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"My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer is like its protagonist, full to bursting with sweetness and summer light. . .When things begin to look bleak and scary, you just know June has the grit and sunshine to pull through." —Tim Wynne-Jones, award-winning author
"Mix a pitch-perfect narrator with serious themes (but don’t set it aside to cool) and you have My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer. Tart in places and sweet in others, Ms. Gennari’s debut novel is satisfying in every way."—Ron Koertge, author of Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs
"A realistic account of a family coming together under stress."--Publishers Weekly
"This title is a much-needed addition to the world of LGBT literature for young readers, given the relative scarcity of pre-YA novels about kids dealing with gay parents."--Bulletin
"This strong, vibrant novel looks at a complicated issue without didacticism or platitudes, but with the level of complexity it deserves, staying true to the heart of the protagonist."--School LIbrary Journal
Jennifer Gennari has been a writer and editor for more than twenty years. A graduate of Vassar College, she holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives with her family in Sausalito, California—where they often whip up scrumptious berry pies. She returns to Lake Champlain every summer. This is her first book. Visit her website at www.jengennari.com
This book handles a hot button issue with sensitivity and realism for young readers.
I found the characters to be curiously flat and poorly developed, resulting in a story that lacks the emotional impact I would have expected.
It is the story of June, whose mother is a lesbian, and June's efforts to make the perfect prize winning pie.
It was a great book about homesexual marriage, pie, politics , and bullying. But it did not have enough suspense in it for me.Published 16 months ago by leigh contreras
The protagonist, 12-year-old June Farrell, lives on the shores of Lake Champlain in Vermont with her mother and her mother's soon-to-be fiancée, Eva. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mombian
I loved this book. It totally transported me to a small town in Vermont in the summer, which I know firsthand is a wonderful place to be. Read morePublished 23 months ago by i heart indie
It's fair time - both the Oklahoma State Fair and the County Fair. As someone who loves to bake, I indentified with twelve-year-old June Farrell. Read morePublished on September 5, 2012 by The Library Guy
First, I mean this review to be basically informative so that those interested in the book know the important issues in the book. Read morePublished on June 22, 2012 by Neal Reynolds
Actually I did like this book but don't think it is for nine year olds. You best know your child so that should be the first thing you think of when looking for a summer... Read morePublished on June 20, 2012 by Theresa M. Studer
One thing I can say about this book is it is a quick read--I read it in twenty minutes whilst waiting for my husband to get off the computer. Read morePublished on June 17, 2012 by Emily J. Morris
Twelve-year-old June Farrell lives on Lake Champlain in Vermont where her mother, M. J. Farrell, operates the Stillwater Marina store. Read morePublished on June 16, 2012 by Wayne S. Walker