Published by Nancy Paulsen Books
Summary: Delsie is looking forward to her annual summer reunion with her best friend Brandy, who spends summers on Cape Cod where Delsie and her Grammy are year-round residents. Things seem normal at first, but there’s a new girl in town, and slowly Brandy starts spending more and more time with Tressa, who turns out to be a classic mean girl. Lonely and humiliated, Delsie finds herself hanging out with Ronan, a new boy living with his fisherman father. She learns that Ronan, like Delsie, has been abandoned by his mom. As their friendship grows over the course of the summer, they learn to value each other and their families–both blood relatives and friends who feel like family. By the end of August, Delsie feels strong enough about herself and those who love her to be able to stand up for herself and appreciate true friendship. 288 pages; grades 4-6.
Pros: Fans of Fish in a Tree will rejoice to see a new book by Lynda Mullaly Hunt and will find many connections and lessons in Delsie’s story. The descriptions of summer scenes on the Cape feel very real, as do the changing friendships and relationships with family members.
Cons: Delsie sometimes felt wise beyond her years, and as the story went along, there were a few too many “teachable moments” where she or another character imparted some life lesson.