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Starred Review. Grade 6-8–Lise, 12, is beginning to feel at home in a new town with her single mother and 5-year-old brother, a selective mute. When her mother is injured in a car accident and faces months of rehabilitation, she decides to recover in Maine, where she grew up. Lise is shocked and resentful when they arrive at Fiddle Beach and she sees their tiny rented house. And she finds that the immense, uncontrollable, and endless ocean terrifies her. She is so caught up in her own feelings that she never really acknowledges the pain and frustration her mother is experiencing, and is even somewhat jealous of the former boyfriend who enters her mother's life. But when she meets Ben, an elderly Passamaquoddy Indian who lives in the last house on the beach, Lise finds that she can tell him about her fear and the changes in her life. Ben talks to her about knowing when to fight for what is important and when to accept change. Lise doesn't quite understand until Hurricane Fern hits and she almost loses her life while trying in vain to rescue the old man. Struggling in the water, she hears a small, clear voice calling her name–it is her brother's. Jones gets right to the heart of the matter in this captivating and touching first novel. Lise is by turns irritating, humorous, and compelling, but always believable. A first-rate debut.–Terrie Dorio, Santa Monica Public Library, CA
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*Starred Review* Gr. 5-8. Annalise, 12, and her brother, Free, 5, have never been to the ocean before their single-parent, working mom is injured in a car accident and takes them back to her childhood home in Fiddle Island, Maine, to recover. Annalise hates the sea, the sound, the space, the fury--but when a hurricane hits, she braves the waves to rescue an old Abenaki man, Ben, who has become her friend. The drama in Annalise's smart, tough, first-person narrative is understated; the spaces between the words are as eloquent as what is said about the wildness of the setting and about the human secrets. The local doctor, Michael, Mom's former boyfriend, helps Mom and loves the kids, but he is a bit too perfect, as is wise Ben. The family story, however, is exquisitely told, especially Annalise's problems with the move and her close, loving bond with her brother, Free. Free is smart, alert, and happy, though he never speaks, and Mom accepts his selective mutism. She knows he will speak when he is ready--and in a heartrending climax, when the hurricane threatens his sister's life, he does. Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 8
  • Lexile Measure: 790 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; Reprint edition (June 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416958347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416958345
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Rogers ClarkIV on July 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I read this before cataloging it for our young adult collection. What a wonderful book!. It starts smoothly and pulls you in immediately. All of the characters are people you care about and want to have good things happen to. The dialogue is believable and the setting, particularly Fiddle Island is well developed and sure seems like Maine.

There are several minor mysteries; why did Lise and Free's father leave, what happened between Michael and their mother when they were young, what connection does Ben have to Lise and Free? The descriptions and dialogue do a wonderful job of allowing you to look behind the interactions between the characters. One aspect I really liked was Lise's fear of the sea which almost makes the Atlantic Ocean become another character in the book. This is one I will strongly suggest as a great summer read to my young adult library patrons.
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A Kid's Review on July 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'm 12 years old and I love to read. This book was a great book! I couldn't put it down! I reccomend this book for kids 10 and up. There are some places in the book that would put a child under the age of 10 into confusion. There are a lot of life lessons in this book. But there are also some times where they swear or where something very sad or diffucult to understand will happen. Amazing writing and sentances that will just make you gasp!!! I loved it and i deffiantly reccomend you to read it! Its a real page turner!!
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I've read about 40 children's books in the last three months as part of a library-related project. This book stands out as the very best children's book I have read recently and one that I'd highly recommend to all children in grades 5-8. Some of it is predictable, but you won't care since you are enjoying this book so much and you care about the characters. The story is well written and a wonderful debut book for this author. I look forward to reading more of her work.
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If you want to be on the edge of your seat then you should read Sand Dollar Summer by Kimberly K. Joens. It's a fun, entertaining, and a adventures book. The main character is Lise. She goes to the beach for the summer and she is terrified of the depths of the ocean. It's a great and stunning book. If you want to read a good book then you should read Sand Dollar Summer.
Twelve year old Lise and her brother Free go to the beach in Spain. They go there because their mom gets into a car wreck. For the whole summer she takes Lise and Free to a house on the beach. Lise is terrified of the depths of the water. Free enjoys the ocean but Lise doesn't. She makes a lot of friends along the way. If you want to find out what happens; then you should read Sand Dollar Summer.
My favorite part of the book is when Lise goes on the boat with her mom, her mom's doctor whose name is Michael and her little brother Free. Her mom and Michael were best friends growing up and they go to an island that they went to all the time when they were younger. They began to tell a story. It was a true story. This is the story. There was a girl that lived on an island. Who lived alone. Lise's mother and Michael used to come and bring her food and they said she would make root beer for them when they came with food. It was fun to find out what happened when Michael and Lise's mom were kids. If you want to find out what happens next then you should read Sand Dollar Summer.
The most important part of the book is t hat Lise helps people out and makes friends learn that you should never break rules. You should also not be scared of the depths of the water because there really isn't anything in the ocean.
Another book by Kimberly K. Joens is the The Genie Scheme. It's rated four and a half stars.
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This is one of those books you'll go "ahhhh" to after setting it down. If you model your thinking as you do a read aloud with your kids, this one would be great. It would also be a great lit circle book. My only warning is that an adult says the "s" word twice....so be prepared to have your kids handle that maturely. Loved it!!!
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A Kid's Review on September 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Wow! I never knew that somebody I know would write a novel for kids that is so good! I am 11, but this story is for everyone. I read this in two hours one afternoon, because I couldn't put it down. Buy this book and you'll see!
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Five stars! Heck no! Sand Dollar Summer deserves more stars than there are people! If you are going to read this book you are guaranteed to stay awake all night! This amazing book is made for you to have fun.
Sand Dollar Summer is by Kimberley K. Jones. This is a fiction book with 206 pages in it. You should definitely read this book.
My favorite part of the book is when Lise goes outside in a hurricane to save her best friend in the big crashing waves.
12 year old Lise is an amazing girl in a book called Sand Dollar Summer. Lise goes to the ocean for the first time, and learns the true meaning of it; Lise's mother finds herself in a car crash and has a terrible injury. Lise and her family find themselves in hurricane, and Lise trying to save her best friend. Find out what happens to Lise her family and her friends in Sand Dollar Summer. If you loved Sand Dollar Summer you should read these books that are kind of similar. Sheep, Life as we Knew it, and Black Duck. Sand Dollar Summer is a little bit confusing. So I think this book is for ages 10-13. Don't forget this book is for people who love adventures to save friends. This is also for people who have had really bad injuries, so they can understand how hard it is for Lise's mom.
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