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At The Meriwether, Florida's famous antebellum hotel off of Hope Springs, nothing is quite as it seems. Secret staircases give way to servants' quarters and Prohibition-era speakeasies make for the perfect hide-and-seek spot. Allie Jo Jackson knows every nook and cranny of The Meriwether—she's lived there her whole life—and nothing surprises her, until the first time she s...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Walker Childrens
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Angela
In "The Summer of Moonlight Secrets," by Danette Haworth, Allie Jo Jackson lives at the Meriwether Hotel in Hope Springs and there are many secrets there. There are secret staircases going up to the nanny quarters, and Allie Jo goes there every day. But the biggest secret Allie Jo and her friend Chase has to keep is Tara, the mysterious girl who hides from people. She is shy and she is keeping something from them. In the story, Allie Jo and Chase bond with Tara, and they become best friends! On...more
Kimberley Little
A delightful book with a mystery, an old hotel (loved the setting!) and a girl with a secret . . . I want to be Allie Joe's best friend and Tara's best friend and swim with manatees!
P.Q. Glisson
Jul 05, 2010 P.Q. Glisson rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to P.Q. by: ARC, won in contest
Danette Haworth wrote a very sweet book that alternates between three different POV's. I would recommend to anyone who wants to relive the innocence of youth, believing in the unbelievable, and the bittersweetness of first love.

Alli Jo lives in the Meriwhether Hotel where her parents work. She has her own duties around the hotel which is steeped in mystery and hidden passages. She is somewhat of an outcast (they've dubbed her "hotel rat") from the rest of the kids who live in the area. Her only...more
Courtney
Jun 20, 2010 Courtney added it
Shelves: 2010, mg-fiction
Danette Haworth's novels just have an undeniable sweetness about them that makes them impossible not to love. They are also the perfect read-alouds, if you're in the business of reading books out loud to people! Like, the business of parenthood or baby-sitting!

Anyway, Danette's debut, Violet Raines Almost Got Struck By Lightning, blew me away with its zest and certain coming-of-age elements that reminded me of a less tragic (but as heartrending) My Girl. Summer of Moonlight Secrets carries with...more
Danette
Loving old historic houses--or even better, ABANDONED old houses, I loved using historic Floridian hotels as the inspiration for the once grand Meriwether, the hotel in which the story takes place. Florida bubbles over with natural springs, which lure flocks of manatees each winter. But its summer now, and it's not a manatee who visits.

Allie Jo lives at the hotel and makes friends with Chase, a guest. Together they discover living in the abandoned upper floors, an enigmatic teenage runaway with...more
Vincent Stoessel
This is a review from my 10 yo daughter:
''Loved the story, loved the ending!!!''
Leslie Santamaria
Once again, Haworth delivers a well-written, engaging novel for middle graders (and we adults who love middle grade literature!). The story unfolds smoothly from three points of view: 11-year-old Allie, 13-year-old Chase, and 16-year-old Tara. Each character grapples with secrets and everyday problems. Allie is bullied by a group of mean girls who make fun of her for living in a hotel. They call her poor, but the cool old hotel she lives in with her parents, who run the place, is a rich experien...more
Sandie
Good story....not as gripping for me as I would like but still a very good book for young readers. I absolutely was thrilled to see a fantasy book for kids that was not about vampires, werewolves, fairys or mermaids. I love storys about all those things, very much. But the creature this author chose to write about is not one I have read many stories about and it was a very nice change.
Little bit of suspense, particularly in the last few chapters. This book is written much like James Patterson h...more
Meagan
This book was about a girl who lives in a historical hotel, a boy who stays there while he and his father are on a trip and a mystertious girl who can't go home becasue of a man who is searching for her so he can put her on TV and become rich and famous. It is set in the 1980's, but it wasn't so time-specific. I really liked this book I thought it was interesting and original. I was expecting the character to be a mermaid like most authors would probably have her be, but instead this author was...more
Bayla
Buzzwords: alternating POV, friendship, selkies/mermaids, loneliness, loyalty, secrets, family, romance (light)

For a book with a paranormal twist, the paranormal/fairy tale stuff was surprisingly mild. Mostly this was realistic fiction - Allie Jo lives in a Florida hotel where her parents work, and is pretty lonely, teased by the popular girls for 'not having a home' and for being poor. Nevertheless, she is confident, happy with her life, her loving family, and taking charge of tours, guests, an...more
Kendra
The Summer of Moonlight Secrets is about Allie Jo who lives at the Meriweather hotel in Florida. One day, while hanging out at the pool at night, she sees this beautiful girl with flawless features, flawless hair, a flawless everything. The girl disappears before Allie Jo gets to fully meet her. Then, a boy named Chase comes, and after a series of events, Allie Jo and Chase become friends(just friends, mind you). Both of them know about the mysterious new girl at the hotel, and they have to keep...more
Kristi
Danette Haworth is one of my new favorite authors. If I were a kid again, she would be my new Judy Blume.

I absolutely loved this book for its folklore-esque style. Each chapter alternates between Allie Jo, Chase and an italicized mystery observer. I really loved how the POV of this book added to the story itself.

As I was reading this book, I really wanted to be a kid in a big, abandoned place with secret passages. This book is full of adventure, intrigue and fun!
Ryan
A surprisingly good, very sweet story, told in alternating chapters by Allie Joe, who lives at the Meriwether Hotel and knows all its secrets; Chase, visiting for the summer with his father, a writer; and Tara, who climbs out of the water one night, fully clothed. All three are lonely in their own way, and they discover each other and unexpected friendship. Nothing is really fixed at the end, which is a pleasant way for the story to end.
Krissy
This book was great.not only did it tell the story but it told the story from different points of view.this is a book any one might be interested in.If I were you I would go to your library and check this book out.the main charcters are Chase,Allyjo and Tara.The setting was a hotel that Allyjo lived in.

Danette Haworth is a great author.i can't wait to see if she wrote any other books.
Paige
the summer of moonlight secrets was an amazing book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! from fun to terror this book is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i reccomend that you read this book! mt favorite part was the end it went from calm to a little scary. the end of the book was about... oh wait i don't want to spoil it for you
Jo and Hali
May 22, 2011 Jo and Hali is currently reading it
I am in the middle of this book and so far it is great. Its about a girl that lives at a hotel with her mom and dad and she meets this boy named Chase, and a girl that doesn't tell anyone her name or where she came from. If you want to know more about this girl read the book.
Elfiegirl
This was a good book. 100%. If there is something wrong with this book it is beyond my mind.
I love this in depth plot with old fashioned characters, strange surprises and funny dialogue--it is everything a book should be.
Augusta Scattergood
Loved the setting and the mystery involving the Selkie girl. A good recommendation for kids figuring out the whole "mean girls" thing, plus an innocent love interest from a boy's POV. Completely enjoyed reading this one.
Sofia
I read this book about 2 years ago after purchasing it at my schools Scholastic Book Fair. I was super excited to open it up and begin reading because I was so fascinated by the cover. This book did not fail to please me at all. The Summer of Moonlight Secrets is written in mainly two peoples perspectives - main characters Chase and Allie Jo - with a mix of the mysterious selkie girl, Tara. Together, they help Tara return to the sea while trying to stay under the radar. This also has a small rom...more
Syd
I really liked how the author described everything and made it all so real. I also like how the author put the poor girl, show offy girl and her group of friends, and the cute boy.
+ Dragonfly+
This was such a cute book. I really loved it. Kids at a summer resort become friends, one lives there while the others are on vacation. One has a special secret! Check it out.
Farah Alam
This book is amazing and has many mysteries to reveal. Allie Jo and her friends discover a strange thing about a girl named Tara. You won't want to stop reading.
Makenzie
It is a wonderful, fast paced mystery with twists and turns of all sorts and suspense around every corner! A great book for mystery fans of all kinds!
Nha-Thi
This was really good book! I expected most things that happened in this book so nothing was that big of a shock to me but it was still good
Magstah
This book was great. I am recommending it to Maddy for book club. You MUST read it! It is good for boys and girls!
Alissa Bach
A really sweet coming-of-age story about friendship. Danette Haworth did a beautiful job with this one!
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
Is this really a fantasy book? That's the big question. Read it for yourself and decide.
Heather
An enjoyable and believable fantasy. One of those stories that you felt could really happen.
Amaya
awesome!!!!! I would recommend it to everybody! PAGE TURNER!
Rose
This book was filled with suspense and was a really good book.
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