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The Summer of Hammers and Angels

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  93 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Most folks have never seen an angel. I know, because I've asked them. I asked Miss Martha at the post office. "Maybe someday, Delia, God willing." God does a lot of willing in Tucker's Ferry, West Virginia. Delia's summer is getting off to a terrible start. First, an inspector shows up at the house and threatens to condemn it. Then lightning strikes, literally, and Mama en ...more
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Published July 1st 2011 by Namelos (first published March 25th 2011)
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Jul 26, 2013 Robyn rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile
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Mama is the hardest-working person I know. Since we don't have everything we want, I guess even hard work takes time to pay off. Praying seems like it might be faster. p.11

"I would have come straight after the accident but Mrs. Parker and my mom decided to let you rest for a few days." Mae scowled. "What person in their right mind doesn't feel better with their best friend? Answer me that, will you? Grownups can be stupid. That's all I have to say." p. 32

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Watermelon Daisy
Mar 18, 2012 Watermelon Daisy rated it really liked it

I find it kind of weird how this short, speedy read is better than half the "full-length" novels I've come across.

The one thing which prevents me from giving it a full five-stars is how there were many times where Delia didn't sound her age -instead, she sounded younger. I realise the author wanted Delia to be a young, naive sort of girl, but it resulted in Delia just appearing plain-babyish. I think it's mainly because she still refers to her mother as "mama," which all my friends had stop doi
Jackie Miller
Nov 08, 2011 Jackie Miller rated it it was amazing
It sounds kind of cheesy to say this is a 'heart-warming story', but truthfully. . . that's exactly what it is. I realize that this book isn't geared towards my age group (pushing 30, if you must know), but I would recommend it to a person of any age.

The sweet girl in the story is Delia. She lives with her mother and they are struck (literally) with some bad luck which lands her mom in the hospital. As she recounts the ins and outs of their lives together, you start to get the feel that she crav
Christine H
Dec 03, 2012 Christine H rated it really liked it
Some of my favourite stories are the ones that make me cry over something heartwarming. Wiersbitzky has written a very touching novel revolving around the idea that it takes a village to raise a child. The Summer of Hammers and Angels takes place over one sweltering-hot summer in Tucker’s Ferry, West Virginia. Delia and her mother have enjoyed a good mother-daughter relationship, but when Cassie Burns is struck unconscious by lightning, it is up to Delia to hold down the fort. Empowered by her b ...more
The Twins Read
The Summer of Hammers and Angels is a delightful and heartwarming story of one girl's very eventful and trying summer.

Meet Delia, our delightfully determined heroine, and the unfortunate way she starts her summer. Delia and her mother get a visit from the inspector due to the rundown conditions of their home. As if things couldn't get any worse, lightning strikes down on their house burning a hole through their roof and injuring Delia's mother, sending her into a coma. Afterwards, Delia moves in
Julie Mitchell
Dec 26, 2014 Julie Mitchell rated it really liked it
I read this because one of the students at my school loved it. She told me that she liked it even though it made her cry. Well, it didn't make me cry, but I loved the way the author illustrated that even in small towns, people can feel isolated. All of the characters, major and minor were well thought out and felt real. All in all this is real "feel good" book and I am looking forward to reading the companion novel.
Feb 23, 2012 Jessi rated it really liked it
This story is the touching tale of a girl who doesn't crumble under adversity but instead learns to believe in miracles and work for what she wants and needs. When Delia's mother goes into a coma, leaving their soon-to-be condemned house in a precarious position, Delia takes matters into her own hands, working at it as best she can. When even her own efforts aren't enough, she turns to a higher power.

This book has that light-hearted feel and hope-filled message that will draw in readers of any a
Michelle Fayard
Oct 20, 2011 Michelle Fayard rated it really liked it
For a coming-of-age novel filled with hope and plenty of voice, debut novelist Shannon Wiersbitzky’s book THE SUMMER OF HAMMERS AND ANGELS is sure to please.

Delia’s mother is in the hospital and has slipped into a coma. A county inspector has given the family of two only a month to repair their home or it will be condemned. And Delia must stay in the home of her neighbor and nemesis, Tommy.

When Delia and her best friend, Mae, try to fix the house on their own, they are surprised when Tommy offer
Jul 21, 2011 Lorriezm rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
What a wonderful story of the days when neighbors were family. Delia's mother lay in a hospital bed in a coma. The building inspector has condemned her home because of the lightening strike mainly, but has added many other repairs to the to-be-fixed list. The only thing Delia can think of to help her mother is to get their home back in shape so she'll have a place to come home to when she gets better. But how's a young girl like Delia going to fix a hole in the roof?
This is a great summer read.
Aug 21, 2012 Suzanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
The cover of this book did not entice me to read it. I read it because it was on a list of reccemended titles for a selection committee I am on.

I was pleasantly surprised to find I enjoyed the sad story of Delia whose mother is hit by a lightning strike and then Delia is hit by a notice to condem their home if changes are not made. While Delia's mother lies comatose in the hospital, she and her friends conspire to fix the house. When Tommy gets hurt and it looks like the house will not be finish
Aug 19, 2013 Helen rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-waw
This 2013 WAW nominee was a good story. Delia is very likeable as the daughter of a single mom who doesn't know how to repair their house and lets it go until it is about to be condemned. Then her mom gets struck by lightning and is in a coma so Delia tries to fix everything on the inspector's list but finds it's just too hard for her so she asks for help at church. I'm not sure why there is emphasis on angels at first since Delia never sees one, but I guess the church comes to her aid like an a ...more
May 14, 2013 April rated it liked it
Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge through NetGalley for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

Really interesting tale that had my attention the whole time. The pace was wonderful and the characters engaging. Beautiful storytelling that entertained the whole time!

It had really great flow and did the job of making me think at times. I love a book that taps into my emotions.

I would love to see more from this author! Definitely o
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Delia's summer does not turn out as a normal summer for a normal girl. Thanks to a lightning storm Delia finds her life flipped around and experiences a summer she will never forget. And this was a book I will never forget! I requested this one because the title intrigued me and a summary can really only tell you so much about a book without giving the important stuff away. This was beautifully written coming of age story! I hope to recommend
Denver Foster
Sep 11, 2011 Denver Foster rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that once you start to read it, not only do you not want to put it down, but you want to tell everyone you know to buy a copy. The writter has found a way to make the reader not only involved in the lives of her character's but to be rooting for them as well. I rate this the best book that I have read in a long time. I feel that reader's from 8 to 100 will enjoy this and I think everyone will be waiting for another book from the author. A wonderful book with a special ...more
May 11, 2014 Brenda rated it it was amazing
I am giving this book 5 stars because it is the first book I have read based on a recommendation from my nephew Coen. It is special for that reason and because it is a sweet and touching story about hard times and good hearts.
Feb 27, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it
If the cover and title doesn't draw you in the actual content of the book will. The story line is really good and will hold many readers attention. It has genuine believable characters that bring life to a very heartwarming novel. It’s going to be a great novel at in middle school library but I would recommend this novel to any age group that’s looking for a good lighthearted novel. Well worth the read.
Nov 11, 2011 Kim rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this feel good novel. It is the sweet story of Delia, her mother and a community that comes together. It has all of the things that make you feel good: a motherly neighbor, a town cook, a cranky old man that really has a soft side, a best friend and, of course, the awful boy next door, who turns out to not be so awful.
I can't wait to share this book with my daughters.
Suzanne Eastman
Sep 15, 2013 Suzanne Eastman rated it really liked it
Nice feel good story about a girl who begins to feel as if she is unlucky since her mother was struck by lightning, the house may get taken away and one of the people who started helping her suffers a broken leg in a fall. Children will relate to it!
Jun 16, 2013 Margo rated it really liked it
Great book. It truly shows how a community can help its neighbors! The main character is quite a gal! She just never gives up. A truly heartwarming story of friendships and the wonderful generosity of people helping one another.
Sharon Lawler
This is a book about a community that comes to the aid of one of their more vulnerable residents. It will motivate you, and will restore your belief in humanity.
Oct 15, 2013 Andrea rated it liked it
The is a sweet early reader book. Great for 8-10 year olds. A a southern take on "Pollyanna" by Eleanor Porter, with wonderfully written characters.
Oct 16, 2012 Amyjo rated it it was amazing
Amazing! What a refreshing book about a community that pulls to help a young girl and her mother who is in a comma. Just a feel good kind a book!
May 22, 2012 Britney rated it really liked it
What a great novella about love, friendship and small towns. Perfect for summer.
Feb 24, 2013 Barb rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-jshs, 2013
Sweet feel-good story. Nice read for the road this weekend!
Jan 19, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
sometimes you just need a good happy Pollyanna tale.
Lee Anne
Mar 31, 2015 Lee Anne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
A wonderful story!
Sheila Welch
Jun 06, 2011 Sheila Welch rated it it was amazing
Summertime offers a chance for many kids to relax, hang out with friends, maybe read a good book. For the latter activity, I recommend The Summer of Hammers and Angels, which is a delightful story about a girl whose summer begins badly. Very badly.

Delia is an only child who lives with her mother in a ramshackle house in the small town of Tucker’s Ferry, West Virginia. They have no relatives, but Mama, who works hard at the local diner, has always been there for Delia even if her homemaking and m
Carol Saller
Sep 06, 2011 Carol Saller rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful and heartwarming novel! It tells the story of Delia, whose world is literally struck by lightning in a summer storm. With Mama in a coma, the house condemned, and no family to draw on, Delia is taken in by kindly neighbors and left to ponder how such bad things can happen to people who don't seem to deserve them.

The writing is assured and funny. I was tickled by our heroine's use of similes throughout: "her voice as crisp as the creases in her pleats" or "that honeysuckle ai
Jane Healy
The best part of this book is the voice of young Delia Burns ringing loud, clear, and true to the fictional town of Tucker's Ferry, WV, which is not dissimilar to Jan Karon's Mitford. Delia and her mother need help to fix up their house and property or they'll be evicted. Unfortunately, Delia's mother is struck by an accident, which leaves Delia alone to deal with the problem--until she prays aloud in church and with the help of human angels, things start to turn around.
Judy Desetti
Jul 22, 2013 Judy Desetti rated it liked it
Recommended to Judy by: WAW nomination 2014: 3-5 gr list
AR BL: 4.9

Hated the cover image on the book I have. I doubt it is going to intrigue kids into reading this title. Once I got over that I found the characters to be likable and was interested in the plot. Delia is struggling to save her home while her mom is in the hospital in a coma from a lightening strike to their home. Loved the way Delia requested for help in her church and the parish responded with open hearts and created a barn-raising experience and construction make-over of the home. I
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Words have always had the power to move me. That is probably why I’ve always loved writing. It grounds me.

Besides writing, one of my favorite things is to kayak on the Sassafras River. My family and I spend as much time as we can there during the summer. We catch crabs , fish, practice cannonballs and read. As you can tell….it is not a stressful place.

My first novel, The Summer of Hammers and Ang
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