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Review: Summer on the Short Bus

March 6, 2015

Summer on the Short Bus

Seventeen year old Cricket’s dad has decided he’s had enough after she throws a party in their stables.  Instead of spending the summer in Hawaii with her friends, her dad decides she’s going to be a counselor at Camp I Can – a camp for kids with special needs.

Cricket is not happy about being at the camp and is trying to figure out how to get out of there as quickly as possible, but, before she knows what’s happened, the campers and other counselors have gotten under her skin.

Summer on the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell is pretty predictable, but it’s got such a great message, it doesn’t matter – I thought it was just terrific.  Cricket comes from a privileged background and it shows – she acts entitled and has no focus.  When she pushes her dad to the limit, he decides it’s time to teach her a thing or two about hard work and compassion.

The story is told with humor and honesty and has a little romance and mystery thrown in so there’s something for everyone.  It gets a great message across without feeling preachy and is just snarky enough to keep teens’ attention  There is some mild language in this book so I’d recommend it to older YA readers.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday 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 Running Press.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
14 Comments leave one →
  1. March 6, 2015 6:48 am

    I love watching movies with plots like this book’s. I am not too much a fan of reading about it though, just because it is generally predictable. Still, sounds like a great book for young readers.

  2. March 6, 2015 11:50 am

    I am all about the snark! I have to look for this one, this is the second positive review I have seen on it!

  3. March 6, 2015 12:01 pm

    It sounds predictable but sometimes that’s not so bad!

  4. Patty permalink
    March 6, 2015 12:14 pm

    Love the sound of this one!

  5. March 6, 2015 2:28 pm

    Sounds like a good book to teach today’s youth about compassion and hard work.

  6. March 6, 2015 3:36 pm

    Terrific review, Kathy! I will keep this book in mind.

  7. March 6, 2015 4:24 pm

    Not for me, but sounds good 🙂

  8. March 6, 2015 8:30 pm

    Sounds like a great book for teens.

  9. Diane permalink
    March 6, 2015 8:34 pm

    It sounds like a book that sends a message as well.

  10. March 6, 2015 11:35 pm

    Looks like it could be good but I’m not sure about the title.

  11. March 7, 2015 12:20 am

    Snark is good in a book like this – it sounds like a fun read!

  12. Literary Feline permalink
    March 10, 2015 3:23 pm

    I agree with what others have said. Snark seems to fit in well with books like this. I like the sound of this one!

  13. March 12, 2015 10:52 pm

    I am liking the sound of this one, too! I would love to read it. This is such an important topic and I’m glad it’s been addressed in a fun and engaging way.

  14. bookingmama permalink
    March 24, 2015 8:45 pm

    This was a fun one. I agree that it was predictable but still had great messages.

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