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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Summer Days, Starry Nights by Vikki VanSickle

Summer Days, Starry Nights
by Vikki VanSickle
Scholastic Canada Ltd.
ISBN: 978-1-4431-1991-7
Suggested Ages: 9-12
Buy from Indigo

Description: A famous rock star, a family secret and a boy with a great smile make for one unforgettable summer.

It's 1962, and thirteen-year-old Reenie Starr comes alive the minute guests begin to arrive at her family's summer resort. She dreams of the day she can run Sandy Shores, and she spends her time helping out at the resort, swimming, climbing trees, and singing under the stars.

One day, Reenie's mother announces that she thinks the resort could use some entertainment. She invites Gwen, her best friend's almost-grown daughter, to come and teach a dance class. Although Gwen seems sad and remote, Reenie's thrilled to have her there.

As Reenie starts to learn more about the world beyond Sandy Shores, she comes up with a plan that could really put it on the map. She also finds herself caught between the simpler world of her childhood and all of the wonderful new discoveries (boys) and heartaches (boys) that growing up can bring. Reenie thought she wanted Sandy Shores to never change, but after this summer nothing will ever be the same again.


The Good Stuff
  • Fabulous opening prologue, hooked me in right away
  • Honest and real, just the type of story that girls in this age group want to read
  • Reminds me so much of Judy Blume (huge compliment)
  • You can't help but fall in love with Reenie 
  • Truly captures the essence and heart of a girl on the cusp of being a young adult 
  • I could feel, taste and see  Sandy Shores, it reminded me a little of these cottages that my friend, Cathy Payne's, family owned in Bracebridge that I used to stay at (met the band Northern Pikes once when I stayed there)
  • Canadian
  • She acknowledges Nikole Kritikos, from Scholastic Canada, who is one of my favorite people  
  • Couldn't put the story down, was totally enthralled in Reenie's world
  • Has a Dirty Dancing type feeling to the story. Hard to explain the significance as the story really has nothing to do with the plot of the movie, mostly just the time period and the character development of the main character
  • Perfection 
The Not so Good Stuff
  • I tried, and slightly understood Mimi's disappointments, but I still disliked her

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"She dropped in on us like a rag soaked in gasoline, and the sparks that had always been there, biding their time among the coals, flared up and set everything ablaze."

"She was a girl used to having things carried for her. I didn't mind, I was a girl used to being at the service of someone else."

"It was the thing I missed the most in the winter, when the lake was checked with ice and everything I loved was sleeping under a few feet of damn, heavy snow. If you stare long enough into the fire, all the noise in your head that builds up during the day disappears and the only thing that left is peace."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Perfect for the middle grade girl who can't get into the paranormal  or dumb diary books
  • Those who enjoy style AND substance
  • Just the book I wanted to read when I was that age (ok and still do)

5 Dewey's

I purchased this from Chapters Shawnessy

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