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Summer of the Wolves (Sisters in All Seasons #1)

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Stepsisters, yes. Friends? Maybe …

I smelled the wolf now—sharp and musky. I scanned the pen and saw a shadow behind one of the bushes that might be another wolf. Probably two of the most miserable looking creatures I’d ever seen.” –from Summer of the Wolves

Stephanie and Diana are having a hard time adjusting to life as new stepsisters.  The girls “pretend” to like each ot
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 2012 by Zonderkidz (first published April 24th 2012)
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
{Welcome to Teen Week! Every quarter we're going to try and do a Teen Week! A week where every weekday has a new review of a Christian book written just for teens! This week will be a little different with a new review and an updated review on Friday! You’re reading the second one of this quarter's! :) } {Day 1 Here!}

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“Stepsisters, yes. Friends? Maybe...
Stephanie and Diana are having a hard time adjusting to life as new stepsisters. The girls 'pretend' to like each other, but it
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I remember reading this book a few years ago. It was awesome! I loved the story about the two girls and the wolves. It was cute, unique, and surprisingly, wonderfully written! Highly recommended.

Content: G- Tense/semi violent moments, maybe a kiss, no language
Brooke Banks
I won this in a First Reads Giveaway.

This book was cute, sweet, touching and flows nicely. It was an okay read which I finished in one sitting. The characters and stories were well enough done. There was definitely some character progression in here. I think middle schoolers will love this book more than I did. I think it's okay but for me, it was missing something to really like it and get into. I think it's just because I'm older. I usually go for the more hard hitting young adult books for o
Majibookshelf Juhina & Farah
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Summer of the Wolves is the first book in the "Sisters in all Seasons" series, and it was just what I needed. A chill, cute, and fun contemporary book that never bored me. The writing was never confusing, and the flow of the book was great. It sort of felt like realistic fiction to me, because it talked about the relationship between the two step sisters, and their struggle to accept the reality of them becoming one family.
First off, I would like to say that I loved the idea of portraying it fro
Melissa Haggerty
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was first completely interested in this book because of the wolves. I quickly realized that this book is so much more. Kline did a wonderful job of showing the difficulties in merging families.

I loved both Stephanie and Diana. There is no way I could pick one as a favorite because they were both appealing characters in different ways. I enjoyed Diana's love of animals so much. She may have had her issues but she was amazing with the animals. Stephanie was just so sweet. She tried hard to be f
Ann Campanella
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lisa Williams Kline is one of my favorite young adult authors. In Summer of the Wolves we meet two step sisters who are so real they could walk off the page. The story is exciting and fun, and the sisters learn a lot about themselves and each other through these pages. This is a fantastic series! My daughter has read these books over and over. And I love reading them, too!
Carol Baldwin
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellently written middle grade book for girls from two points of view. Kept my interest--I wanted to know what happened-- and ended with hope. So important for books for young people! Looking forward to reading "Wild Horse Spring"
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Really good. Will read the next one soon.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Apr 20, 2012 rated it liked it

Stephanie and Diana are having a hard time adjusting to life as new stepsisters. The girls “pretend” to like each other, but it’s pretty hard considering they are complete opposites.
When their new family takes their first-ever vacation to a horse ranch in North Carolina, not even long horse-back rides in the forest can tame their tempers. Diana’s anger issues and Stephanie’s fear of everything prove disastrous, until Diana discovers the caged wolves in the deep
"Summer of the Wolves" I think makes a decent middle grade story about two very different girls - Stephanie and Diana, who spend a summer with their family at a horse ranch. The story shows a fragmented family trying to adjust to their new lives and find time to bond, even in consideration the growing pains of having to get along with each other and taking into consideration that one of the girls (Diana) has a mood disorder. The two girls eventually find a bond and actually end up freeing two wo ...more
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This review was originally posted on my book blog: Written By Brittan

Summer of the Wolves is a cute and meaningful book, that will stick with you even after your finished reading. This book is great for all ages, it doesn't feel like it is a middle grade. This book has a really great message, and a great and creative way to tell it.

This book is written in alternating point of views of Diana and Stephanie. Diana's mom married Stephanie's Dad. They all go on a family vacation to a horse ranch. Ste
I received this book for free through First-reads, so thank you to the author/publisher for sending me this advanced reading copy.

This is a story about 2 young girls that have absolutely opposite personalities, and suddenly find themselves being step-sisters. Their parents just recently were married, and they are on their first "family vacation". Diana is a troubled girl, that has trouble using a filter (meaning whatever she is thinking is blurted out) Stephanie is the people pleaser, appears pe
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
This is a condensed version of my review. The extended version can be found here.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this copy.

I love christian fiction and I love young adult fiction, so going into this novel I had some high expectations.

I loved Lisa's writing style from the very first page. She wrote in a way that left me captivated with the characters and their stories. Diana and Ste
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, j-fiction
The thing that first drew me to this book wasn't the subject matter, but the writing style. I picked it off the shelf and flipped through it, then hardly wanted to put it down. It doesn't read like it is for a juvenile audience or talk down to the reader at all. I love that enough about the book that I am going to take a look at the other ones as well.

The story started out strong, and I had a feeling that the author wasn't sure where it was going, but as soon as it locked into a theme, it suffer
Laurie Franco
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was an awesome start to a series! I love how the chapters take turns giving the perspective of both girls, one for Diana and one for Stephanie. I thought it was great the way Stephanie was really trying to get along with Diana and how Diana finally gave in and started being nicer to her. I only wish the author gave more details on what the deal was with Diana's father. Clearly something was up, but you're just kind of left wondering what was going on that he was being so rotten. Hopefully I ...more
Aug 31, 2012 rated it liked it
I think this is a great book for young teens. After reading this book, I am giving it to my niece who is 12 & I think she will be able to relate to Diana because my niece loves horses also. The book does not lag & keeps a nice pace to keep young readers interested. I did not realize this was a series & now I want to read the next one to see what becomes of the wolves (if that is included in the next book?). I was a little concerned about the medications that Diana had to take but tot ...more
Karen Fowler
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Although I don't read much in the way of Young Adult (especially the very-young kind) I couldn't help but falling in love with this story and the girls, so much so that my often angst-ridden early teen years floated to surface in my mind and I understood how the girls were feeling and thinking. To me, that means the author Lisa Williams Kline not only did her job with this book, but did it exceedingly well.

I didn't feel like I was reading a book about two young girls who are suddenly step siste
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it

My first impression of this book was a bit of amazement this book is recommended as for ages 9-12 but I loved it! Two girls, close in age are brought together by marriage, into a new family they are not familiar with. The book is written back and forth from their points of view. Diana is impulsive and a bit out of control, while Stephanie follows all the rules and is timid and fearful of the thing Diana loves the most, horses.
The girls bond together with a night out in the woods with the wolves
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This gave me lots to think about and I like the way it did it. The feelings of both 8th grade girls are presented every other chapter, so you see one event through one girl's eyes, then the next chapter is the other giving you her reaction to the previous event, or in typical teenage fashion a new subject, new thing happening, or new thing to stress about!

I have a daughter turning 13 this year, I think this will be a wonderful book for her to read, it has animals and step-mom/dad issues. Both o
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for middle school age. (I'd probably classify it as the juvenile section in the library) I really enjoyed reading it-finished it in a couple of hours. It's focused around 2 eighth grade newly step sisters going on family vacation with their parents. The girls have very different personalities and its a learning experience for the whole family adjusting the new family situation and relating to each other-trying to find their niche in this new family, as well as their place in ...more
Jan 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fiction
Summer of the Wolves tells the story of two step-sisters brought together to achieve a common goal. This was a fast, easy read with good character development and pacing. It was also exceptionally researched -- I loved all the information about wolves and Cherokee lifestyle and history. And I really loved the setting, which was described wonderfully.

If I were rating this book solely for young adult readers, I would give it four stars, but reading as an adult, I found it just lacked a little some
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mature kids ages 13 and up
Four stars because I had to skip pages 212 to 217 I don't understand why children's authors write these parts when if this book were a movie it would be rated PG 13 because of those scenes, or pages since its a book. Spoiler warning if you don't want to know what happens don't read the next sentences parents who are reading this to see if this book is appropriate for your child or teens reading this review to see if you want to read this book please read the next sentence.

If you have a daughter
Pam Torres
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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The best thing about this book are the characters. I've read books before that have alternating POV between characters and often you would have to check back to see who was talking. You won't have this problem because Diane and Stephanie are well defined with unique voices. I also really liked the Native American culture slipped in throughout. The friendship that forms between the sisters is authentic and multifaceted just like th
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
I entered (and won) the goodreads giveway because of the wolves. Even though that was only a small part of the book, I really enjoyed it overall. It was a great story about two very different girls coming together against the odds. The story was told in alternating perspectives of Stephanie and Diana. In some books it can become confusing or make it harder to connect with characters but it worked perfectly in this book. I would not hesitate to give this book to anyone working through the struggl ...more
Nicole Trott
Oct 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
*I received this book for free from Good Reads First Reads*

This book was good for what it was which is a kids novel. It demonstrated how to correct a problem or mistake you have done and that family bonds and love prevails through all. All and all if I were still a twelve year old I would have really enjoyed this book because I have a sister as well. There is nothing like being a kid and exploring the outdoors with the added bonus of riding horses and meeting some hybrid wolves.
Angelina Justice
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, ya, christian
This is a quick feel-good read. The story is full of lessons about perspective and growth. Delightfully, there are also learning moments for the adults.

The closeness that evolves between characters happens in a realistic way and the voices of the two girls are authentic.

I love that there is a theme of balance in all things throughout this story.

This book is well suited for 4th through 6th grades.
C.J. Darlington
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was looking for a solid YA novel to pass a few hours, and I found it in Summer of the Wolves. Plus I love horses and animals, so that was an added draw. One of the main characters did seem a bit bratty at times, but once you got into her story you realized how she got that way. Nice details about animals... a great start to a series I hope to continue reading. Teens will enjoy!
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Summer of the Wolves was a very good book about the blending of 2 families. I enjoyed reading how the 2 teenage girls battled it out in their new relationships as "sisters". It had a few good lessons to be learned as well. I have given it to my granddaughter to read and I think she will really like it as well. Thank you Lisa Kline for the good read and thank you Goodreads for the free book!!
Alex Owens
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
Great little YA book about cobbled-together families, the bonds of sisterhood, set against the backdrop of a family vacation where wolves are penned up and appear to be miserable. Entirely clean and uplifting, enough for my 10 year old daughter to read.
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