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Possum Summer Hardcover – March 15, 2011
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From the Back Cover
Possum Summer is a heartwarming, vibrant story [that] mixes themes of honor, resolve, and courage with just the right blend of adventure, excitement, humor, danger, love, compassion, and a small touch of romance. It's a book that middle graders will want to read. --Bill Wallace, author of A Dog Called Kitty --Bill Wallace
About the Author
Jen K. Blom grew up on a farm on the Oklahoma plains similar to the setting of Possum Summer where she, unlike P, had many pets, including several dogs, horses, a raccoon and an opossum. Since then, she has lived in many places, including Texas, California, Canada and Australia, and worked at many jobs ranging from polo player and groom to insurance claims investigator. She now lives in Germany, where she works as a translator and business writer. This is her first book.
Visit her website at jenkblom.com
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Top Customer Reviews
This MG has a strong, sweet main character; and it was a joy reading about how she arrives at decisions, with both logic and the stirrings of her huge heart. P wants to do right for both her family and the animals in her life. And I did need tissue. Some scenes are real tearjerkers.
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. Animal-lovers will adore the four-footed characters: the belligerent mule Jezebel, the impish and untrainable dog Blackie, and the adorably possum Ike; and readers of all ages will laugh at the hijinks and mishaps of best friend Mart and adore P's spirited and blue-haired grandma.
Without reserve, I highly recommend this book for kids of all ages. Like Where the Red Fern Grows, Hatchet, and Island of the Blue Dolphins, this book is sure to become a modern classic that children will someday be passing on to their own children.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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