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The Summer I Saved the World . . . in 65 Days

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,064 ratings  ·  240 reviews
It's summertime, and thirteen-year-old Nina Ross is feeling kind of lost. Her beloved grandma died last year; her parents work all the time; her brother's busy; and her best friend is into clothes, makeup, and boys. While Nina doesn't know what "her thing" is yet, it's definitely not shopping and makeup. And it's not boys, either. Though . . . has Eli, the boy next door, a ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Wendy Lamb Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was an adorable, quick read to kick off anyone's summer list. The back cover says, "One summer. One Girl. One Plan" How fitting! Nina Ross is feeling at loose ends as summer begins, the first without her Grandma, who lived with the family on their cul-de-sac before she died. When she clandestinely plants her neighbor Mrs. Chung's marigolds, Nina's summer plan is hatched, almost without her knowing it. Sixty five days of summer mean 65 good deeds for the wonderful characters that inhabit Nin ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This was a light-hearted, fun book about a girl who decides to honor her grandmother by doing one kind thing a day for the people in her neighborhood. It was a sweet, quick read. Perfect for a summer day.
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A sweet, realistic book about transitions, friendships and goodness.
Popsugar challenge 2017: a book that's been on your TBR list for way too long
Jan 25, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a cute book with a sweet message. A young girl decides to do some good in her neighborhood by doing 65 anonymous good deeds. This stirs up some trouble, some romance, and some fun in the lives of the young Nina as well as her neighbors. The plot was fun, and very light and I would recommend this to a tween.
Holly Schindler
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A truly lovely contemporary MG. Features a great sense of community. It's also great, in this era of the "princessification" of young girls, to see a female character more interested in what she does than how she looks. Absolutely recommend.
Gata Leitora / Cat reader
Do you know that book you read and sure that your life will not be the same after reading it? That kind of book that fills you with hope? A book that even before you finish will indicate for everyone?

Perfect, is not it? More than perfect !

Nina has lived in the same neighborhood since she was little and grew up with Eli and Jorie, her inseparable friends .... or so she thought ... until the beginning of that summer. Eli has problems with the loose father who always leaves the family. Jorie is mor
Emma Betker
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Definitely an adorable read, especially with summer rolling around the corner. With a cute summer romance and dealing with friends, it's the perfect description of the difficulties with transferring into high school. An added plus with crazy neighbor and family struggles, it's a very relatable book. With wanting to do something small, little and good in the neighborhood each day, it ends up ringing everyone together to have an amazing summer. I'm thinking about trying it :)
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story. I believe in the power of good, and this author does a great job making her characters come fully alive. Ms. Weber uses a comfortable style to aspire to in my own fiction. Kudos to the author for making me fall in love with Nina, Eli and Jorie like I was back in the summer before middle school myself. I have also read her other book, Calli Be Gold and can't wait to see what she comes out with next.
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was a cute middle grade contemporary, and I have nothing else to say about it! :)
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
3rd quarter 4th choice book
I LOVED this book it is about a girl named Nina that is doing 65 good things for people around her
cul-de-sac. I really liked how this book had lots of things going on with Nina doing her 65 good things, her friend Jorie trying to get Eli to ask her to prom, Nina joining art class and making a new friend, and Jorie trying to find Nina a date to prom. Then at the end a big thing changes and changes the book. I also like how Nina is doing her 65 good things and does not
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm winding down on my 2018-2019 Iowa Children's Choice reading list, and this was a pleasant little surprise. I'd heard nothing about it and am unfamiliar with the author, but it was really enjoyable. It was nice to read a book about a middle schooler doing good deeds just because she can--and watching the ripple effect it has on her neighborhood is lovely. There's some cliche here--a little tween romance, a little friend drama, and a little "finding yourself"--but the story is so sweet.
Aubrie Wade
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Choice book 1 Quarter 4

I really liked this book. Nina is a sweet girl who had a big character change. She went from not wanting to do anything this summer to someone who makes a big difference. Everyday, one small action of kindness changed her cul-de-sac. And she did it all in secret! My favorite character is Nina (of course) but I also love Thomas. He just has this cute little kid personality that reminds me of when I was little! This book has inspired me. I've decided that this summer I will
Lisa-Books Smiles
It's been some time since I've read a middle grade book and this did not disappoint. I fell in love with the main character Nina. Nina has inspired me to remember that tiny acts of kindness can make a world of difference in others lives.
Reading is my Escape
Does doing good make a difference?  

This summer, Nina decides to change things. She hatches a plan. There are sixty-five days of summer. Every day, she'll anonymously do one small but remarkable good thing for someone in her neighborhood, and find out: does doing good actually make a difference? Along the way, she discovers that her neighborhood, and her family, are full of surprises and secrets.
- from the book jacket

It all starts with a high school teacher and Nina's neighbor. Mrs. Chung can't
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nina Ross is a bored thirteen year-old. It’s summer, a time most teenagers yearn for, but with her parents working all the time, her brother ignoring her most of the time, and the death of her grandmother the past year, Nina isn’t having the time of her life. That is until Nina sees her neighbor, Mrs. Chung, struggling with her flowers and decides to help out. Without ever letting Mrs. Chung know, Nina plants the flowers and realizes that one act of kindness can change a person’s day. Nina’s sum ...more
Kiran Galsinh
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nina normally would have been excited for the summer this year is just not the year. Her grandma died last year, her parents are busy with work, and her brother is either at school or at the pool. On top of that her best friend's personality has changed and she is now into BOYS, makeup, and shopping. Nina definitely isn't like Jori, but the more she thinks about maybe she is. This summer Nina decides to put happiness into her neighbors lives. Her plan is to do at least one good thing, anonymousl ...more
Elizabeth Meadows
I read this because it was chosen as one of the Florida Sunshine State Young Reader Award Finalists for 2016-2017 school year. (SSYRA)
This could easily turn out to be my favorite book of 2017. The Kirkus Review on the front says it is an "unabashedly feel-good story" and that is no lie! I loved this book so much. I am a slow reader and yet I read it easily within a 24 hour period. The words just flew off the page and I can't say enough good things about it.

The story is about a teenage girl who
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a really cool book. It shows the importants of being kind and doing good deeds for other people.
"And what if the solution is just ... good. Plain, simple, small good things, so unnoticed, so unremarkable that they're remarkable. And what if ordinary people could be heroes?"

Nina Ross is an old soul, according to her grandmother. She lives in a cul-de-sac, where she and best friends, Jorie and Eli, have grown up together. As she is heading into her summer break before her freshman year of high school, she is thinking about her life. She misses her grandmother terribly, who passed away nearly
Jazmyn Troy
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Summer I Saved The World In 65 Days
The summer I saved the world In 65 Day is written by Michele Weber Hurwitz the setting take place on a hot summer day in a small town .Nina wants to help out her her next door neighbor because she is ill so she wants to arrange her neighbor's flower's so Nina pull the flower's out of the ground and move's them around to create a beautiful design then she went to her friend Jories house and talked about the boy next door that's all Nina would talk about the
Sidra Loniello
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
1. choice book #3 Quarter

2. my choice book #3 is "The Summer I Saved the World in 65 Days", by: Michele Weber Hurwitz
realistic fiction. the setting is in a peaceful but crazy neighborhood.
3. the main charcter is a teenage girl, Nina. she is bright and happy and loves to help people. but she dose not want anyone to know.
4. Nina is struggling with fitting in at school or even just in her neighborhood. she feels that her "friend" Jori, ( who is a BIG girly girl) dose not really help her, more tha
Joanne Choi
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Choice book #2, Quarter 2. The Summer I saved the world in 65 days is a realistic fiction book which takes place in a neighborhood during the summer. The book follows a ninth grader Nina Ross who wants to change things and wants to see if doing good things to others will make things better.

The main character Nina Ross is a kind and character who is getting ready for high school now. Nina does one secret good thing to one of the people in her neighborhood. Nina wants to do good things for others
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The problem in this book, The Summer I Saved the World… in 65 Days by Michele Weber Hurwitz, is that Nina, a chill laid- back girl is doing many good deeds for her family and friends. The only thing is that one of her neighbor’s dosen’t know who is leaving presents at neighbors doors, and growing plants in neighbors yard, but all along it was Nina. Mrs. Millman the over protective neighbor is doing a neighborhood meeting every night to see who is doing this. Mrs. Millman thinks it is a ghost, an ...more
Sarah Sarang
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this for a teacher's reader group that I facilitate-I love the premise of this book-it's about how doing little things add up to making a big difference in the world around you. The idea is that you shouldn't wait for someone else to change the world, but you can do it simply by doing thoughtful things. Good deeds don't have to cost money-but instead can be thoughtful gifts of time or the gift of listening. It's a great read for middle schoolers. I felt like some of the characters were st ...more
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75-4/5 stars

This novel was so sweet! I loved Nina's mission, and how her simple yet kind deeds changed her entire neighborhood and family.

I know I would have enjoyed this even more when I was in middle school! I loved how Nina rebuilt her relationship with her family, friends, and neighbors, and honored her grandmother at the same time.

I loved how she built such a sweet relationship with Eli, and yet it wasn't the central story line. Oh, and her relationship with little Thomas was adorable!

Daisy Hanson
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
quarter 3 choice book #3
I loved this book! there was nothing wrong with this book. I love how the author included Nina's grandma in a lot of Nina's choices. I really enjoyed how the author included everyone in Nina's naboor hood and how each person had a big role in the story. my favorite character in Nina's neighborhood is Thomas. I like Thomas because he adds a lot to the story and sort of unlocks the next problem or twist in the book. I also like Mr.D because he adds mystery to the story. I t
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I think it is a incredible feel-good story that everyone should read! Nina (Main character) has inspired me to go out and do some good deeds! I think this book has an incredible message that people today should know about. If you are ever in a bad mood, you should read it. It will put you in a nice happy mood. I think everyone should read it and think about the powerful message it brings to your attention. The book made me realize that there is good in the world but ...more
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As I finished reading, I thought how glad I was that I had read it. Hurwitz reminds readers that doing good matters. Kindness matters. People matter. This book is an easy-read story of Nina and her resolution to do 65 kind/helpful things just for no reason and with no recognition. Her efforts impact all the residents of her cul-de-sac and make a difference in her own family's dynamics.

Highly recommend.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-mg
It's not often that I agree with Kirkus book reviews, but this one? Oh yes!
If you're a fan of Christmas movies because of the good feeling they leave you with, then you're going to love this middle grade fiction (even though it has nothing to do with Christmas)
Nina sets out to do small acts of kindness and before she new it, things took on lives on their own and events snowballed out of her control (in a good way).
I really enjoyed this book.
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Critically acclaimed author of several middle grade novels: THE SUMMER I SAVED THE WORLD...IN 65 DAYS and CALLI BE GOLD (both Penguin Random House) and ETHAN MARCUS STANDS UP and ETHAN MARCUS MAKES HIS MARK (both Simon & Schuster/Aladdin). Coming in May 2020: HELLO FROM RENN LAKE. Michele's books have been nominated for many state reading awards and received starred reviews. She lives in Chica ...more
“It is very often the ordinary things that go unnoticed that end up making a difference. As you embark upon your high school careers, be unnoticed, but be remarkable.” 4 likes
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