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Junonia Hardcover – May 24, 2011
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“Very few writers have such a keen understanding of the emotional lives of children; here Henkes is at the top of his game.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“In this introspective story about a child’s search for a rare shell, Henkes again displays his ability to find profound meaning in ordinary events. . . . Readers will empathize with Alice’s frustrations and relish her moments of joy.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“With tender observations and sensory details, Henkes creates a memorable young individual whose arcadian growing up is authentic and pitch-perfect.” (Booklist (starred review))
“Alice balances between familiarity and novelty, coziness and independence, self-centeredness and altruismthe balance beam of turning ten. . . . A fully realized, respectful portrait of a childhood milestone.” (The Horn Book)
About the Author
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.
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Like all good vacation spots, their resort is both utterly unlike their regular life and almost completely predictable, a comforting source of warmth and genuine joy for Alice. But on this trip, something is different --- Alice will be turning 10, her first double-digit birthday. Will she still feel the same afterwards? And what about her family's beloved companions? One set of playmates fail to show up (they're getting too old to miss schoolwork for a family vacation), one older woman is trapped in a New York City blizzard, and Alice's beloved "Aunt Kate" (actually her mom's oldest friend) will be bringing along her new boyfriend and his young daughter Mallory. Alice can barely contain her disappointment. If so much else has changed, can her birthday possibly fulfill its magical promise?
Alice is annoyed with Mallory's demands and her immaturity; she resents that old Mr. Barden finds Mallory beautiful, but his only remark on Alice's appearance is to point out the mole on her face. Can Alice find the perfect junonia seashell she longs for? Can she capture the perfect birthday she's imagined? Can she find happiness even in the midst of change?
JUNONIA is an almost achingly lovely novel.Read more ›
Alice is a child on the cusp of pre-teen. Supported by attentive and very loving parents, they help her navigate and deal with a trying situation. It's very obvious that the other guests adore Alice but have little patience for Mallory. Henkes is spot on in how a ten-year-old thinks. From her jealous feelings and anger towards Mallory to the joy of her birthday gifts, from walks on the beach to the pitter patter of rain this is a delightful book and young girls in grades 3-6 will enjoy it.
Read as an ebook arc courtesy of Harper Collins via Netgalley (without the illustrations).
even added it to my own writing. I like the fact that Alice almost has the same personality as me so I am kind of on her side.
I also think Kevin Henkes does a fantastic job on convincing the reader to be determined to find the Junonia as much as Alice.
Next time I go on a vacation, I want to find a Junonia. At least when I am ten...
Henkes' writing is touching, all young girl reflection and emotion and his illustrations are gorgeous. He has once again written and illustrated a beautiful book.
Digital ARC copy courtesy of NetGalley.com.
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It is different from most other books I have read. It showed how to be mature and also to set examples.Published 20 months ago by rafael fernandez
My ten-year old loved this book! She really "got into" the story -- so much so, she wants us to go to FLA for vacation.Published 21 months ago by D. K. Stout
My six year old was able to relate to the characters of Junonia. She has had to deal with a lot of things children her age haven't had to go through or deal with at all. Read morePublished on October 30, 2013 by blessedsloan
Just finished this as a read aloud book for my eight-year-old boy and nine-year-old girl. I love the book, as a writer, for how skillfully the characters are developed and for the... Read morePublished on October 25, 2013 by Valvool
Alice Rice knows everything about her family's trip to Florida this year will be different. She is going to be ten--double digits--and that is a very important change. Read morePublished on June 10, 2012 by Miss Print
This book from veteran author Henkes hits all the right notes in a deceptively simple story about a only-child daughter who vacations with her parents in Florida every year. Read morePublished on April 9, 2012 by Making Art
I had high hopes for this book, especially with all the starred reviews, but I just couldn't wait to finish this tedious book about an unlikely introspective, moody girl. Read morePublished on February 17, 2012 by Julianne
I love Henke's children's books, and was thrilled when I found he'd written a book set in one of my favorite places: Sanibel Island. Read morePublished on December 29, 2011 by Erin