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Possum Summer Hardcover – March 15, 2011
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POSSUM SUMMER - Summer 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
Young P's summer adventures start when she and her family's dog Blackie, take to the creek bottoms to explore. After all, that's the fun part of living out in the country as a kid even if it's a place she shouldn't be going. This exploration will forever change P's summer, making it an unforgettable one as she ends up adopting a baby possum. That wouldn't be so hard if one, she knew how to care for it and two, there wasn't an epidemic of rabies going on. This young girl isn't one to be deterred and she does whatever she can to save this little guy and what ensues is a bond of friendship.
I enjoyed seeing how P and Ike's relationship bloomed. I for one think baby possums are adorable, but I wouldn't have the drive that P does to take care of it and raise him. There relationship is one that reminded me of my childhood pet and the bond I had with her. By creating this realistic bond of trust and friendship, Jen really pulled at my heartstrings when P has to make the tough choice to protect Ike. Young P is a strong, stubborn character whom I enjoyed getting to know. Her adventures reminded me of ones I took when I was younger. Though I didn't grow up in the heart of Oklahoma like she does, she's a character who's easy to relate to. I admired Young P for her bravery and for taking responsibility for chores and other things that happen around her farm. While her father is at war and her mother works long hours at the hospital, this young girl learns to grow up fast.Read more ›
Because orphan possums needs to be treated with care and to be fed well, Princess took her possum to school, using bathroom to excuse feeding Ike. She was busted, but the teacher was the good type and even allowed her to come to his office anytime she needed to. Despite of her work, one by one, the world around started to realize the truth, and to add more pressure, her dad is coming back from the war. Not only she had to let go her possum to the wild, she had to lose her only pet. The day drew near, and whenever she tried to lose her possum, it came back like a bloodhound. In the end, it ran off.
The story is mostly about Princess growing up through her pet. She learns responsibilities, she keep secrets, but most of all, she finally finds a work she loves. Though she had to let Ike go, Princess was so happy to see Ike coming back for her, like the saying: "a hard work is never wasted" To get things straight, the book is telling us the power of love and the friendship.
From what I think till now, "Possum summer" is a great book, and I never regret reading this book.
It's Blackie who sets the story in motion, though, attacking a possum and leaving an orphaned baby that Princess feels obligated to care for. Torn between obeying her father and abandoning the joey, or secretly raising the baby until he is old enough to be set free, P (as she'd rather be known)struggles with the promise she made to her dad.
It's inevitable that P will choose to raise the possum, but what isn't foreseeable is the array of help she gets from the most unexpected places and the ingenuity she uses to keep her secret quiet. And when her secret causes the worst to happen, P must be stronger than even her father thinks she can be.
Possum Summer manages to convey the beauty of the Oklahoma countryside and lazy summer days of youth with a tension-packed plot of secrets and dangers. P is an exceptional character, one who seems so real it seems impossible that she is merely fiction. A reader will find themselves drawn into her world immediately, cheering at her successes, nail-biting at her risk-taking, and crying with her tragedies.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm reading this book to my 6 yo and my 9 yo and they both LOVE this book. When it's time to stop reading for the night, they beg for another chapter. Read morePublished on July 14, 2012 by sessie
The first time P (short for Princess) picks up the tiny possum she knows she's in trouble. For one thing, she knows her Dad doesn't allow pets on their Oklahoma farm. Read morePublished on October 4, 2011 by Cynthia Hudson
I ordered Possum Summer hoping to find something my six-year-old niece and I could read together that would challenge and delight her and be good for me too. Read morePublished on September 17, 2011 by Amazon Customer
I loved this book. The author has a frank, open style. The reader can connect immediately with the protagonist, P, and with the star of the story, Ike the possum. Read morePublished on September 9, 2011 by Stephen Parrish
Jen K. Blom's debut novel spotlights a life rarely experienced by children these days. Princess, or P as she prefers to be called, is a tomboy who doesn't understand why her best... Read morePublished on August 25, 2011 by A. Stevens
"POSSUM SUMMER" BY JEN K. BLOM (REVIEW)
This is a beautiful book about trust, learning to heal and knowing when to let go. Read more
Princess, aka P, has a father who adamantly believes all animals on a farm should have a purpose. When he goes on military duty he puts eleven-year-old P in charge of the farm. Read morePublished on July 6, 2011 by MS
This book reminded me of my childhood. I felt like I was right there with "P", sharing her adventures.
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The feel of summer at a cattle ranch and the wonderful lazy sounds of Oklahoma river bottoms will pull you into Possum Summer. Read morePublished on June 7, 2011 by Marcia Keyser