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The Sundown Rule

3.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  30 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Louise and her dad live an idyllic life surrounded by nature. When he gets an assignment to go to Brazil to write an article for a magazine, Louise has to go live in a suburb with her aunt and uncle, leaving her cat, Cash, behind, since Aunt Kay is allergic to animals. Her dad says that it will be for only six weeks, and that everything will be okay. But it isn't, especial ...more
Hardcover, 130 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Namelos (first published January 15th 2011)
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This brief book packs a mighty punch, taking out such difficult concepts as death and religion. In this sense, it reminds me of "Bridge to Terabithia". This is the story of Louise, a young girl, who's grown up living a simple life with her father, who is a ranger, in the woods of Michigan. Her father is called away to write an article for National Geographic in Brazil, and she is sent to live in suburbia with her aunt and uncle. Louise is a huge animal/ nature lover (which really reminded me of ...more
Sylvia Walker
Feb 13, 2014 Sylvia Walker rated it really liked it
This is a lovely book! As a child, I loved being outdoors, and I loved animals, and this young (12-year-old) protagonist does, too. Like the heroine of another of this author's books, "Lizard Love", Lews is refreshingly unlike many of the tweens featured in YA novels. She's compassionate and vulnerable and giving. The adults in the book make mistakes, and are not perfect, but they mean well and they try hard, despite being busy and worried and all-too-human. The animals themselves, the crows and ...more
Sheila Welch
Oct 13, 2011 Sheila Welch rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone but especially kids who love nature and animals
All the wild creatures that Louise captures and lovingly observes must go back to their natural habitats by sundown. This rule was made by her gentle father who works for the Park Service and writes articles about nature.

Louise tells her own story, and this preteen’s first- person voice is perfect. She’s an unusual kid, especially by today’s standards, because she has grown up living in a nearly wilderness setting. In clear detail, she talks about her love for the crows who communicate with her
Emmet O'Neal Library- Children's Department
Lews and her dad love their simple life in a cottage in the woods. While her dad writes articles about nature, she and her cat Cash venture into the woods to explore. She can’t resist bringing her animal finds home with her, but her dad’s rule is that by sundown she has to put them back where she found them. What she really wants is to hold one of the crows that comes to snack in her compost pile, but she knows they’ll never let her get close enough.

Then Lews’s dad leaves for South America to wo
Natalie Cheetham
Jan 14, 2013 Natalie Cheetham rated it it was ok
Shelves: gstba-2013
Both Louise and her dad love nature. Her father's love is demonstrated by his work for the Park Service, and the articles that he writes about nature. Louise demonstrates her love by observing animals in the wild and in home-made habitats, but any animals that she captures must be released by sun-down. Louise is not thrilled when her dad gets an assignment to write an article about jaguars in Brazil and will not let her and her cat, Cash tag along. And, even though she loves her aunt and uncle, ...more
Apr 25, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
Louise's dad made a rule - whatever animal you catch in nature you have to return by sunset. Louise loves animals and nature and loves living with her dad by Marl Lake, with her cat Cash by her side. She's happy and content with the way things are. But her dad gets a chance to write an article for National Geographic and must travel to the jungles of Brazil for the story, so Louise goes to to stay with her aunt and uncle in a manicured suburb with little wild anywhere. She makes a new friend, fi ...more
There's not a lot too this quiet novel about a girl and her love of nature except that: a love of nature. When Louise's father gets a chance to write an article about jaguars for National Geographic, she's thrilled. Unfortunately, she's far less thrilled by the fact that he'll be abandoning her for the summer and she'll have to live with her perfect nice but animal-resistant aunt and uncle. As Louise muddles through the months, she learns how to deal with the death of a beloved pet, a new friend ...more
Apr 21, 2011 Barbara rated it liked it
Louise and her father live a rural life and are very protective of all the animals in their area. When her father gets an assignment to write an article about leopards in Brazil, Louise must stay with her aunt and uncle, leaving her cat at home. She makes a new friend, but her cat gets killed by a car. She must adjust to a new life without animals (her aunt is allergic) while her father is away. Good reading for animal lovers.
I went back and forth on this one before finally giving this one three stars. It was a good book. I just wasn't all that into it, and I feel guilty that I didn't like it more. Well written with well developed characters, this short book offers a lot to discuss like nature and the natural world, life and death, religion and whether or not animals other than human beings have souls.
Jan 30, 2012 Anne rated it really liked it
Shelves: newbery-2012
A quiet book with a low-key plot, but with enchanting descriptions of the natural world and the connections a child can develop with it simply by close observation and opportunity to follow her curiosity. Immediately recommended it to my 12-year-old son who loves animals, and he is captivated by it.
Reviewed for the Emmet O'Neal Library Children's Department. Click here to access the children's portion of the review.
Jan 03, 2011 Betsy rated it liked it
One Sentence Review: Ultimately a very "safe" almost too tame book where no one is mean and bad things happen randomly with no fault to much of anyone.
Jun 06, 2013 Jane rated it really liked it
Good book for nature lovers. Even though a couple animals die, it's about caring for and learning for animals.
Stacy Ford
Aug 02, 2012 Stacy Ford rated it it was ok
This book just didn't grab me, and I'm a nature lover!
Sep 03, 2012 Kathy rated it liked it
Your thoughtful
animal lovers will love it.
Dec 07, 2013 Hannah rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. as well as lizard love
MCPLD Youth Department
Aug 08, 2011 MCPLD Youth Department rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-5th-grade
For the older child interested in nature.
Rich details of the natural world.
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