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The Summer of the Pike by Jutta Richter

The Summer of the Pike

by Jutta Richter

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Brother's Daniel and Lucas and their friend Anna all live on the grounds of a German castle. The boys spend their days fishing in hopes of catching the legendary pike in the castle moat. Meanwhile, Anna notices the boys' mother, Gisella, is losing her hair and is ill in bed constantly. Unbeknownst to the boys, Gisella is dying of cancer. Anna's mother confides in her; meanwhile, as the boys are losing their mother, Anna longs for some affection from her own mother who spends long hours with Gisella. As seen through Anna's eyes, the reader experiences friendship, illness, growing up and death. It is a great book for the older elementary reader or young adult reader. ( )
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Anna, Daniel, and Lucas seem to be living a dream. While their parents take care of a castle, they have the run of the grounds and the beautiful surrounding countryside. Their only concern is how best to catch the mysterious pike that lurks in the deep water of the moat. But when Daniel and Lucas’s mother first begins to seem tired all the time, and then loses her hair, Anna wonders what is going on. It is cancer, she is told, but Daniel and Lucas must not know. As the summer days grow shorter and the colors of the fields and flowers change, the boys eventually learn of their mother’s illness. Daniel becomes convinced that catching the pike will bring luck — that it might even cure his mother. But as her condition worsens, these three true friends can only wish that they could stop the destructive march of time. Jutta Richter’s powerful prose makes this sensitive story set during a summer idyll an unforgettable one.

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Three children who live on the grounds of a German castle spend the summer trying to catch a pike trapped in the moat, while the mother of two of the children is slowly dying of cancer.

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