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The Mending Summer



by
Ali Standish

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Harper
ISBN
9780062985651
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse , Language: Mild Language , Language: Infrequent Use
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PG Middle Plus

From the award-winning author of The Ethan I Was Before comes a stunning middle grade stand-alone for fans of Wishtree by Katherine Applegate! Perfect for summer reading, it’s the story of a girl who, to avoid her alcoholic father, is sent away to her mysterious great aunt's country house, where she finds a magical wishing lake and the courage to mend her heart back together.

Some summers are just meant to break your heart.

Georgia can almost feel hers cracking a little more every day, like a clay pot left in a kiln too long. Daddy is working nights, and often the man who comes home isn’t Daddy. He’s a man who looks like Daddy but walks a little wobbly. He’s the man Daddy turns into when he drinks—the Shadow Man.

With Daddy sinking deeper into alcoholism and Mama struggling to keep the family afloat, Georgia is sent to stay with her mysterious great aunt in her rambling old country house. Soon Georgia meets Angela—a girl with secrets of her own—and together they discover a magical lake. At first, the lake offers Georgia thrilling adventures with her new friend. But as things grow worse at home, the magic threatens to spiral out of control. . . .

Award-winning author Ali Standish explores the courage it takes to piece your heart back together when those closest to you break it, and the ways we keep the light of hope burning, even through our darkest hours.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse , Language: Mild Language , Language: Infrequent Use

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

368

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Sep 2021

Book Genres

Magical Realism

Topics

Friendship. Family life. Great-aunts. Alcoholism. Wishes. Lakes. Magic. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-7–Georgia’s daddy has always been the person she looked up to most, the person who could make any bad day better, and the person she felt safest with. But Daddy is slowly being replaced by someone different, the Shadow Man, who comes home late (if at all), talks a little too loud, walks a little too wobbly, and smells a little too sour. So when her mama drives her to her great-aunt Marigold’s country house, where she’ll be spending the summer, Georgia knows exactly why. But Aunt Marigold’s place is full of surprises, and so are the woods that surround it. When Georgia discovers a very special lake and makes a new friend, she discovers that magic is real and wishes can come true, but sometimes you have to work hard to make those wishes happen. Standish has created a timeless tale of discovery, growth, and relationships. Her portrayal of a child learning what it means to have an alcoholic family member is both heartrending and resonant, illustrating that parents can’t always live up to young people’s expectations. Georgia’s struggle with her own emotions is brilliantly conveyed; the highlight of the book is Georgia’s growth in her ­understanding of her own feelings and those of the people around her. Most characters are cued as white. ­VERDICT A powerful story about an important topic. Recommended for all ­libraries serving middle grade readers.–Mariah Smitala, Hedberg P.L., Janesville, WI

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-7–Georgia’s daddy has always been the person she looked up to most, the person who could make any bad day better, and the person she felt safest with. But Daddy is slowly being replaced by someone different, the Shadow Man, who comes home late (if at all), talks a little too loud, walks a little too wobbly, and smells a little too sour. So when her mama drives her to her great-aunt Marigold’s country house, where she’ll be spending the summer, Georgia knows exactly why. But Aunt Marigold’s place is full of surprises, and so are the woods that surround it. When Georgia discovers a very special lake and makes a new friend, she discovers that magic is real and wishes can come true, but sometimes you have to work hard to make those wishes happen. Standish has created a timeless tale of discovery, growth, and relationships. Her portrayal of a child learning what it means to have an alcoholic family member is both heartrending and resonant, illustrating that parents can’t always live up to young people’s expectations. Georgia’s struggle with her own emotions is brilliantly conveyed; the highlight of the book is Georgia’s growth in her ­understanding of her own feelings and those of the people around her. Most characters are cued as white. ­VERDICT A powerful story about an important topic. Recommended for all ­libraries serving middle grade readers.–Mariah Smitala, Hedberg P.L., Janesville, WI

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