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Three Bird Summer Hardcover – May 13, 2014
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I related heavily to this book. Who would’ve thought that a middle grade book about a 12 year old boy would give this 22 year old girl the feels? I certainly wasn’t prepared for the story I got.
We’re going through a similar situation in my family that Adam, his mother, and his grandmother are going through in Three Bird Summer.
My granny used to be this strong, happy person. Then about three years ago, my grandpa passed and it has been downhill from there. She is losing her memory. She is fragile and depressed. She doesn’t leave the house. But every once in a while, when all the grandkids go visit, I catch a glimpse of the woman that I knew when I was a child. The lady who would wake up at the crack of dawn and put on a pot of coffee. She’d sit on the swing outside and push herself with a slippered foot, while telling me stories of her childhood. She had a smile on her face all day long. When I think of summer, I think of going to my grandparent’s house in the woods.
So yea, I understand this. I’ve had the same conversations with my mother about my grandmothers “slipping”. We’ve given the side eye to each other when she repeats questions or forgets what she was doing. It is the second saddest thing I’ve had to deal with. To watch someone you love slowly lose their reality.
“She wrapped her knobby fingers around her mug and sipped her coffee slowly, like medicine…She wore silver glasses-always the same shape and style. They were dull now, but her eyes glinted behind them when she was in the right mood.” YA'LL. This is so my grandmother!!Read more ›
And then, despite Adam's best efforts at isolation, he finds himself building a friendship with Alice. The friendship, really, is the story, and it is developed by St. Antoine, with warmth, humor, and never an off-chord emotionally. Adam emerges from his emotional retreat with Alice who teases him at just right the times, listens to him with the total focus he has clearly been missing, and adventures with him as a co-conspirator.
The book is written for middle school children, but there is a sweetness and truth to both the portrayal of Nature and to the exploration of aging, parental relationships, and a totally compelling friendship that left me excited to return to it each evening for a week until I had finished it. The next day, I offered it to my 9 year old daughter who spent a day and a half sleeping, eating and reading Three Bird Summer.Read more ›
Three Bird Summer is about a boy named Adam, who is spending his summer with his mother and grandmother in their family’s summer home – a beautiful lakeside property. It’s set to be just like any other summer for Adam, except for one thing: they have new neighbors, who happen to have a daughter his age named Alice.
Isn’t it interesting how the smallest things can change the course of an entire life? Alice is an unexpected (and initially not very welcome) development in Adam’s summer. Both, however, were easy for me to relate to for different reasons. Adam was a loner, preferring his own company over others (or occasionally the company of books). Alice was adventurous and curious, determined to do things. One thing they share in common? A love for their families.
Their friendship blossoms tentatively, finding footholds in their enjoyment of the outdoors and a vulnerability and loneliness they can relate to in each other. It wasn’t a perfect summer; it was a summer of adventure, which I think is even better. Adam grows up, family issues are unraveled and an actual adventure in the form of hunting for “treasure” takes place too.
Apart from the friendship, family also plays a big role in this novel. Adam’s parents are separated, with his dad mostly checking in on the phone and his mother working hard to make ends meet. His grandmother, though a wonderful lady, is stubborn and refuses to admit that she’s starting to suffer from some of the things that come with old age. The dynamics between the family members were done very well by St.Read more ›
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From the very beginning, this story flows nicely. There is a little tension, but nothing forced or overwhelming. The characters are complex enough to be real. Read morePublished 26 days ago by M. Smith
I thought this book was wonderful. My ten year old son and I read it together. I was happy to see he was so interested in it. I would recommend this book.Published 5 months ago by Melisa Dowling Reed
A beautiful and quiet read. It beautifully transports you back to summers as a kid. The imagery really makes you feel like you are there.Published 10 months ago by Laura K Norkute
book came ahead of date promised and was exactly what I expected thank youPublished 13 months ago by Patricia Kincaid
Brings back my younger years. Wonderful story with a wonderful setting. Touching story that brought tears to my eyes. One of the best books I've read in a while. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Karen Elderkin