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Summer Sanctuary

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Matthew knows that this summer is going to be the worst ever. His best friend Kyle is gone, his younger brother Mark has surpassed him in size and athletic ability, and his mother is pregnant for the fifth time. The eldest home-schooled son of a preacher, Matthew plans to bury himself in books about the speed of light and Einstein's Theory of Relativity to see if he can pr...more
Paperback, 193 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Luminis Books, Inc.
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Facing a summer without his best friend, Matthew decided on a summer project using the speed of light and the theory of relativity to try and prove his own theory about the dilation of time. Using the library resources on a daily basis to prove his theory, he met a girl that turns out didn’t really have anyplace to live or anyone to watch over her for a while. Sharing lunch with Dinah everyday, he would bring sandwiches and she would contribute anything she could find, even if it came from the s...more
Sally Kruger
According to Matthew, this summer is going to suck. With his friend Kyle away visiting his grandparents' farm, there won't be anyone to hangout with except his annoying brothers and his pregnant mother. And what's up with that? Aren't four sons enough for one family?

Being homeschooled by his mother and minister father, Matthew decides to throw himself into a science research project so he can spend the long summer at the local library. One of his first days at the library he meets a strange girl...more
Janine Darragh
A sweet little book for middle schoolers- the first I've read that portrays poverty/homelessness in this way- a delicate balance of agency between the girl who is (temporarily) homeless and the home-schooled-preacher's boy.
Laurie Gray's Summer Sanctuary is a wonderfully moving story in which both the shy and studious Matthew and the worldly and tomboyish Dinah grow up so much in just a few short weeks. Matthew meets Dinah, whom he originally thought was a boy, at the library, when she takes his half-eaten lunch out of the trash can and eats it. He's watching from a window inside the library.

While Matthew is intrigued by this girl who has eaten from the trash, Dinah is extremely hesitant to tell her story the firs...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Who doesn't remember what it's like to be stuck at home for the summer with nothing to do and no one to see?

At first, this is the prospect for twelve-year-old Matthew's summer. He wants to be hanging out with his friend, Kyle, going to the movies, or doing anything but what he is really doing - hanging out with his family or working on a summer home schooling project which involves being at the library. Every. Day. What a lame sum...more
I received this book as a FirstReads winner. Thank you, GoodReads, and thank you, Luminis Books!

This is one of those books that is good in ways that have not yet become apparent to me even though I'm done reading. Its long-term impact on me will be evident when I think of it years from now, and realize that my thinking about some subject has been affected by the book. That's one of my toughest measures of a well-written story.

This is also one of those books that are difficult to describe, becaus...more
I won this book in Good Reads First Reads raffle and wonder if they chose me based off of my interests, career and books that I've read! This is a YA novel, somewhat Christian-themed story that takes place in and around a library! I really enjoyed reading this book. It was something I could imagine myself giving my teenage child in the future.

Matthew is one of four- soon to be five- children of a pastor of the local Peace Congregation. He is home-schooled and is required to do a summer project...more
Sahar Sabati
It’s finally summer! I’m delighted to finally have the time to get my hands on some of the books I have been meaning to read for so long.

Because of my work with junior youth (aged 12 to 15), I’m always on the lookout for books that balance realism with high standards, as well as being approachable while not being patronizing. It has been rather difficult; there seems to be a growing market for books that do not have the high standards a junior youth adhering to religious convictions strives for....more
Mindy Detweiler
My Take: I really enjoyed this book. I was curious about it when I first read the summary because I homeschool my daughter and homeschooled my two older children all the way through school. Beside a few spots where the author made Matthew a little naive ( seemed that he was that way because of his being homeschooled, Most homeschooled children that I know are more away of the entire world than the average child their age) I thought that the author portrayed a homeschooled child very well.

I was t...more
Michele Whitecotton
Very fast read, took less than a day thank goodness, I wasn't into this story at all, I thought it was boring and pointless. I'm glad it was a free kindle book.
Destiny Causby
A good quick read
Mary Louise Sanchez
Matthew is a homeschooled PK preacher's kid who plans to spend much of his summer vacation at the library. He wants to study the speed of light and connect it to the biblical story of creation. On his visits to the library he befriends a homeless teenaged girl and offers her a physical sanctuary at his father's church but both characters receive an emotional sanctuary through their friendship. I loved the references to various books and library research and found it refreshing to read about chur...more
I recieved Summer Sanctuary in the Goodreads book contest. Although it was a young reader book,which I'm only young at heart I enjoyed this book very much and will be giving it to a grandaughter that I know will enjoy it.

Summer Sanctuary keeps you very envolved in the main character,Matthew and Dinah. I truly enjoyed this book.
This is a FirstReads giveaway book. The lesson I learned was a sanctuary is often found in unexpected places by people with whom we have little in common. A sanctuary isn't always a PLACE of safety, but involves friendship and trust. This young adult novel is one I would recommend for others.
Al Riske
This is a great book for middle-grade readers. It has a lot of heart and a great deal of soul, and author Laurie Gray throws in her gentle humor at no extra charge.
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An experienced trial attorney and child advocate, Laurie Gray is the founder of Socratic Parenting (, co-creator of Token of Change™, and a consultant for Sophie’s Café ( Laurie earned her B.A. from Goshen College and her J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She also works as an adjunct professor of criminal sciences for Indiana Tech and...more
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