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Bittersweet Summer
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Bittersweet Summer
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Summer's not as sweet as I thought it would be. In fact, it's pretty strange.

My best friend is away on vacation, Dad says we might have to move to the city, and my next-door neighbor Claire is scheming to make our teacher Ms. Morgan her new mom! And then my mom is coming to town with her country music show. Will she ever want to come home and live with us again?

Summer's not as sweet as I thought it would be. In fact, it's pretty strange.

My best friend is away on vacation, Dad says we might have to move to the city, and my next-door neighbor Claire is scheming to make our teacher Ms. Morgan her new mom! And then my mom is coming to town with her country music show. Will she ever want to come home and live with us again?

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  • ATOS:
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  • Lexile:
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  • Text Difficulty:
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About the Author-
  • Anne Warren Smith grew up in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. She spends her winters in Tucson, Arizona, and lives the rest of the year in Corvallis, Oregon. She has written two previous novels about Katie Jordan, Turkey Monster Thanksgiving and Tails of Spring Break. Visit Anne on the Web at annewarrensmith.com.

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  • Kirkus

    January 15, 2012
    With her best friend away on vacation, her motherless, not-so-great friend Claire scheming to have their fourth-grade teacher, Ms. Morgan, marry her widowed father and her own mother putting her singing career above parenting, Katie's summer is looking to be more bitter than sweet. Katie's 5-year-old brother Tyler desperately misses their mother, who's permanently on tour and "seriously divorced," and their father, loving as he is, can't quite fill the void. On top of all her other difficulties, Katie learns that they may have to move before the summer ends. Although perfectionist Claire is entirely deserving of Ms. Morgan as a new mother, Katie is reluctant to promote matchmaking schemes, since she can easily imagine Ms. Morgan as her new mother instead. Third in a series, this effort makes reference to the other works (Tails of Spring Break, 2005, etc.) but nonetheless stands alone well. Katie's first-person voice feels fresh and authentic. Her yearning--for a real mother and to not move--juxtaposed against Tyler's poignant pathos, as he only checks out library books about babies and their mothers, builds "MOTHER-mouse caves" for pretend baby mice and confronts his wayward mom while she's onstage, all add rich emotional depth to this tender, believable middle-grade book. This satisfying novel is recommended for its realistic situations and nicely drawn, eminently human characters. (Fiction. 7-10)

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  • School Library Journal

    March 1, 2012

    Gr 3-5-This sequel to Turkey Monster Thanksgiving (2003) and Tales of Spring Break (2005, both Albert Whitman) continues the story of nine-year-old Katie Jordan; her younger brother, Tyler; and her devoted (if slightly overwhelmed by single parenthood) father. Katie's best friend has left for the summer, leaving her with scheming Claire Plummer, a sometimes-friend from across the street. Claire is conspiring to fix up their former fourth-grade teacher with her widowed father. Katie is not convinced that this is the best plan, especially since she would like to see Ms. Morgan become her new mother, as her own mother has abandoned the family to pursue a music career. Even worse, Katie's father has broken the news that they might be moving before the summer is out. Written in Katie's voice, this book, which stands on its own, paints a believable portrait of the child's concerns. Featuring two single fathers in very different situations, the author handles the new realities of modern families with a skillful mix of candor and gentle humor. Emotionally resonant and fresh, this is an engaging choice for readers with a penchant for realistic fiction.-Nicole Waskie-Laura, Chenango Forks Elementary, Binghamton, NY

    Copyright 2012 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • School Library Journal

    "Deft touches of humor."

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