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Kid Konnection: Summer of the Gypsy Moths

September 21, 2013

Summer of the Gypsy Moths

Stella is sent to live with her Great Aunt Louise and Angel, a foster child her aunt has taken in, while her mother tries to get it together.  Stella likes her aunt and likes living on Cape Cod but she and Angel don’t care for each other at all.  It doesn’t really matter, though, because Stella is sure her mother will show up for her soon.

When Louise dies unexpectedly, Stella and Angel learn to work together and discover they’re not so different after all.  In the end, they both want the same thing – to make a home with people they love.

I’ve enjoyed Sara Pennypacker‘s Clementine books in the past so was excited to give her latest book, Summer of the Gypsy Moths a try and, boy, am I glad I did!  It’s the story of two young girls yearning for a family and it is full of hope and love.  Louise’s death forces the girls to band together and really get to know each other for the first time.  They discover that, as different as they are, they have a lot in common.  They don’t always agree but they learn to get along and respect each other.

I don’t want to say too much about the plot but Stella and Angel make a poor decision shortly after Louise passes away. They work hard, though, and make a lot of friends along the way.   Those friends come to their rescue when they really need them.  There were some humorous moments because of that poor decision and I think young readers will be completely hooked when they read about it – I know I was!

I thoroughly enjoyed Summer of the Gypsy Moths and loved the way Pennypacker included some lighthearted moments in a book that explores some serious topics like friendship, loyalty, and what constitutes a family.  The audio version of the book is wonderfully narrated by Jenna Lamia, is on 5 CDs, and lasts approximately 6 and a half hours.

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For more children’s books reviews, go to Booking Mama’s feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
14 Comments leave one →
  1. September 21, 2013 5:53 am

    This seems exactly like the kind of book I like!

  2. sandynawrot permalink
    September 21, 2013 7:07 am

    Jenna Lamia has been a very busy narrator, which is good for us because I’ve yet to hear her utter a word that is anything but charming. This sounds like a great story!

  3. September 21, 2013 9:53 am

    As a foster parent myself, I’m always interested in reading books about foster children. This sounds like a great one – thanks for the review!

  4. talesofwhimsy permalink
    September 21, 2013 10:12 am

    Sounds great.

  5. September 21, 2013 11:47 am

    I agree with you on this book. It’s so good. I read it a few years ago and wanted to give it to every middle grade girl I knew.

  6. September 21, 2013 4:26 pm

    Sounds like a book my granddaughter would like.

  7. Patty permalink
    September 21, 2013 5:13 pm

    It sounds sweet, sad and lovely!

  8. September 21, 2013 7:45 pm

    It sounds like a very good story, Kathy! I’m glad you enjoyed this audiobook.

  9. September 22, 2013 6:06 am

    Sounds like such a beautiful story–one I would have loved as a child and one I hope my girls will love.

  10. September 22, 2013 1:35 pm

    I just loved this book — and listened to the audiobook too. And, yes, I laughed at some of the predicaments the girls found themselves in.

  11. lab1990 permalink
    September 22, 2013 2:31 pm

    Sounds like a very important book that is written well!

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  12. September 22, 2013 10:00 pm

    I need to start participating in this again. I always love the recommendations. Life has totally gotten away from me!

  13. September 23, 2013 1:29 pm

    I like Jenna Lamia- I’ll have to check out this audio sometime. Thanks for the rec!

  14. September 27, 2013 8:11 am

    I had absolutely no idea that this author wrote anything besides Clementine!

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