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Sand Dollar Summer by Kimberly K. Jones
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Sand Dollar Summer

by Kimberly K. Jones

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Lise is a middle schooler who has struggled to fit in due to her mom’s frequent job changes and subsequent moves. Just as she feels like she is beginning to fit it, her life changes unexpectedly when her single mother is severely injured in a car accident. To recuperate after the accident, Lise’s mother moves the family back to her hometown on the Maine coast. This move is complicated by Lise feelings of anger toward her mother for suddenly becoming less self sufficient, confusion over her father’s absence, Lise’s brother’s unwillingness to speak, and Lise’s coming to terms with her own feelings. Her journey is both buoyed and complicated by the influence of two local residents. ( )
  JenniferLSimpson | Apr 11, 2017 |
This is the story of one family's unforgettable summer.
  MerrittGibsonLibrary | Jun 23, 2016 |
Lise, a 12 year girl's life is turned upside down when her mother is seriously injured in a car accident. Her mother rents a house on the beach on a small island in Maine to recuperate in. ( )
  dianecaesar | Feb 16, 2012 |
Sand Dollar Summer is an amazing realistic fiction book! It is about a twelve year old girl named Lise. Her world starts to crumble when something terrible happens to one of her loved ones. To recover, Lise, her little brother Free and their mother go to a little house on the beach for the summer. Lise wonders why her mother is changing just by being in Maine. She also has to overcome her fears of the ocean and learn to live there. I liked how the end was a huge surprise. The book was well written. It had lots of suspense, I didn’t want to put the book down. The message of this book is that there is more to life then shopping and her friends, but that she has a loving family who truly cares about her. I think that any middle school student would enjoy reading this book. If you want a good book, read Sand Dollar Summer. ( )
  RobisonLA | May 5, 2011 |
Loved it. Quick read. The main character is absolutely worth rooting for and the story line unfolds nicely. Great read for any middle school student. ( )
  hoganedix | Aug 23, 2010 |
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When twelve-year-old Lise spends the summer on an island in Maine with her self-reliant mother and bright--but oddly mute--younger brother, her formerly safe world is complicated by an aged Indian neighbor, her mother's childhood friend, and a hurricane.… (more)

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