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How Tia Lola Saved the Summer (Tia Lola Stories #3)

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  53 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Miguel Guzman isn't exactly looking forward to the summer now that his mother has agreed to let the Sword family—a father, his three daughters, and their dog—live with them while they decide whether or not to move to Vermont. Little does Miguel know his aunt has something up her sleeve that just may make this the best summer ever. With her usual flair for creativity and fu ...more
ebook, 160 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Maggie Burgess
Maybe had I read more of these (from the start), I would have enjoyed this book a bit more. This is the only Tia Lola book I have read, and I read it because it's part of the Seattle Public Library's Global Reading Challenge this year, and I am helping lead a team. I like the message of this story, but the writing didn't draw me in or keep my focus. It was easy to put down and walk away from. I wasn't dying to find out what happened next or in the end, and I don't have a desire to read the next ...more
Chana Billet
Dec 22, 2014 Chana Billet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book is my favorite installment in Julia Alvarez's "Tia Lola" series. Reading this lovely summer tale in the heart of winter makes a bleak time of year very bright.

As Juantia and Miguel get used to their parents' divorce, they face the impending reality that their family is changing. Mami and Papi have entered new relationships. Thank goodness Tia Lola is around to help them navigate this stage.

Alvarez continues to wow readers with the "especial" community of Vermont. Like the first tw
Jun 06, 2014 Perla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading the third book in the novel only made me more ecstatic to see what the characters were up to since the last book.
In this book, Alvarez let's the characters interact more with one another. The lawyer that helped Tia Lola stay in the United States goes on a vacation and stays with Tia Lola and her family. Miguel is forced to bond with the lawyers three daughters. The girls also join Miguel's baseball team making him feel lack of privacy. Throughout the book, Miguel interacts with the girl
Esmeralda Luz Hernandez
I really loved this book. My favorite thing would have to be the swords. They really helped everyone with their challenges that week. But the magic was not the sword. I feel like it was what was in their heart. The swords just helped open their hearts. I also feel like everybody has that something that helps them with their challenges and helps them open their heart. This book really helped me understand this.
May 14, 2015 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a big Tia Loa fan. She is a Latina Mary Poppins, full of magic and wisdom. While I don't usually like omniscient third person narration author Julia Alvarez does a great job of switching point of view allowing the reader to see things from different points of view without an artificial distance. Favorite quote:

p. 118 "Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork."
This is book three in the Tía Lola series. Tía Lola is Miguel and Juanita Guzman's great-aunt who is from the Dominican Republic. Tía Lola raised their mother, Linda, because Linda's parents died when she was three years old. Linda and the children moved to Vermont from New York when Linda and Miguel and Juanita's father divorced. Tía Lola came to the United States to help Linda with the kids. In this book, we see the emerging relationship between Linda and lawyer Victor Espada who has brought h ...more
Jan 23, 2016 Jennybeast rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tia Lola has a heart of gold, and an amazing ability to change the world around her. Heartwarming.
SPL Global Reading Challenge 2016
Mami's friend Victor has come to Vermont for a week with his daughters for a summer vacation. Tia Lola has everything planned; a fun "summer camp" experience for the children: Miguel, Juanita and Victor's 3 daughters, Victoria, Essie and Cari. Every child has some personal issue to work on this summer. Tia Lola's "swords" are magical, and help the children discover themselves and how to become who they want to be. Another sequel to How Tia Lola Came To (Visit) Stay (read them in order, this one ...more
May 16, 2011 StorySnoops rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How Tia Lola Saved the Summer is the heartwarming third book in the series about Tia Lola, the Guzman family's Mary Poppins-esque aunt from the Dominican Republic. This is a wholesome story set in a small town in Vermont about two families coming together as one after a divorce. It is told from the various points of view of the children as they overcome various fears and insecurities under the watchful eye of the maybe-magical Tia Lola...(see full review here: ...more
Tia Lola is a little bit magic and a whole lot of fun. I really liked the use of the swords and the introduction of the Swords, and I liked the way the chapters each dealt with one individual's struggle. It was fun to see how the book progressed and how the group of kids learned to get along so well.
Shaeley Santiago
My favorite Tia Lola book (so far)! Being creative, Tia Lola plans summer camp activities for her niece & nephew and their friends from New York City. #bookaday
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Julia Álvarez was born in New York City. Her parents moved back to the Dominican Republic when Álvarez was 3 months old and she was raised there until she was 10, when the family moved back to NYC.

She is currently writer-in-residence at Middlebury College and the owner of a coffee farm named Alta Gracia, near Jarabacoa in the mountains of the Dominican Republic. The farm hosts a school to teach l
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Other Books in the Series

Tia Lola Stories (4 books)
  • How Tia Lola Came to (Visit) Stay
  • How Tia Lola Learned to Teach
  • How Tia Lola Ended Up Starting Over

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