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Sand Dollar Summer

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Twelve-year-old Lise watches her safe world fall apart when her strong, self-reliant mom is injured in a car accident. To recuperate, Mom takes Lise and her bright little brother to live in a rattletrap house on the beach in Maine for the summer. Although her mother grew up there, this is Lise's first experience with the ocean. She's terrified by what may be lurking in the...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published May 9th 2006)
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May 09, 2009 Audrey rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
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Yesterday I finishes reading Sand dollar summer by Kimberly K. Jones. One word. Wow! I couldn't put this book down, it was fantastic. Yesterday I read until 12:05 at midnight. A book that can keep you up that late must be a good one. This book wasn't the best book I have ever read in my life. But I'm pretty sure it's the one which got me into reading in the first place. It struck me right in the heart. It was a book I can never forget. It's a really light and bleezy read. It is a children's book...more
Sep 01, 2007 Underwater added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: folks round about 13
I don't feel I can really give this book a rating, because it was written by the mother of one of my closest friends, and so I'm therefore biased. I'm also biased in the other direction, because I'm not in its target audience--it's for folks round about 13. I did enjoy it quite a bit, even though I was 18, and I think someone younger would really appreciate it.
This book was okay, but after the first few chapters, it just got dull.

Lise and her family have to up and move to Maine, in a cabin. On the beach. With nothing to do. Lise learns the best way of thinking, which is positively, and that she mustn't waste her life on moaning and groaning.

Lise is a whiner. The first few chapters were wonderful, I liked how she was described as strong and wonderful, with patience. When they moved to main, though, she became one of the great whiners of the world. I co...more
Prairie Star
When Lise's playful, free-spirited mom is injured in a car accident, it sets off a chain of events that will forever change Lise and her family's life. They go to a island in Maine where her mom grew up as her mom recovers from the accident. Lise is sure that the summer will be a total bore and longs for her friends back home. And while the summer vacation is not everything she hoped it would be, in the end she discovers that she is as resilient as the small, fragile sand dollars that she finds...more
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The story is about the relationships that the main character, Lise, has with her mother and brother; an old Native American man named Ben; and the ocean. Lise's mother takes her two children to the coast of Maine for the summer, where she grew up, after she is the victim of a serious car accident. There, Lise learns more about her mother, growing up, and letting go. The story is thoughtful without being preachy.
Candice tossed this one my way when I yelled, "I need a book! I am sick and tired of reading professional literature!" it tells a sweet, realistic story of an 11 yr old girl, the 6 year old selectively mute brother she adores, and their beautiful, independent mom. I could totally remember feeling like Lise at that age, and now I can totally relate to mom's feelings as well. Ah.
Uggh... I got so bored of this book I didn't even finish it... halfway maybe? Well... it's not THAT bad but it bored me to the extremes that I couldn't even pick it up and finish it...
this is a great book. it is very sad at the end. many families can relate to this story and family problems. if you haven't read this yet you should.
Hunter Quist
The book, Sand Dollar Summer by Kimberly K. Jones was well written and was very touching and inspirational. This book is about two kids, a twelve-year-old girl named Lise and her younger brother Free who is five. When their mother Annalise became pregnant with Free their father left, because he decided he didn't have the money, time, or energy to take care of his family anymore. This caused Lise and Free to become very close to their mother. Annalise was a very strong independent single mother b...more
In this book, it is about 2 kids that live a pretty normal life. One day their mom had a tragic accident and it changed all of their lives. Now Lise (one of the main characters) loves to go swimming; she is practically a fish, but her and her brother, free, have never been to the ocean before. The mother decides to move to Maine because thats where she learned to walk once and thats where she wants to learn to walk again. This is a very good book and i recommend it if you want to feel many diffe...more
Clare Cannon
A worthy storyline that falls a little flat, Sand Dollar Summer is about a girl whose mother has a car accident, after which they spend some time at the beach over the summer for her to recuperate. It has a mildly preachy tone with explicit references to lessons learned, and yet the wisdom overall seems a little empty.

Lise's mother was a 'cool mom' before the accident, always entertaining her two kids and living life to the full. After the accident, however, she turns into a kind of 'weird lady'...more
Sand Dollar Summer By: Kimberly K. Jones

The book I read for my optional summer reading book was Sand Dollar Summer. This book involves a girl named Lise,her little brother and her mom. Recently Lise's mom got in a car crash and was injured very badly with cuts and bruises. She is now going to have to be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life just because of one car crash.Once Lise's mom got in this accdent she decides she no longer wants to live in the place she called home. She want...more
Vivian Ta
How can I put this book into one word? Just amazing. It was like an emotional roller coaster for me, especially around the end.
The story revolves around a mom, girl, and boy, all related going through a heck of a lot of problems. Their names were Mom, Lise, and Free. Her mom got into a car accident, but thank goodness she was okay, besides the injury part. They then go to the beach to help her recover, and let her remember her memories here where she grew up. They meet some old friends while...more
After her single Mom is injured in a car accident, twelve year old Lise faces a summer of confusing and frustrating adjustments when her family moves into a beach shack.
Lise is unhappy with her circumstances, her mother’s physical condition and change in attitude, and not sure about her Mom’s high school sweetheart being a productive part of their lives.
Lise risks her own life during a hurricane in hopes of saving the life of her friend, Ben. And comes to terms with her family dynamics.
The touc...more
Saddleseat Sammi
This was a depressing book. The title depressed me, the cover depressed me, the story depressed me. It wasn't well written, it was one of those books whose climax was WAY out of proportion with the rising action. A book about a gloomy summer and a recently crippled mother shouldn't conclude with the horrific drowning of a favored character and the near death of a few of the main characters. Some interesting things here and there, but overall I don't recommend it.

I will admit, however, that the...more
Jenelle Frey
I thought the book Sand Dollar Summer by Kimberly K. Jones was good but I honestly do not think it was amazing. I only gave this book three stars mainly because it was super easy to read for my age. I think some in about middle school would enjoy it very much. I think it was main for middle school aged kids, but I just went ahead and read it anyways. I thought it was a good book but I don't think it was anything to brag about. I think the kind of reader that should read this book is someone who...more
this book is about Lise's summer at her mother's hometown. The new thing for Lise is that the homwtown is covered by ocean. She is terrified because this is the first time she has the experience with the ocean. She feels so lost and desperate because of how her mother changes, and how her life is being turn up side down.

What a wonderful book! It started so smoothly and suddenly pulled me back. I could understand Lise's feeling when she first lived in Maine. It was totally different from what she...more
Bailey Roehrich
I really liked this book! Madi recomended this book to me saying that it was really good and that she liked it and that I probably would too, well she was right. This book is about these little kids mom who got in a car accident and is in the hospital. The little girls leave there older sister and and take a taxi to the hospital so they can see there mom. The older sister finds out they left and she was so worried about them she started looking every where. She finally found them at the hosptal...more
Amazing classroom read! Jam packed with plot changes, characterization, figurative language, with room for all middle school students to connect to it, as well. Well written. A strong, witty female lead.
This is an incredible story about change and growing up and realizing that life isn't ever going to be easy and that you have to be prepared for whatever it throws at you. I really connected with the characters, especially Lise - she's confused about who she is and scared for her mom, scared that nothing will be the same again. I liked how she was afraid of the ocean at first but gradually learned to love it. I'm one of those sappy people who cries at the simplest things, so it might not mean an...more
Nicole M.
I really liked this book. It was full of imagery and sensory detail. However, I found some parts of this book slightly confusing. Overall it was a wonderful book!
Suzanne Dix
Loved it. Quick read. The main character is absolutely worth rooting for and the story line unfolds nicely. Great read for any middle school student.
I was uninterested in this book from the beginning. It was slow in the beginning and didn't get better as I went on, so I gave up on it.
Really sweet book that drew me in right away. I intended to scan it to preview it for my daughter but ended up reading the whole thing.
Well-written book. Subject matter could easily have been cloying or trite, but it was written in an original, engaging and honest manner. Felt real.
Nora White
This book was amazing it was so sad. I wish that everyone would get a chance to read this book.
I thought this book was amazing. Towards the end I did cry, because they turned into happy tears
When Lise's playful, free-spirited mom is injured in a car accident, it sets off a chain of events that will forever change Lise and her family's life. They go to a island in Maine where her mom grew up as her mom recovers from the accident. Lise is sure that the summer will be a total bore and longs for her friends back home. And while the summer vacation is not everything she hoped it would be, in the end she discovers that she is as resilient as the small, fragile sand dollars that she finds...more
I've gotta be honest- when the cover said 'Don't ever doubt that a mere second can change your life forever,' I felt like I was waiting for that big moment the whole book. BUT, I really did enjoy this book alot! There were some great moments when I smiled and read a certain part again. I particularly loved the quote, "The time to quit is before you wish you had." I think that says alot. Sand Dollar Summer did get a little more exciting towards the end- but I was still left feeling that I wanted...more
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