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Summer of the Gypsy Moths

Summer of the Gypsy Moths Stella loves living with Great aunt Louise in her big old house near the water on Cape Cod for many reasons but mostly because Louise likes routine as much as she does something Stella appreciates s

  • Title: Summer of the Gypsy Moths
  • Author: Sara Pennypacker
  • ISBN: 9780061964206
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Stella loves living with Great aunt Louise in her big old house near the water on Cape Cod for many reasons, but mostly because Louise likes routine as much as she does, something Stella appreciates since her mom is, well, kind of unreliable So while Mom finds herself, Stella fantasizes that someday she ll come back to the Cape and settle down The only obstacle to herStella loves living with Great aunt Louise in her big old house near the water on Cape Cod for many reasons, but mostly because Louise likes routine as much as she does, something Stella appreciates since her mom is, well, kind of unreliable So while Mom finds herself, Stella fantasizes that someday she ll come back to the Cape and settle down The only obstacle to her plan Angel, the foster kid Louise has taken in Angel couldn t be less like her name she s tough and prickly, and the girls hardly speak to each other.But when tragedy unexpectedly strikes, Stella and Angel are forced to rely on each other to survive, and they learn that they are stronger together than they could have imagined And over the course of the summer they discover the one thing they do have in common dreams of finally belonging to a real family.

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    1. This was quite profound and impressive for a middle grade novel, and despite its juvenile target, it's a book that can be enjoyed by all ages, particularly the author's remarkable depiction of Cape Cod and also the heavy underlying themes.

    2. As a librarian I'm always on the lookout for good middle grade books I can booktalk to kids. Often you don't need an exciting cover or title to sell a book to kids. Heck, sometimes you don't even need to show the book at all. Yet in the case of Sara Pennypacker's debut middle grade novel Summer of the Gypsy Moths I fully intend to show the cover off. There you see two happy girls on a seashore on a beautiful summer's day. What could be more idyllic? I'll show the kids the cover then start right [...]

    3. Suppose I told you that there was a book out this year in which a pair of 11-year-old girls find their foster parent dead, and then elect to bury her in the backyard and continue on with their lives. Who would you think had written such a book? Jack Gantos? Polly Horvath? Roald Dahl, in a long-lost manuscript only recently rediscovered? What if I told you that it was actually by Sara Pennypacker, the author of Clementine, and that instead of being a black comedy, or a surreal, Daniel Pinkwater-s [...]

    4. I started this a while ago and put it down when it seemed to be headed in a direction that didn't work for me. Then a friend on an award committee asked me to read it so now I have. I can certainly see kids who like a certain sort of realistic novel (Rules, So.B. It) enjoying this one. I did as it has some very nice touches --- the development of each girl's backstory, some very lyrical writing, and a lovely setting. But my reading was always compromised by the fact that I still found the situat [...]

    5. So many readers have already written reviews of this book that I want to add just a few comments. Those who find the basic situation hard to believe may not be aware of just how desperate kids can become and how clever and independent they can be. Most middle class children have closely supervised lives, but many poor or neglected children slip through the adult net and function basically on their own, using their wits. So I had no problem with the idea of two girls doing what these two did. In [...]

    6. THREE WORDS: A Stunning SurpriseMY REVIEW: Sara Pennypacker’s Summer of the Gypsy Moths surprised me in the most delicious way! Surprised me with its poignancy, humor, beauty and, most of all, with the way its story gripped my heart and still hasn’t let go.Eleven year old Stella, armed with her collected household hints from infamous Heloise, loves order and rules, which is why she likes living with her great-aunt Louise on Cape Cod. After Stella’s grandmother dies, her flighty mother aban [...]

    7. A show-stopper! I think everyone who reads 20 pages into this book would be completely immersed. While it certainly is a bit harrowing, I think it is harrowing done right. Adolescent books can be so important in providing perspective and helping children navigate difficult life concepts. All children eventually need to learn about the unsettling themes in this book, and what better place to vicariously navigate those themes than in a beautifully written, well-crafted book? The shock value alone [...]

    8. If you like a character-driven story then you can savor this emotional waltz through the eyes of Stella. If you are more of a shake 'n shimmy type person, then you might want a little more action. Personally? I'm a shimmy up the tree type person but I found the plot intriguing enough to suck me in from start to finish.Eleven-year-old Stella likes rules and cleanliness. They give order to a not so orderly life. Her mother can't take care of her. Shoot. Her mother can't even take care of herself [...]

    9. An uncomfortable premise to an enjoyable read.The hidden parts do not contain any true spoilers and the major event I refer to happens within the first few pages. But to be kind to those who hate knowing any plot points in a book. (view spoiler)[After being abandoned by her mom, 12-year-old Stella has been living with Great Aunt Louise and Angel, Louise's other foster child. Then Louise goes and dies and Stella and Angel spend the summer trying to deal with those consequences.When I discuss chil [...]

    10. I've read a lot of reviews for this book, and while it's loved by many, I've seen the criticism that you have to suspend disbelief far too much to accept the story. I sat and thought about it a long time after finishing the story, and realize that it's the adults who take issue with the book, perhaps because no one wants to think that children could be left this neglected, be this independent so long without anyone noticing at all. The fact is, it happens. It HAS happened that children have been [...]

    11. I found myself enjoying this more than I thought I would, given the weird premise. Two young girls, trying (fairly successfully) to hide the fact that they are on their own for a summer. Stella is living in her great-aunt's house on Cape Cod, with Angel, a foster child. As one would expect, at first they don't get along, but then have to work together to pull off their plan. The strongest point for me was Stella's thoughtfulness -- she's a practical kid, yet musing at the same time. I loved her [...]

    12. Really liked the story of Stella, an almost-twelve-year-old who is living with her great-aunt Louise in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and the not-so-friendly Angel, a twelve-year-old foster girl living with Louise. With neither of them having much family, when Louise dies in her reclining chair one day, Stella and Angel decide to take care of themselves rather than face foster care. Lovely, well-written, thoughtful.

    13. Summer of the Gypsy Moths is the new book from author Sara Pennypacker, who writes the Clementine books. This book ended up being somewhat irresistible if a bit imperfect.Synopsis: Stella loves living with Great-aunt Louise in her big old house near the water on Cape Cod for many reasons, but mostly because Louise likes routine as much as she does, something Stella appreciates since her mom is, well, kind of unreliable. So while Mom "finds herself," Stella fantasizes that someday she'll come bac [...]

    14. I was mightily surprised by Summer of the Gypsy Moths. I am not familiar with Gypsy Moths and so the title actually put me off a little. I heartily enjoy Sara Pennypacker's Clementine series and so I was willing to give this one a try due to the author.The main character is 11-year-old Stella. Stella has come to live with her great-aunt after being removed by Child Services from her mother's care. Stella's mother has a history of being unable or unwilling to take care of her daughter. Now that h [...]

    15. Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker is the story of foster child Angel, and twelve year old Stella, who are living with Stella's great aunt Louise by the Linger Longer Cottage Colony on Cape Cod, who secretly assume responibility for the vacation rentals when Louise unexpectedly dies, and the girls are afraid of returning to the foster care system. (Publisher summary) The cover, which I really like, belies the sudden turn of fate that moves the story along into its themes of broken fam [...]

    16. Summer of the Gypsy Moths was not what I was expecting from the author of the charming Clementine series. The title and cover implied, at least to me, a similarly innocent type of story but that didn't turn out to be the case.Two girls who have been abandoned by their mothers are living with "Aunt Louise" as her foster kids, although one of them is actually her great niece. One day Louise unexpectedly dies of what is probably a heart attack, and the girls, reluctant to go back into the foster ca [...]

    17. Stella's mother is unreliable, so she is left in the care of her great aunt, Louise, who has also taken in a foster child, Angel. Neither Stella nor Angel are terribly thrilled to be living with Louise, but when she passes away, the girls both know that if they tell the authorities, they will go to other foster families. They decide to try to stay on their own, taking care of four summer cottages with the help of George, a neighbor and friend. There is the small problem of what to do about Louis [...]

    18. As reviewed in my daily blog, Another Day Goes Bu Tomorrow, children's author Sara Pennypacker, will be doing a signing at Titcomb's Bookshop here in Sandwich, at 4pm. She will be introducing her latest middle grade novel, The Summer of the Gypsy Moth, so yesterday I downloaded and read the book. I absolutely loved it. Once again Pennypacker masters the art of weaving internal and external conflict and takes her characters on a journey of change and growth. Pennypacker tells the story of two twe [...]

    19. Floated as a potential Newbery winner for 2013, this book does not disappoint.It is yet another YA book dealing with the subject of children wise way beyond their years because of situations life has dealt them.Stella's mother is unpredictable. Parenthood is not a concept or reality her mind can comprehend. Leaving Stella alone, without supervision or food, is a common occurrence. Making empty promises that sound convincing, sooner than later prove unfounded and hurtful.When the authorities inte [...]

    20. I was honestly a little shocked by the direction this book took. Shocked, a little grossed out, and kind of disbelieving. Two young girls make a wild decision to take charge of their lives when tragedy befalls their caregiver. Can you guess what happens?Stella and Angel's emotional lives were very well written and the story was moving, but I really couldn't get over the strangeness of what they did and how hard Pennypacker had to work to make it okay for the reader. Eventually the story moves on [...]

    21. What is it like to not have caring parents in your life? Stella is living with her great aunt Louise at a Cape Cod cottage colony/resort where they are the caretakers. Angel is also an unwanted girl about Stella's age. They mix together like oil and water, until Louise is found dead in her chair one day after the girls get home from school. Together the girls decide to bury Louise in the garden, and take care of the small resort so they don't go back into the foster care system. George who is th [...]

    22. I totally judged this book by the cover. I thought it would be a light, summery read, something akin to The Penderwicks (who I miss and might just need to revisit). Plus Pennypacker writes those great Clementine books. Well, I was a little off. Stella and Angel, two girls with family problems of their own, find themselves living in a Cape Cod house with Louise, Stella's great-aunt. The summer is about to begin andwait for it. Louise dies. And the girls decide to not tell, bury her in the garden, [...]

    23. Well this was just wonderful. Second book in a row where a child's mother has abandoned her and would you believe it was just coincidental timing? While both this and Love Aubrey involved dead relatives and abandoning mothers, I found this less sad. I was most drawn to the idea of the two kids getting away with no adults finding out great-aunt Louise had died. I always loved stories like this-The Beniker Gang, anyone? (based on the book Dear Lola) I thought the Cape Cod setting was great and lov [...]

    24. I might have liked this okay if it didn't feel so very heavy doughy or leaden comes to mind. There's no levity, and a surprising lack of sense of adventure. Usually I eat up "kids keeping house" books with a spoon. But in this, Stella's love of housekeeping/cleaning is pretty obviously pathological, which takes all the fun out of it.As a Newbery possibility--I don't think so.The subjects do not come to life as they have in Pennypacker's other books. The setting is certainly well done. The plot r [...]

    25. Basically yet another MG novel featuring a plucky slightly quirky girl who has been a abandoned by parent(s) and is searching for home and community. Sara Pennypacker is a good writer so it is well written, but nothing new is explored that hasn't already been done and done again and then done some more in the genre. The voice of the novel is extremely introspective and I found myself getting bored in several places. Also there is a serious issue with the entire concept and its plausibility that [...]

    26. I had a hard time getting through this book. If it weren't for the interesting relationships in the story, I probably would have stopped reading it. But I wanted to see how they resolved some issues so I kept at it. I definitely think this novel is more suited for upper elementary and 6th grade. I have a hard time selling this to students, especially in 7th and 8th grade. With the death of Louise and foster family aspect, I can see some students being interested. That's why I'm only giving this [...]

    27. This is a heart book. I love it deeply, probably because I relate far too much to Stella, who believes in the healing power of housekeeping and is a studious rule follower and because it is packed full of one of my favorite types of description: everyday domestic detail, especially as it pertains to cleaning and eating. Stella's voice is real and true and brought me to tears more than once. My new favorite for the Newbery, in a year already stuffed with juvenile literary goodness!

    28. This is another 4.5! I knew what this book was really about before going in (not what the cover suggests, right?) and so I wasn't surprised by what happens. I was impressed with how well this book was done and how different it is from the Clementine series, but still so darn good. I have to say that every child fantasizes about being on their own and the author does a great job making it seem both fun and miserable/lonely.

    29. Sara Pennypacker is a great writer and this mid-grade novel is filled with lovely moments. Two 12-year-old girls spend the summer alone finding their way and finding out that they can be friends. My only problem is that the books begins with a death and a backyard burial. I had a hard time suspending my disbelief. I just couldn't imagine the girls pulling that off. That said, I think this one is worth reading.

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