- Age Range: 10 and up
- Grade Level: 5 - 6
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books (May 7, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399175156
- ISBN-13: 978-0399175152
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A richly embroidered cast of characters, a thoughtful exploration of how real friends treat one another, and the true meaning of family all combine to make this a thoroughly satisfying coming-of-age tale. Cape Cod is nicely depicted—not the Cape of tourists but the one of year-round residents—as is the sometimes-sharp contrast between residents and summer people. Hunt has crafted another gentle, moving tale of love and loss: the value of the one and the importance of getting over the other.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Limned in northeastern sea salt and Adirondack chairs, Hunt’s latest offering explores those frustrating preteen years when friends become enemies and family is at once embarrassing and desired. . . . Hunt creates a realistic sketch of small-town life and the agonies of growing up in an imperfect family. . . . The thematic elements of tweenage angst are timeless and relatable.”—School Library Journal
“In addition to telling Delsie’s story in an involving way, Hunt vividly portrays the underlying us-and-them mentality shared by locals in a seaside community that relies on outside visitors. As sweet and summery as lemonade.”—Booklist
“Endearingly blunt, stubborn Delsie lives year-round on Cape Cod. . . . In kid-friendly prose, Hunt balances Delsie’s unfettered sense of adventure with her tweenlike insecurities. . . . Her sweet desire for a family and her unexpected realization that she’s had one all along make this story well worth reading.”—Publishers Weekly
“[Delsie and Ronan’s] slow-build friendship is realistic and enjoyable. . . . Delsie is an engaging protagonist, simultaneously stubborn and uncertain, independent-minded without forced quirkiness. Hunt’s depiction of class conflict in a vacation destination is matter of fact, with money woes serving not as plot points but as part of the setting. The writing is vivid and child-friendly . . . with a satisfyingly imperfect resolution to the many conflicts.”—Horn Book
About the Author
Lynda Mullaly Hunt is the author of New York Times bestseller Fish in a Tree and Bank Street Best Book One for the Murphys. She's a former teacher, and holds writers retreats for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two children, impetuous beagle, and beagle-loathing cat.
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Once again I’m in awe of the characters that Lynda Mullaly Hunt creates. Delsie, who lives with her Grammy on Cape Cod, is weathering fading friendships and blossoming new ones. She’s feeling abandoned by both her mother who left when she was just a baby and by her best friend who’s leaving her for a “cooler” girl.
With the help of her loving, wise Grammy, who thinks Delsie hung the moon, her amazing neighbors Henry and Esme, and a new friend named Ronan, Delsie learns that “(Family) is made by the people who love you. Who worry about you and champion you.”
With themes of family, friendship, and hope, this will be a definite addition to my classroom library when it publishes in May 2019.
Some of my favorite pieces of beautiful writing from Hunt:
“Chips and dents make a person more interesting.”
“When people throw rocks, you can either build wall or bridges. Be a bridge builder.”
“Every pancake has two sides.”
“Some friends are glitter, and some are glue.”
“Anything that matters in this whole wide world is about connection.
Lynda Mullaly Hunt writes with honesty, humor, and heart. She remembers what it's like to be in middle school and knows how to put it on the page. She leaves the reader feeling hope. "Thing is, the sun is always in the sky - it just gets hidden sometimes." This is her third book and is sure to be loved by readers everywhere!
Even worse, nothing seems the same as it was just last summer. Delsie spends the whole year eagerly awaiting her best friend Brandy's return to Cape Cod for vacation. But this year, her old friend seems strange. She only wants to suntan and get mani-pedis. To top it off, she's got a new friend Tressa, who seems to make a sport of making fun of Delsie.
As with her previous books, Hunt's characters are all just regular girls, trying to navigate their way through a world that doesn't always make sense. Readers are guaranteed to relate to Delsie, hoping right along with her that things will work out.