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The Summer of Permanent Wants

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  16 reviews
A literary adventure story with a classic feel, The Summer of Permanent Wants will delight and engage middle-grade readers.

Emmeline is an 11-year-old who contends with a special problem: after a long sickness she can no longer speak. Her illness left her unable to give words to her thoughts, and she can only use the occasional snatches of sign language. Closed off from her
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by Doubleday Canada (first published May 3rd 2011)
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Dec 27, 2013 Andree rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
This is quietly delightful.

It's not a can't-put-downable book. It's not thilling and intense or I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS.

But it's a quiet, enjoyable, readable book. In spite of some of the many slightly fantastical elements, it's a very real book, a very genuine book. Much like the cruise down the Rideau that the characters take, you just want it to keep going. I started it today and I didn't really stop. I didn't rush through. I didn't skim anything. I just read it.

Ostensibly, this is a book
Heather Pearson
Every person needs a voice to tell his or her story, but first they have to find that story and understand it themselves. Eleven year old Emmeline has lost her ability to speak due to a severe illness she contracted while travelling in Africa. Her grandmother, Teolani McHovec, has invited her to accompany her on her boat, Permanent Wants, this summer. Gran is in the process of renovating the boat into a floating book store and plans to travel along the shores of the Rideau Canal Waterway stoppin ...more
Oct 14, 2011 Jody rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: review
It’s hard to be different, especially for a child. 11-year-old Emmaline has suffered an illness that’s left her unable to speak, and as a result she doesn’t get to spend much time with children her own age. So when her Gran invites her to spend the summer sailing the Rideau Canal on a floating makeshift bookstore, Emmaline is thrilled. This could be her chance to have an adventure and be a part of something bigger than the isolated world in which she spends her days. While her parents are reluct ...more
Amy Brown
(I hate to give this such a low rating, but I'm trying to rate stuff lower so I don't end up with so many books getting four stars.)

This book was fine; I didn't hate it. For some reason it didn't engage me; something about the prose, maybe?

This is an old-fashioned book; it reminded me of the Arthur Ransom and Lucy Boston books. This is generally a good thing, although the use of other cultures as plot devices and metaphors was old-fashioned in a bad way.

I liked that the author didn't serve up t
Jennifer Rayment
The Good Stuff

Canadian setting
Stories are filled with wonderful quirky interesting characters
Sort of an old fashioned simple tale with a modern spin, absolutely beautifully written
Imaginative, whimsical and unusual
Honest and heartbreaking at times, you can understand how frustrating things must be for Emmeline
Story is filled with hope, compassion and acceptance of all sorts of people - nicely done and not done in a goody two shoes sort of way
A perfect book for taking camping or to the cot
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I was a little nervous about starting this, because i had quite high expectations; when i read the back to my mom, she said "so, they wrote this book jsut for you eh?":P It wasn't quite what i expected but i still really really liked it:D I thought it would be more introspective, and about relationships and the "bookship", and it was a bit, but it's more an adventurous fantasy. It's a series of connected shorts, which made it feel a little episodic and glossed over. But it has great writing thr ...more
Annie Kate
Interesting but strange. Not bad, but with so many other books out there, there is no need to choose this one unless you live close to the Rideau Canal. In that case, it's fun, but still strange.
Nov 12, 2011 Emilee rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: kids
This was a wonderful read on a series of cold rainy days. Each chapter is a lovely little summertime gem, and together they make a book that is warm and delightful. There was a certain similarity to Horvath's "My One Hundred Adventures", but this book does have its own personality and charm, and manages to not be oversweet or saccharine about the characters' situations.
This book was cute, it was recommended by my cousin and I was intrigued because the story takes place on a 2nd hand bookstore that is also a boat that travels down the Rideau Canal. It is very whimsical and sweet and I found myself caught up in the crazy stories and wondering what would happen with Gran and Em next.
The Summer of Permanent Wants piqued my curiousity so I entered the first-reads giveaway and was happy to discovery I was a winner! This is a story about the travels of a grandmother and granddaughter during the summer, proving that even though you are "different" you can still contribute to society. :)
Great summer read. A funny and creative collection of small stories connected by adventure and intrigue. I really enjoyed the travels and discovery of the small treasures and nooks and cranies of Canada. A collection of interesting and quirky characters to lighten up the novel
Christine Bélanger
Very interesting small stories. Together, they make a book that can be read cover to cover, but every chapter makes sense by itself. It's the perfect summer book that allows to relax.
This was really enjoyable! It's basically a collection of magical realism short stories.

And I want a summer like this! Maybe without some of the scarier bits.
Very whimsical book set along the Rideau River. I enjoyed it, but I wish the stories within the story had more continuity.
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