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Bird Lake Moon by Kevin Henkes
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Jan 30, 09

bookshelves: realistic
Read in July, 2008

Y Mitch and his mom are staying at the lake with his grandparents for the summer, while his parents work out the details of their divorce. He befriends the family next door, who only use their house for summers at the lake, because their eldest child drowned several years ago. The honest emotions, including sadness, loneliness, and anger, will remind many readers of Henkes' "Olive's Ocean," another quiet but memorable summer vacation novel. The little girl next door, Lolly is cute but not entirely believable, but both Spencer and Mitch are middle school male characters with depth. The adult characters are also more complex than is common, since too many "tween" books feature cardboard character adults. the chapters alternate between Mitch's and Spencer's first person voice, although Mitch seems more the main character. Because there is not a lot of action, this is more for the patient or thoughtful reader.

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