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Blueberry Summer Paperback – 1971


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Book Services (1971)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000EUFTES
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 4.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,811,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 21, 1999
Format: Library Binding
I first read this book when I was in grade school, and I still love it, 20 years later. Cass Phillips, suffering from low self-esteem, is forced to spend the summer babysitting her eight-year-old brother on the family farm in Maine. She is overweight and surly, but manages to capture the attention of a boy who is attracted to her mind. Of course she loses weight by the end of the book but it's not about her trying to keep some guy. It's that she found out what was bothering her and stopped eating to solve her problems. She grew up, gained some self-confidence from handling a large crisis and found out that she had something to offer the world. This is an excellent book for young women with self-esteem issues. There is a sequel called "The Fabulous Year" which I have read that is great also, but I am not sure if there are others. Amazon lists the books by this author but unfortunately, there are no synopsis with the titles. Anyway, check this one out, you won't be disappointed!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jocelyn Price on August 2, 2008
Format: Library Binding
I remembered this book fondly from my middle school years. I recently looked it up on a whim, bought a used copy and enjoyed rereading it after so many years.

First, the story is set in the mid-20th century, in a simpler time, but girls who grew up reading the American Girl series are used to that. To me, this story is a logical next step from the AG series, because it addresses teen-aged issues in an intelligent, but delicate matter.

Cass, the herione, is a grumpy, discontented, overweight teen-aged girl. When the story begins, she is looking forward to spending the summer away from her family and planning to remake herself into a glamourous creature like she sees in magazines. When her older sister gets sick, Cass's mother has to leave and tend to her, leaving Cass in charge of her younger brother and the farm, including the animals and the upcoming blueberry harvest. Cass's father is a fisherman who is not home much, so she is left to her own judgment for the first time.

Cass is angry and resentful about the situation. She fights constantly with her younger brother,Peter, but their situation is improved when they make the acquaintance of Adam Ross, a summer tenant on the island. Although Adam is only a bit older than Cass, he is intelligent, mature and warm-hearted. Adam, Cass and Peter begin a friendship that transforms Cass, helping her to see her little brother in a kinder light and to see herself as a competent, caring person.

As the story continues, Cass is faced with problems coping with the blueberry harvest, and is distracted by the charms of another summer tenant who moves in down the road. Her loyalty is also tested when she calls on some unconventional friends to help her with the harvest.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
this is not a book that nothing happens, its exciting all the way to the end. my favorite part was when a deer got shot on their property (you'll have to read the book to find out what i'am talking about) because she becomes a detective , like nancy drew, my faaaaavorite books. other recomendations: gone with the wind, bosten jane and nancy drew.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By F. Penalosa on June 16, 2005
Format: Library Binding
For the first 160 pages or so the heroine mostly obsesses about her hairdo, weight, clothes, pesky younger brother, and two older boys, but then there is a dramatic event that makes intriguing reading for the last 30 pages or so, with a surprise ending, although if readers had been paying attention to this boring story, they would have not been surprised. This book was first published by Whittlesy House in 1956. Almost a half-century later, this book will seem somewhat quaint to today's young people.

I read this book to find out why it was a favorite of another (deceased) author whose biography I am working on. I still can't figure out why.
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