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Summer of Brave



by
Amy Noelle Parks

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Albert Whitman
Imprint
Print
ISBN
9780807576601
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Sexual Content: Sexual Harassment , Discrimination: Sexism
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Twelve-year-old Lilla Baxter-Willoughby doesn’t lie. She’s just a little bit…selective. To keep her parents happy, Lilla hides how much she hates moving back and forth between their houses, and she stomps down her doubts about that elite high school they’re pushing her toward. To keep peace with her best friend Vivi, Lilla doesn’t share that she got the junior camp counselor job that Vivi wanted. And even though—no, especially because—he seems into it, Lilla does not tell the boy she grew up with about all the little sparks that flared up inside her the day she noticed his Suddenly Adorable Freckles. So when Vivi dares Lilla to start telling the truth as part of their Summer of Brave, Lilla hesitates. Because if she says out loud what she really wants, her whole life might crash down around her. And she doesn't need that. Except maybe she does.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Sexual Content: Sexual Harassment , Discrimination: Sexism

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

240

Trim Size

8" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

3.9: points 7

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

May 2021

Book Genres

Fiction

Topics

Best friends. Friendship. Interpersonal relations. Divorce. Crushes. Sexual harassment. School choice. Anxiety.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 5-8–Lilla and her friends Vivi and Knox make a fun Summer Wish every year. This year, however, Vivi’s wish for the summer is for Knox and Lilla to be brave. More specifically, she wishes that Lilla would tell the truth, even when it makes people unhappy. Lilla has been hiding her true feelings for too long now, and the thought of opening up to her parents about her reactions to their divorce and living arrangement, their dreams for her in high school, and even to her own best friends is scary. This summer between seventh and eighth grade is a big turning point for her, though, and she needs to make her needs known before others make decisions for her that will make her unhappy. Lilla and her friends live in a unique setting with a university campus as their playground (based on the author’s own upbringing), and while the novel starts out as a friendship and family story, it takes a strong turn midway through to address street harassment and standing up to people who make work and other situations feel scarier than they should. This story line adds depth and allows Lilla to shine through and grow as a character while providing an excellent example for middle grade readers of how to speak up when that is the scariest thing imaginable. This book would pair nicely with Barbara Dee’s Maybe He Just Likes You—both make the topic of sexual harassment accessible and empowering for middle schoolers. ­VERDICT A first purchase for middle grade collections as well as book clubs for this age range.–Kate Olson, Southern Bluffs Elem. Sch., La Crosse, WI

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 5-8–Lilla and her friends Vivi and Knox make a fun Summer Wish every year. This year, however, Vivi’s wish for the summer is for Knox and Lilla to be brave. More specifically, she wishes that Lilla would tell the truth, even when it makes people unhappy. Lilla has been hiding her true feelings for too long now, and the thought of opening up to her parents about her reactions to their divorce and living arrangement, their dreams for her in high school, and even to her own best friends is scary. This summer between seventh and eighth grade is a big turning point for her, though, and she needs to make her needs known before others make decisions for her that will make her unhappy. Lilla and her friends live in a unique setting with a university campus as their playground (based on the author’s own upbringing), and while the novel starts out as a friendship and family story, it takes a strong turn midway through to address street harassment and standing up to people who make work and other situations feel scarier than they should. This story line adds depth and allows Lilla to shine through and grow as a character while providing an excellent example for middle grade readers of how to speak up when that is the scariest thing imaginable. This book would pair nicely with Barbara Dee’s Maybe He Just Likes You—both make the topic of sexual harassment accessible and empowering for middle schoolers. ­VERDICT A first purchase for middle grade collections as well as book clubs for this age range.–Kate Olson, Southern Bluffs Elem. Sch., La Crosse, WI

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