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Howland, Leila. The Forget-Me-Not Summer.

5Q * 4P * M * J Howland, Leila. The Forget-Me-Not Summer. HarperCollins, 2015. 352p. $16.99. 978-0-06-231869-5.

It is not easy being the middle sister, but it is even worse when you have a budding actress for a big sister and an adorable baby sister who gets attention wherever she goes. Zinnia is trying to figure things out for herself when she and her sisters are hit with the news that they will not be spending their summer at home in California, but instead with their great aunt, Sunny, in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. To make matters worse, Marigold has just landed an agent and will miss a big audition while she is on the East Coast. The sisters arrive in Massachusetts and immediately figure out that they will have some adjusting to do because there is no cell phone reception or wi-fi, and they have to share a bedroom. Between clambakes, lots of beach time, a possible romance, and organizing a town talent show, the sisters discover that their individuality is not as important as they once thought it was and that their biggest summer accomplishment may be learning how to be stronger as sisters rather than as one.

Perfect for middle grades and a clean read for all ages, this summer-vacation novel is a breath of realistic fresh air and a welcome addition to any school or public library. --Stephanie Wilkes.

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Author:Wilkes, Stephanie
Publication:Voice of Youth Advocates
Article Type:Book review
Date:Jun 1, 2015
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