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Length: 178 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Age Level: 9 - 12
Grade Level: 4 - 7

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3–6—While her parents are in India on business, 11-year-old Poppy Ray spends a month with her veterinarian uncle, Sanjay. She begins the summer with naïvely high expectations, planning to use her time healing and saving pets of all kinds. However, as her mother is allergic to anything with fur, life in Los Angeles has given Poppy no practical knowledge of animals or their peculiar owners. Her stubborn resolve to help Uncle Sanjay's clients brings her frustration, anger, and hurt, but a developing friendship with 13-year-old Hawk and meditation with a piece of seaglass slowly give her a more realistic understanding of animals, humans, and their relationships. In this realistic story, adults are pretty much hands-off, allowing Poppy to explore her new independence and grow with her experiences. Animal lovers will appreciate the warm, fuzzy moments, cry at the sad times, and feel at home in this rural island community off the coast of Washington state.—Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
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Eleven-year-old Poppy wants to be a veterinarian like her uncle Sanjay. So while her parents are in India visiting relatives, she spends several weeks with him on Nisqually Island, Washington, helping out at his Furry Friends Animal Clinic. Episodic chapters focus on the people and animals that Poppy meets, her efforts to do a good job, no matter what’s thrown at her, and the difficulty she encounters in balancing dreams against some harsh realities. One terrific thing about this book is that there’s no talking down, either to Poppy or the reader. Everything’s on the table, from Sanjay’s father’s negative reaction to his son’s career choice to the limits of care a vet can provide when a pet is terminal. There are many moving events here, and only the hardest of hearts won’t soften when Poppy tries to comfort an elderly man whose beloved cat is being put down. Sometimes amusing, sometimes gross, and always true to itself, this should find a wide readership. Pencil illustrations enliven the chapter headings. Grades 4-6. --Ilene Cooper

Product Details

  • File Size: 378 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385735677
  • Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books; 1 edition (April 17, 2010)
  • Publication Date: May 11, 2010
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036S4AS6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #796,617 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Anjali Banerjee was born in India, raised in Canada and California and received degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Her books have received accolades in many review journals and newspapers. The Philadelphia Inquirer called her young adult novel, Maya Running (Wendy Lamb Books/Random House) "beautiful and complex" and "pleasingly accessible." The Seattle Times praised Anjali's novel for adults, Imaginary Men (Downtown Press/Pocket Books) as "a romantic comedy equal to Bend it Like Beckham."

Anjali has always loved to write. When she was seven, she penned her first story about an abandoned puppy on a beach in Bengal. Then, inspired by her maternal grandmother--an English writer who lived in India--she wrote a mystery, The Green Secret, at the age of nine. She illustrated the book, stapled the pages together and pasted a copyright notice inside the front cover. After that she churned out a series of mysteries and adventure novels with preposterous premises and impossible plots.

Growing up in a small town in Manitoba, Canada, Anjali's favorite family event was the weekly drive to the garbage dump to watch for bears. She also loved jaunts to the library, where she checked out the same Curious George books dozens of times. She adored a picture book called The Bear Who Couldn't Sleep, starring a baby bear who refused to hibernate in winter. Her favorite authors were Enid Blyton, Agatha Christie, Alexander Key, C.S. Lewis and others. Every night her father read to her from C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia or Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

After she grew up and finished university, Anjali tried on jobs like new sets of clothes--veterinary assistant, office manager and law student--before rediscovering her love for writing. Since then, Anjali's Pushcart Prize-nominated short fiction has appeared in several literary journals and in the anthology New to North America. She was a contributing writer for three regional history books and local newspapers before she began writing novels. An alumnus of Hedgebrook, an esteemed retreat for women writers on Whidbey Island, Anjali has been a speaker at the South Asian Literary and Theater Arts Festival (SALTAF®) at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., at many schools, libraries and writers' conferences, and she has led workshops for Field's End and the Whidbey Island Writers' Association MFA program.

Anjali loves hiking, reading, watching movies, supporting local animal welfare organizations, feeding birds, and playing piano. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, in a cottage in the woods, with her husband and four rescued cats.

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Format: Hardcover
Seaglass Summer is a great book! It is a good book for a person who likes adventures. One of my favorite adventures is when Poppy Ray got on the ferry and headed off to Washington State. The book is a little bit on the gross side because Poppy Ray goes to Washington State to start her dream of being a vet. I think the author was going up and down hill with this book, which means it was good, then scary, then emotional. I hope you get what I mean. Poppy Ray is a cool and adventurous girl who has a heart for animals. My favorite part of Seaglass Summer is when Poppy Ray learns to meditate using sea glass. Seaglass Summer is a wonderful book! Emily F.

Seaglass Summer is a very great book. It is a good book for people who like adventurous, exciting books. A few of my favorite parts are when Poppy Ray gets to help the newborn puppies take their first breath. I also like how Poppy Ray helps Stu when he gets hurt. I love Seaglass Summer!!!!!! Nia K.

I loved Seaglass Summer. This book does teach a few life lessons; one lesson is that when you visit new places you can make new friends. This book is sometimes scary but is also has adventures in it. It was scary because Uncle Sanjay's dog got hurt. Sometimes it is gross and at times it's sad. It was sad because a cat had to be put to sleep, and it was gross because Uncle Sanjay said that once he had to take care of a cow with his eye drooping out of the socket. My favorite part of the book was when Poppy Ray helped save her uncle's dog. The book Seaglass Summer is a great, wonderful book. Ethan B.

I love Seaglass Summer because it's the kind of book that could happen in real life!Poppy Ray is a girl who wants to be a vet, so she goes to her uncle's clinic.
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A fine story of friendship evolves. Anjali Banerjee's SEAGLASS SUMMER tells of Poppy, who longs to be a vet even though she's never had a pet due to her mother's allergies. Her summer with an uncle who owns an animal clinic is filled with surprises as she finds her love of animals may not equip her to handle their quirky owners. A top pick for young adult collections!
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This is a delightful summer read. A young girl goes to visit her veterinarian uncle while her parents go visiting family out of the country. Nothing seems to go right to start. But all her worries seem to fade and smooth over just like the seaglass she holds dear. Really an excellent story; one I am certain I will reread before summer comes to an end.
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I bought this book for an 11 yr old granddau.
Wanted to pre-read it first. I liked the story line and found the book very interesting, as well as entertaining.
I am a fan of animals, and the story setting is the Pacific NW, my neck of the woods.
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When eleven-year-old Poppy Bhatta's parents travel to India for a month of business and family visits, she's excited to stay behind and spend her summer vacation with Uncle Ravi. But when she arrives, his home on a remote island off the coast of Washington is so different from Los Angeles and everything else she knows. But Poppy has always dreamed of being a vet and Uncle Ravi runs his own animal clinic, so this is the perfect chance to get professional training.

Poppy quickly learns there's a lot she doesn't know about animals. Scary stuff-- like pain, suffering, abandonment and even death. It's not a part of what she'd envisioned. Through it the summer, Poppy never gives up on her dream. With the gentle guidance of Uncle Ravi and her new friend Hawk, the son of the receptionist at the clinic, she discovers the joys that can come from the comfort and care of animals.

Author Anjali Banerjee has crafted a tender, heartwarming novel for anyone who loves stories about animals, friendship, family or characters who pursue their dreams.
-- Reviewed by Michelle Delisle
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I recommend this book to any reader who loves a adventure!
Poppy and the characters in this book are touching.
READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!
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I liked how they used animals a lot in the story.
It was a great book to read aloud at night. Makes me want to go to Nisqually Island.
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