and discover that grief and loneliness is better handled with friends to help.   It's a beautiful book, written with great insight into the emotions young people often try to handle without the help of adults who may be too busy handling their own problems.  I think today's adults, both teen aged and older would enjoy this short but stunning novel. ( )
  tututhefirst | Mar 10, 2014 |
Mitch and Spencer both struggle with personal and family issues in their side-by-side houses at the lake. Henkes' mastery of language and story draws you in and holds you till the end. A quiet story with enough action to hold interest. ( )
  lindap69 | Apr 5, 2013 |
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Mitch Sinclair was slowly taking over the hosue, staking his claim. He had just finished carving his initials into the underside of the wooden porch railing, which was his boldest move so far.
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After taking a deep breath, Mitch flipped to a blank page in his notebook. It would be like jumping into the lake first thing in the morning.
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There are ghosts at Bird Lake, and they're haunting Mitch Sinclair and Spencer Stone. Not the Halloween kind, but ghosts of the past. Memories of how life was before—before the divorce, before the accident. Can their ghosts bring Mitch and Spencer together, as friends? Or will their secrets keep them apart?

Either way, it is a summer that neither Mitch nor Spencer will ever forget.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061470767, Hardcover)

Spencer thought the house might be haunted.

Mitch knew it wasn't. And he knew why.

The whole time Spencer and Mitch hung out together at Bird Lake that summer, there were secrets keeping them apart.

And maybe a secret knowledge keeping them together, too—together like members of the same tribe. Like friends.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:40 -0400)

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Twelve-year-old Mitch and his mother are spending the summer with his grandparents at Bird Lake after his parents separate, and ten-year-old Spencer and his family have returned to the lake where Spencer's little brother drowned long ago, and as the boys become friends and spend time together, each of them begins to heal.… (more)

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