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Summer of the Monkeys Paperback – December 29, 1998
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But by the end of the "summer of the monkeys," Jay Berry Lee had learned a lot more than he ever bargained for--and not just about monkeys. He learned about faith, and wishes coming true, and knowing what it is you really want. He even learned a little about growing up . . .
This novel, set in rural Oklahoma around the turn of the century, is a heart-warming family story--full of rich detail and delightful characters--about a time and place when miracles were really the simplest of things . . . --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Eager to get the reward for catching the monkeys, Jay Berry enlists the aid of his "old, slow-movin', boy lovin'" grandpa. Together they hatch up some unique plots for capturing the devilish little beasts. But they find out that the monkeys are smarther than they thought -- maybe even smarter than they are.
You'll find yourself laughing out loud at the antics of Jay Berry and his animal friends. But you may also find yourself shedding a tear or two as Jay Berry learns a lesson that shatters a lifetime dream.
In my opinion, Wilson Rawls has written the perfect young adult novel. The mixture of humor, love, family relationships, adventure and magic make for engrossing reading. There is literally never a dull moment in theis wonderful book.
I'm not going to lie it took forever to read this book on the account of it was boring at the beginning.And then when I finally got passed the beginning I couldn't put it down.Willson Rawls tells the story very slow but it has a great message.
This book was so cute. I read it on an airplane, and when I got to Montreal, I didn't want to go out and sightsee because I was busy reading this great book. The characters are so deep in this book; you can tell exactly what Jay is feeling and thinking, and you really get to love him. The story is very original, and extremely well written. I have read this book so many times, and I love it more each time. It is funny and loveable, but not shallow at all. This sounds cliche, but it's a real heartwarming story.
Much more than a kid-and-his-dog story, this book will make you chuckle and groan with frustration, as Jay and his smart-as-a-coot Grandpa wrack their brains to catch some 30 monkeys which have escaped the circus after a train wreck. Lured on by the generous reward offer, Jay becomes obsessed with trapping the little fellows--in order to achieve a country boy's dream of his own pony and .22 gun. But those simian rascals prove too human-savvy to be caught; time and again they outsmart the best laid plans--all because they are protected by a fiendishly clever chimpanzee.
Then there is Jay's twin sister, Daisy--crippled since birth. Nevertheless she is always cheerful, has a way with animals, tells great stories and teases him mercilessly. Woe to all who fall under her nurturing care, as she dons her Red Cross "uniform" and goes into high nursing mode! Hey, is there really an Old Man of the Mountains, who can cause good or bad luck to a family? This is a warm and fascinating read about setting goals, not giving up easily and the value of family relationships. For kids of all ages, especially if you believe in Fairy Rings...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved it as a kid and my kids love it now as well. It's a great family read aloud book.Published 12 days ago by Emily
It was a great book. I joined my middle school granddaughter, who had been assigned the book for summer reading. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Sue Miller
I really enjoyed this book. My son and I read it together. It was funny, moving, and just a great read.Published 1 month ago by Shelly Levi
I cannot give enough stars for this book. This book and story are even better than The other well known book by the same author "Where the Red Fern Grows". Well written. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Patrick Prasch
I give this book 5 STARS
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