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Junonia by Kevin Henkes
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Junonia (edition 2012)

by Kevin Henkes (Author)

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The week of her tenth birthday, Alice and her parents go to Sanibel Island, Florida, just as they do every year, but this time some of the people who are always there are missing and some new people have come, which unsettles Alice, who wants things to be exactly the same as they alway are.
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Title:Junonia
Authors:Kevin Henkes (Author)
Info:Greenwillow Books (2012), Edition: Illustrated, 192 pages
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There is something about Kevin Henkes novels that I can't quite put my finger on... but I think if I read one without knowing who wrote it, I would be able to identify it as his. The main thing I think is that he is a master of expressing the emotions of children. How they feel. What sparks those feelings. The other thing is that his books are never highly plot-driven. It's more like we just step in and see a segment of the protagonist's life. There is a starting point and and ending point, but the books always seem to be much more about the way the main character feels and interacts with others than it is about plot elements.
In Junonia, Alice (9, turning 10 during the book) goes with her parents on an annual vacation to a beach in Florida. When she gets there, she finds that several of the things she looks forward to every year will be different (or non existent) this year. A new girl, several years younger shows up, and Alice must deal with her too. The book is about all of these things, but what it is really about is how Alice feels and reacts to things.
It is a lovely book. ( )
  fingerpost | Apr 12, 2018 |
Kevin Henkes novels always have that quiet thoughtfulness about them. Alice and her parents set off for their annual Florida vacation and on this trip she looks forward to turning 10. But the trip isn't exactly as she anticipated when some of her favorite people don't show up, and Aunt Kate's new boyfriend and his daughter Mallory upset the expected dynamic. This is about growing up and learning to deal with the disappointments of life. And being 10, she's on the cusp of realizing life isn't always going to be what you expect or want. It's a pretty deep message once you think about it. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a rich, beautiful story. The descriptions draw you into the story as if you're standing right there with Alice. It is a quiet book that won't appeal to all readers, but don't mistake it for a "girl book." Alice's thoughts and emotions are universal. This has the potential to be a comfort book for preteens.

Pros: Vivid descriptions and a realistic cast make for an engaging summer vacation read. This could be particularly powerful for kids who struggle with change. Alice offers a road map that might help.

To read our full review, go to The Reading Tub®.
  TheReadingTub | Jan 12, 2015 |
Beautifully written. ( )
  Nancy.Castaldo | Nov 3, 2014 |
A girl is excited to be on her way to her family's annual beach vacation spot in Florida where everything stays the same. She is determined to find the special Junonia shell this time. When they arrive there are changes of plans and the dynamic of the vacation is changed. An introspective book that delves into how she manages each internal struggle. The setting makes you feel as if you are on the beach with her. ( )
  Scottid | Jun 9, 2013 |
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For Laura, Will, Clara, Susan, Anne, Jane, and Bob- thinking of, and remembering, Florida
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When Alice Rice and her parents were halfway across the bridge, Alice felt strange.
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The week of her tenth birthday, Alice and her parents go to Sanibel Island, Florida, just as they do every year, but this time some of the people who are always there are missing and some new people have come, which unsettles Alice, who wants things to be exactly the same as they alway are.

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