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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge; First Edition edition (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580893163
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580893169
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,234,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 5–8—Kyle's father left his family in February to "think things out." Now it's summer, and the 12-year-old and his mother and siblings are staying at their cabin by a Michigan lake, on an island that Kyle plans to explore. It's just like always, except that this visit will be their last. With her husband gone, Kyle's mother is forced to put the cabin, which has been in her family for years, on the market. The boy is devastated. This year is also different in that Kyle's sisters are keeping secrets from him, and they develop a great interest in the boys who live nearby. As the summer slips away, Kyle spends most of his time fishing either alone or with his elderly neighbor, who teaches him not to take people at face value. His worst fears are realized when the cabin is sold. This story moves slowly and is primarily a study of the protagonist's personal development. His feelings of rejection and anger ring true for someone his age, and he eventually begins to look at a situation from more than one angle. The other characters are one-dimensional and remain in the background. Additional.—Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC
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When Kyle and his family return to their beloved lake cottage in Michigan, his mother drops the bomb that this will be their last summer there. Newly divorced, she feels forced to sell the property to make ends meet. A veteran fisherman at age 13, and very much tuned into lake life and nature’s simple pleasures, Kyle rages at the prospect and boils inwardly at his father for causing the family’s upheaval. Stung by loss, and out of sorts with this unwelcome transition in his life, Kyle trudges through the days of what was supposed to be a great summer. He also makes a quest out of exploring an uninhabited island in the lake. When he connects with a somewhat mysterious neighbor and takes him on fishing excursions, Kyle learns more about the island and begins to feel empathy for other people’s stories. A sensitive coming-of-age tale that does not tie up ends too neatly. Grades 5-8. --Anne O'Malley

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cathryn on February 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Any boy or girl who loves the idea of a lake, with a cottage and pier and boat complete with fishing poles will love this book. The mystery of the island in the middle of the lake is frosting. While you're enjoying living alongside Kyle as he fishes and digs worms and lazes in the sun and plays cards and swims and fishes some more, you'll also get to know his family, and his odd older neighbor Tom. The absent dad and the threat of losing the cottage make for tension but Kyle figures out how to be a decent brother and how to respect people whose motivations may not be self-evident. Warm and memorable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nina on February 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Young readers should love the chance to join Kyle and his family in Michigan for this summer of change. It's clear that Sally Derby knows her setting inside and out, and she peoples it with a family who are as real as the setting - struggling, flawed, loving, its members growing together and separately. The experience is enhanced by Derby's lyrical writing style and by the gentle wisdom she imparts to readers as she tells her story. Definitely a winner!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CCode on March 1, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
WONDERFUL story with a surprise ending. I lived at different dams around our state and could really relate to Kile probably the main character in the story. Will look for more of this author's books.
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More About the Author

I've always lived in Ohio, and my life was pretty quiet until I had my first son. Things became a little noisier with a baby around, and when he was followed by four younger brothers and then a sister, the house became noisier still. Just when I was thinking that life was about to settle down, two foster sons joined us, and later, three foster daughters. They are all grown now, so the house is quiet usually -- until the grandchildren, and now a great-grandchild too, come visit! I figure that after 55 years of marriage and all those children, I have enough story ideas to keep me busy for the rest of my life. I love to hear from readers who like my books. Have fun reading!

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