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*Starred Review* Mitch Sinclair, 12, is at Bird Moon Lake because his parents are divorcing. But there are tense moments with his grandparents, so Mitch fantasizes about moving into the empty house next door. Then Spencer Stone and his family, who own the cottage, arrive. Spencer and younger sister love the lake, but it’s also the place where their barely remembered brother, Matty, drowned at age four. Told in overlapping chapters, the story is spare. Mitch tricks Spencer into thinking Matty is haunting them; then he does something worse. After the boys become friends, the truth becomes both barrier and bridge. As in his Newbery Honor Book Olive’s Ocean (2003), every word counts, moving the story forward moment by moment. Yet the writing is as evocative as it is precise: fireflies are “pinpricks of topaz.” Emotions are just as carefully carved, turning characterization into portraiture; the children stand out in relief, against the deceptive tranquility of the lake. Some children may find the story too quiet or the ending too abrupt. But Henkes knows children and their secrets, and readers will lean close to hear the whispers. Grades 5-7. --Ilene Cooper
Kevin Henkes is the author of Junonia, Sun & Spoon, Bird Lake Moon, and the Newbery Honor Books The Year of Billy Miller and Olive's Ocean. He also writes and illustrates picture books, and among his many titles are the national bestsellers Little White Rabbit, My Garden, Old Bear, A Good Day, and Kitten's First Full Moon, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal. Mr. Henkes is also the creator of a series of books starring mouse characters, including the Penny books for beginning readers, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Chrysanthemum, and Owen, for which he was awarded a Caldecott Honor.
Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.
I loved this book!!!! It's so awesome and it is a great story for kids to read!! I am going to right a paper about this book!!!Published 2 months ago by Glenell Lee
Or does Henkes leave the reader to write his own ending? Mitch and Spencer are brought together at. Magical lake.Published 16 months ago by Kim Bradley
One very good book. was a great book for me. I liked it . Very very good book. Should write another book.Published 17 months ago by Matthew Hendricks
The book was great. I love Kevin Henkes. I love the way it ended. I feel like the book could of had some more fun parts that make you squeal with excitement. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Savanah Schafer
I am a middle school librarian and our copy was misplaced. I was very glad to find a reasonably priced book in good condition to donate to my school.Published on September 10, 2013 by molly
This book is horrible, and terribly boring. My daughter couldn't even finish it, and didn't even understand what it means to get a divorce in this book. Read morePublished on January 8, 2012 by Alicia
I read every single book written ( for small children) by Kevin Henkes to my daughter after finding one of his books on the mouses at the library. Read morePublished on May 1, 2011 by Amy
After reading Booklist's starred review, I was really looking forward to reading this book, but I found the book somewhat disappointing. Read morePublished on September 27, 2010 by Sandra McLeod Humphrey