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Summer of the Wolves (Sisters in All Seasons) Hardcover – April 23, 2012

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Cleverly crafted and close to home for many modern families, 'Summer of the Wolves' is a great read! Lisa Williams Kline is a gifted storyteller, weaving themes of loyalty, popularity, and hierarchy into this tale for animal lovers. Kline provides a glimpse into the life of a blended family. The characters are beautifully flawed and feel real-to-life and instantly relatable. Whether you identify with Diana, the standoffish loner who sees a therapist for mood issues, or Stephanie, the easygoing but prim girl afraid of the world, you’ll find a character to root for. Chapters alternate perspectives between Diana and Stephanie, allowing the reader to get behind the eyes of each. The target audience is definitely tween girls, especially those with soft spots for horses. The animal scenes are well detailed, showing that the author has done her research, which probably wasn’t too hard since her husband is a veterinarian. I ended up learning a fair amount about the animals without feeling like I was getting a biology lesson. Parents can use Summer of the Wolves as a teaching tool on how to relate to kids who are dealing with divorce and blended families. At times the kids are jealous, feeling like their place in their parent’s life has been superseded by each other. The story shows a strong husband-and-wife team still figuring out what it means to be a family. They make mistakes, but they learn from them. The parents aren’t the only ones who make mistakes. When the kids make bad decisions, their shared acts bring them together but they still have to answer for their actions. Kids will see how their decisions can have unforeseen consequences regardless of the best intentions. Frankly, that’s a lesson I am still learning too. The important thing, and Kline does a great job of showing this, is being mature enough to take responsibility for our mistakes. Summer of the Wolves is the first book in the Sisters in All Seasons series. (The Dove Foundation)

About the Author

Lisa Williams Kline is the author of The Princesses of Atlantis, Write Before Your Eyes, and Eleanor Hill, winner of the North Carolina Juvenile Literature Award. Her stories for children have appeared in Cricket, Cicada, Spider, and Odyssey. She earned her MFA from Queens University.

 

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Series: Sisters in All Seasons (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; First Edition edition (April 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310726131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310726135
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This gave me lots to think about and I like the way it did it. The feelings of both 8th grade girls are presented every other chapter, so you see one event through one girl's eyes, then the next chapter is the other giving you her reaction to the previous event, or in typical teenage fashion a new subject, new thing happening, or new thing to stress about!

I have a daughter turning 13 this year, I think this will be a wonderful book for her to read, it has animals and step-mom/dad issues. Both of which she and a million 13 year old girls have dealt with. The book was really well written for her age group without being so simple that it is painful for an adult to read.

I totally fell in love with both girls and found their differing opinions fun to read.

*I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
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I came from a broken family, and I really loved reading about the two sisters who are forced together when their parents remarry. I love the wolves, and I really like Diana and how she struggles with anger issues. Both girls feel very real to me. I think this is a great contemporary, realistic fiction series for animal lovers.
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I was looking for a solid YA novel to pass a few hours, and I found it in Summer of the Wolves. Plus I love horses and animals, so that was an added draw. One of the main characters did seem a bit bratty at times, but once you got into her story you realized how she got that way. Nice details about animals... a great start to a series I hope to continue reading. Teens will enjoy!
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An engaging and authentic read about the struggles of step-family members learning to be not just family but friends, too. At the heart of the story are 13 year old stepsisters, Stephanie and Diana, who are as different as two girls can be. On a summer ranch vacation with their step-parents, the girls cross paths with horses, two captive wolves, teenage boys, and the consequences of an impulsive decision the step-sisters make together. In the process, the lives of both girls change and they grow emotionally. Beautifully descriptive, I thought the writing and story line were age appropriate (MG to very young YA)) and enhanced by the added moments of gentle and instructive Native American mysticism.
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Although I don't read much in the way of Young Adult (especially the very-young kind) I couldn't help but falling in love with this story and the girls, so much so that my often angst-ridden early teen years floated to surface in my mind and I understood how the girls were feeling and thinking. To me, that means the author Lisa Williams Kline not only did her job with this book, but did it exceedingly well.

I didn't feel like I was reading a book about two young girls who are suddenly step sisters and spirited away to have some family bonding time at a Dude Ranch. No, instead I breathed in the country air with them. I saw the captive wolves skulk around in their cage. I tensed while they went white-water rafting.

Overall, a terrific book about family (both born and cobbled together)and understanding, interlaced with details about wild wolves and a wolf pack's hierarchy- which relates to the overall story as well.

Well written, clean enough for my ten-year old and engaging enough for this thirty-something Mom as well.
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I really enjoyed this book! It combines family, friendship, and nature into one story. I liked all the characters too (though Diana could get a little annoying at times). Hopefully the sequels are just as good, if not better.:)

Review by a girl age 12
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It is interesting because the main characters don't share much in common. Both of the main characters' views get shared because it's written in both of their points of view. I would recommend the book for 5th graders or older.
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Format: Hardcover
Summer of the Wolves is the first book in the "Sisters in all Seasons" series, and it was just what I needed. A chill, cute, and fun contemporary book that never bored me. The writing was never confusing, and the flow of the book was great. It sort of felt like realistic fiction to me, because it talked about the relationship between the two step sisters, and their struggle to accept the reality of them becoming one family.
First off, I would like to say that I loved the idea of portraying it from both of the girls points of views. One chapter it would be Diana speaking, and the other chapter it would be Stephanie. It wasn't even confusing, but it made me connect to both of the characters more. Norm, who is stephanie's father, and Lynn, who is Diana's mother, decide to go to a family trip so the girls would get along better. Diana, having a 'mood disorder' hates the fact of having a new sister. She's scared, and doesn't even want to try to be nice to Stephanie, which kind of annoyed me and made me think of her as a spoiled brat. On the other hand, Stephanie is trying her best to be nice and kind to Diana. She wants Diana to like her back. I'm glad there wasn't too much family drama in this book, because even the sister's fights together were normal and believable.
Overall, I enjoyed the concept of the book. It wasn't fluffy and it wasn't over dramatic either. It was a really fast read as well, and I cannot wait to read the sequel "Wild Horse Spring". If you enjoy contemporary, or realistic fiction books, you should give this book a try. Even though it isn't fully young adult, it didn't seem childish to me at all.
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