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Fans of The Mother Daughter Book Club (Heather Vogel Fredericks) and The Wedding Planner's Daughter (Coleen Paratore) series will fall in love with the humor, classic charm, and very determined heronine of Lindsay Eland's sophomore novel.

When you're the third of six kids, it's easy to get lost in the shuffle, but Sunday Fowler is determined that this summer she'll find the
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by EgmontUSA (first published September 11th 2012)
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Melanie
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Thank you Egmont USA for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.

While not a flawless novel, A Summer of Sundays is an ideal novel for young middle grade readers searching for a light, humorous read. Yes for me, it was not awfully suitable, but if I were to go back two years or so and read this, I can say definitely that I would love this debut to a great extent.

All Summer ever wanted to do was to stand out. Be noticed
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Akoss
Sunday Fowler's story tugged on my heart from the first chapter and held onto it even after I was done reading the book.

I had no idea how it could be like being one of the six or a middle child until I read this book. I'm a first born and always hated it. I hated having to take responsibility for my siblings messing up and what not, but Sunday never got noticed. That was a very hard place for her to be and wanting that to change was what drove the whole story.

Sunday got her chance when she cross
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Crys (The Hodgenator)
As the novel opens, we meet Sunday Fowler, one of six who just wants to be noticed. When her parents stop at a gas station and leave her there, I was convinced I was going to read a ‘Home Alone’ type of story. Instead, I found this to be an endearing tale of an almost twelve-year-old little girl looking for her family to notice her.

Sunday is the “go to” child in the family, the one her parents know they can count on. While this is admirable, it is also tiresome to her. She wants more than just b
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Ms. Yingling
Sunday Fowler is the third of six children, and feels that she is not special. All this will change, she feels, when the family moves to a small town where her father has a job renovating the library. There she makes friends with Jude, and finds letters written to "the librarian" and a manuscript. Sunday suspects that the work is that of famed local author, Wren Lee, who wrote The Life and Death of Birds, but she can't be sure. She and Jude investigate, and find that the event that could bring S ...more
Medeia Sharif
Sunday Fowler is the “middle-of-the-middle-child.” You see this right away in the opening when something tragic yet funny happens. She and her family are moving to a new place over the summer because her father has been hired to remodel a library. On the way there, they leave Sunday at a gas station. They do return, but only because they were going in the wrong direction, not because they noticed she was missing. Sunday vows that this summer she’s going to make her mark on the world.

While helpin
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Heidi
I really enjoyed this book, much more than I expected. Sunday is a middle child and she feels like she's often forgotten in the chaos of family life. But this summer, Sunday determines will be different. She will make her mark in some way making it impossible for her family to forget her like they did at the gas station. While helping her father renovate Alma's library she makes a discovery that she believes will help her in her quest. Her new friend, Jude, is recruited to help Sunday make a sta ...more
Estelle
Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

You may not know it yet but you are probably a lot like Sunday. In most ways. Maybe you’re not smack dab in the middle of six kids in a family but even if you have another sibling, I’m sure your parents or relatives have mixed up your names. Or like me, with three older successful cousins, you can feel inferior sometimes. But I’ll go out on a limb and say you probably fit the bookish part of her. The girl who is so well-read (classics too!) at “a
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Jana
4 chewy brownies.

Cover Love: It's okay. I like the colors and it hints of a mystery but I don;t think it is overly eye catching.

Why I Wanted to Read This:
The synopsis! I was looking for a good middle grade book and this one sounded like the one.

Romance?: Nope, but talk of crushes. And there is a wonderful love story.

My Thoughts:
Sunday will be a character that will resonate with many, many children. She feels invisible within her family and longs to do something that will make her memorable. I t
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Kathleen Pacious
I loved this book! A Summer of Sundays is told through the voice of Sunday, the middle child of six, who feels overlooked, forgotten about, and unimportant. All Sunday wants is to do something important and be recognized for it. But with five other kids in the family, that won’t be likely.

Because of her dad’s work, her family moves to a small town for the summer to renovate the library. One day, in the basement of the library, Sunday discovers a metal box holding a stack of letters and a manuscr
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Kathy Cowie
This book was well written, and appealed to my love for an old-fashioned story. There were several things I did not love about this book, but not enough to make me put it down. I did wonder, as I read it, if my actual middle grade daughters would like or dislike the same things I did, so I will have to follow up after they read it.

For some reason, as I read, I had in my mind the old man and the young boy from the movie “Up”. This is not a bad thing — I loved that movie — but it somehow took the
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Darby Karchut
What a delightful read. A Summer of Sundays by Lindsay Eland is the perfect middle grade book. Since Sunday is a middle child in a large family, her goal is to do something that makes her stand out from the rest of her siblings. However, it was what she didn't do (rather than what she did do) that shows her real character. Loved that about this book. And I kept laughing along the way as I read it every time Sunday's parents called her by one of her siblings' names. As a middle child of seven, I ...more
Linda
I’m not sure how I feel about this book. I enjoyed it but don’t know how many students will. It is a slow moving story about Sunday, a middle child who often feels overlooked by her family. She wants to make her mark on the world and gain recognition. She eventually needs to decide between doing something that would give her the recognition she craves or respecting the privacy of those involved.
Cheryl
Light, sweet, not super substantial or even realistic, but I'm glad there are happy books like this available. A nice loving family, and a young girl coming into her independence, no orphanage or abuse or quest necessary, thank you. I will def. seek more by the author.

Oh, almost forgot to say, would work well for fans of the Penderwicks, by Jeanne Birdsall.
Jo Beth
A lovely gem of a book about a girl named Sunday and her quest one summer to be a stand out amongst
her other siblings. A terrific read!
Melanie Swider
This book is full of mystery, suspense, relationships, and surprises. I will definitely be buying a copy for my classroom!
Natalya
A Summer of Sundays was a fun read. Like most of the books I pick up at the library, it was on display.

Sunday is the middle child of six, and often feels invisible. I gave this book four stars because some of it was either unbelievable, or I just didn't like it. I couldn't imagine parents leaving their child at a gas station on a road trip. I mean, wouldn't you do a head count or something? Also, I didn't like how Sunday (view spoiler)
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Dena (Batch of Books)
Kids that are fans of contemporary, small town settings and mysterious neighbors will enjoy this book. It's a sweet, nostalgic feeling story about a girl that feels lost in her family. I also come from a family of six kids, so I could totally relate to Sunday's desire to stick out. I also loved the way her parents could never remember her name. When families get large, parents tend to get names mixed up. I do it all the time to my own kids and I only have two.

I liked the characters for the most
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Bluerose's  Heart
Summer Fowler is the third of six children. With two older sisters who don't exactly connect with their younger sister, and three younger brothers, she feels a little left out more often than not. When her family helps her dad fix up an old library over the summer, she decides it's time to stand out, so she's never forgotten again.

I'm a middle child myself, although I only have one older sister and a younger brother. I never really connected with either one of them growing up. They'd say the sam
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Chrissy
There wasn't a place I could think of that was more magical than a building bursting with books and stories and words...

When Sunday Fowler's family is uprooted for the summer, to renovate an old library that her father will soon be opening in another town, Sunday unleashes a plan to finally get herself noticed. After all, as the third of six children, Sunday notices that she tends to be forgotten more than her siblings. Her parents even accidentally left her alone at a gas station on the trip o
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Jenny Sawyer
This book bugged me so much! Sunday Annika Fowler is the middle child of six, and this summer, she’s determined to do something to set herself apart. That something ends up involving things near and dear to every agent, editor, and publisher’s heart: a library, and an author, and a mystery box–the contents of which may lead to fame and fortune, or which may end up causing complications (of course). In other words, I can see how this book got published, but honestly, I just couldn’t stand it. For ...more
Alpha
This is a sweet realistic mystery about a middle school age girl, Sunday Fowler, trying to find her own way in the midst of a high-energy family. Her relationships with the reclusive librarian, Ben Folger as well as her hard-working, always patient mother, are the best parts of the book. What Sunday finds out about herself towards the end is important and though somewhat predictable I would have liked more time to savor her new knowledge and reveal alternative possibilities especially as they re ...more
Elissa
I do not come from a large family so I had a hard time with the idea that the parents wouldn't notice one of their kids like this (at the gas station, especially!!) but that didn't stop me from enjoying A Summer of Sundays. I loved Sunday--she was spunky but reserved, smart, and incredibly responsible...and not perfect. You could tell that she has shouldered this responsibility for a while and it was something she noticed and felt her other siblings wouldn't.

I enjoyed the family theme throughou
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Taryn Brittany
This was a fun read that I can see middle grade readers really enjoying. I think anyone with siblings can relate to Sunday's feeling of being overlooked. While the family dynamics were a big part of the story, the mystery added another interesting element to it. I loved the idea of finding a hidden manuscript in the basement of the library--how exciting! It was pretty easy to solve the mystery myself before the characters finally figured it out, though.

Sunday is faced with an ethical dilemma on
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Dee
Sunday feels she is lost amid her 3 brothers and 2 sisters and searches to be recognized. This story intermingles themes of love of reading, family, and friendship, along with a little mystery and some different situations that provide suspense to create a satisfying reading experience.
Kim McGee
Sunday is a middle child in a busy family making her invisible. In her own words - the middle of warm chocolate chip cookies and brownies are wonderful but not being the middle kid. When the family moves to a small town for the summer where her father is restoring the town's library, Sunday will make new friends and will attempt to make her mark. What she will do is solve a mystery and find her place both in her family and out in the world. Sweet read and glorious book references make this a fun ...more
Bookworm007
Definitely better than Scones and Sensibility, though quite similar to Bliss in terms of main heroines who are tired of being overshadowed by her siblings and almost messes everything up when she selfishly tries to pursue a life in the spotlight but ultimately makes things right again.....sort of..........

Overall, the plot was definitely more interesting, (and, dare I say it, heartwarming), than bloody Scones. (Plus funnier, too.) I give Summer 2 and 3/4 stars.
Excalibur Snape
This book was okay.
Even though it is a middle grade book it has a little something for everyone.
It has a story within a story normally I don't like this because I find it confusing this time I didn't because the author didn't it in a way that the stories blended in together perfectly.
The mystery was pretty cool and the character's were relatible.
I liked the little romance story which was blended in with the main story.
I found that Sunday was a little to whiney for my taste.
Though I did fe
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Allison
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Valerie Wohlschlegel
What a lovely book. I loved Sunday Fowler. Even though I'm the oldest of three I totally get not being seen at times. I highly recommend reading this book.
MysticMemories
I'm not sure why, but I didn't really like this book. The main character is a girl named Sunday who has two sisters and three brothers. She is the middle child and also seems to be forgotten about.

Because of this, she decides that she wants to become famous and distinguish herself from the rest of her family. When her family moves, she finds out that she has an old neighbor who is a loner. She decides to befriend him even though he is not interested.

Honestly this book seemed to be Sunday just
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Lindsay Eland knew she wanted to be a writer ever since fifth grade, when she won an honorable mention for her book “What Can You Learn From a Giflyaroo.” The book received rave reviews and was highly acclaimed among her family members. Sadly, with only ten hard-bound copies produced, the book is now out of print. In high school and early college, Lindsay traveled to India and had the privilege o ...more
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