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Stained Glass Summer

4.38  ·  Rating Details ·  24 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Twelve-year-old Jasmine adores her photographer Father and wants to be an artist just like him. But when Dad abandons the family, Jasmine is sent to spend the summer with her Uncle on a Pacific Northwest Island. Soon, Jasmine is learning stained glass from island glass artist, Opal, mentoring five-year-old Sammy, and thinking she might just be developing a crush on Island ...more
Published December 30th 2011 by Musa Publishing--Euterpe (first published December 29th 2011)
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The Book Breeze
Jan 14, 2015 The Book Breeze rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story of a young girl determined to follow her passion should enthrall most readers whether they want to be artists or not. Jasmine knows art and loves it, but at 12 years of age she hasn’t found her true artistic medium yet and doesn’t know if she will paint, draw, create collages or what? However, she is vastly influenced by her father. An adult reader can immediately see that he doesn’t have her best interests at heart. He is totally immersed in what he wants to the detriment of those ar ...more
Victoria Simcox
Aug 01, 2013 Victoria Simcox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twelve year old Jasmine admires her father very much; however it is sad that her father doesn’t reciprocate the same feelings toward her, or at least he doesn’t show it. Jasmine wants more than anything to be an award winning artist just like her father and hopefully win his approval, love and affection.

When she enters a school art contest and doesn’t even place she becomes very discouraged. She feels even worse when out of the blue; her father up and leaves her mother and her. Life seems blea
Mar 04, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing
Stained Glass Summer is a strong, stirring debut novel by Mindy Hardwick. Hardwick defly draws us into Jasmine's world with her memorable characters and evocative prose. We eagerly follow along as Jasmine experiences her first crush on Island boy Cole, and explores her relationship with her father, her art and her self. Hardwick's setting on the San Juan Islands of Washington State is rich and authentic. The relationship between Jasmine and little Sammy is heart-warming and revealing. Hardwick's ...more
Jan 06, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
A solid debut novel from an author to watch. I really enjoyed the main character, Jasmine, as she goes through the painful discovery that the father she has idolized is actually a selfish and uncaring man. I also enjoyed Jasmine's relationship with Sammy, a five-year-old who jumps right off the page. Great setting in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, and I loved the details about making stained glass. Good read!
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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Have you ever had a parent you tried so hard to impress, only to always seem to fall short of your goal?

Jasmine is a young girl, trying desperately to emulate her father. She wants his approval and his attention very badly but seems never able to achieve either. Her father is a very self-absorbed photographer who seems to think everyone's world should revolve around him. When he fails, once again, to keep a promise, Jasmine comes home
Sep 29, 2012 Charity rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
REVIEW BY: Angel, age 9 years, 10 months


This book is about a girl named Jasmine who is 12 years old. Jasmine wants to be just like her dad, who is an artist. Jasmine loves art and far her 12th birthday, her dad gives her an art ring. Jasmine's dad tells her that it is a powerful ring. When Jasmine was at school, her dad leaves to go to Africa, so her mother rearranges the house. Jasmine's uncle who lives on an island comes to visit and Jasmine tells him she wants to visit him for t
Dena (Batch of Books)
Stained Glass Summer is about a young girl trying to find herself through her art after her father leaves. She goes to spend the summer with her uncle and learns how to make stained glass art.

I liked quite a bit of this book. The beginning was interesting, and I liked the way Jasmine connected with her art and searched for inspiration. The writing flows smoothly and quickly. It's a fast read and can easily be read in a couple of hours. I liked the growth that Jasmine experiences over the summer
Heather B (Owlnestly Reviews)
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This book is one of those coming of age tales that everyone needs to read when they're in their pre-teens. It is a touching story about Jasmine and her father. Jasmine is left alone by her father and is then sent to a place for the summer. In this story she must overcome her father's abandonment and become her own self. She must learn to become the artist that she truly is. In this, she must also learn what crushes are and how to be the person
Betsy Pauzauskie
Twelve-year-old Jasmine is the daughter of a world renown photographer. And, Jasmine has a devotion to art as well. However, Jasmine's dad is a self absorbed, egotist who is incapable of offering his family the nurturing required to grow and thrive.

In this coming of age story, Jasmine grows as an individual and an artist. She finds strength, self worth and an ability to reach out to help others in this quick and easy read.

My only concern involves the relationship between Jasmine (12 years old)
Serena Yates
interesting story about a twelve-year old girl who starts to understand herself as she begins to see her parents in light of who they really are. Away form home she learns about supporting others and what are the things that are important to her. Making art a priority to the exclusion of all else (like her dad) is suddenly no longer so attractive.

If you're looking for a coming of age story at the beginning of puberty, this is an interesting one to pick.
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Mindy Hardwick is the author of EPIC Ebook Award Finalist in Children's, STAINED GLASS SUMMER, and contemporary young adult romance, WEAVING MAGIC. Her picture book, FINDERS KEEPERS, is a picture book story app from MeeGenius. She also writes sweet, contemporary romance novellas including: NEW YEAR HEART SONG, HALLOWEEN LOVE FORTUNE, VINTAGE VALENTINE, and ROMANCE FOR ALL THE SEASONS. She facilita ...more
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