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Bingo Summer

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  44 reviews
On her thirteenth birthday, Summer Haas scratches the lottery ticket her mom tucked into her birthday card and the down-on-their-luck family become instant millionaires. Then the attention gets crazy in their small Illinois town, and the family moves north to ‘disappear’ in the Chicago suburbs. Summer’s new home might as well be on the Moon, it’s so different from where sh ...more
ebook, 276 pages
Published May 2014 by Dawn Malone
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Shelley Sly
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great book! It was equal parts fun and realistic, and the characters felt real enough that they could be kids I've actually met.

I liked Summer. She was surrounded by pretentious people, but was refreshingly down-to-earth. However, in realistic teen fashion, she did experiment with new clothes and hanging out with the popular crowd, even if it wasn't right for her. I feel like most teens/tweens go through stages of figuring out, "Do I belong here?" And Summer's experience was spot
Jane Ritz
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bingo Summer is about the happenings of a Mom and her two girls once they hit the lottery on a Bingo scratch off card. It tells the problems that the mother runs into with the publicity and then moves to another town to escape it. The story picks up with the hardships of adjusting to a new school for Summer, the older of the sisters. No matter how hard she tries, Summer just doesn't fit in until she returns to the person she really is. Meeting Anna and Dink changes her world in her new surroundi ...more
Cyndi Flores
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book with a great story and a good moral, it shows how all teens, weather poor or rich still strugle with friends, and things they want to do versus what a friends wants to do, I think most girls and boys will enjoy this story in middle school. The cover looks to be targeted more to girls, but if a boy picks it up I do think he will like it as what tween would not dream of hitting the loto? I really enjoyed this book and recommend it for book clubs or any tween.
Aurora Dimitre
~3.5 Stars~
~This book was won from a Goodreads giveaway~

This book was very entertaining, rarely boring, had a pleasant writing style, and had characters different enough from each other that you could tell them apart. Overall, it was a good book. So why only 3.5 stars?

The only problem with this book that I really had was the fact that it seemed sort of generic. This is a children's/middle grade book, so I do expect some simplicity. I keep in mind what age range a book is for when I'm rating it.
Amy Miller
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story was filled with many lessons for a young teen to learn. A mother with her two young daughters are in the throes of poverty, are celebrating Summer's birthday (the oldest child) as they usually do at $10 lotto ticket. As Summer finishes scratching the ticket she is hoping to at least win the $10 back so they can buy milk, instead she wins the big time prize 10 million dollars. In that instant everything changes. Friends and members come calling for handouts. To much for mom to handle t ...more
Monique Bucheger
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bingo Summer was a very nice read. It started out strong and stayed good throughout. Dawn Malone introduced a varied cast of entertaining characters. She did a nice job adding a few unexpected twists to the junior high classmates-- the mean girls had redeeming qualities, the weirdo stepdad wasn't a total jerk, her flighty mom really loved her daughters. Summer won 10 million dollars on her 13th birthday. After getting over the initial shock of winning, the family is overwhelmed with attention th ...more
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first saw the concept for Bingo Summer, my immediate thought was that it sounded cute but would probably be on the cheesy side of entertaining. A lottery winning kid just screams of simple lighthearted fun, right? Oh goodness gracious was I ever wrong! I can not put into words how delighted I was with Bingo Summer in comparison to what I expected.

Without offering up any spoilers, I will say that Bingo Summer is so much more. The writer visits many issues that kids deal with: parents, sibl
Mia Wenjen
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lucky lottery ticket for Summer Haas’s 13th birthday suddenly makes her family instant millionaires but the change in lifestyle is unsettling. While it’s nice to live in a big house in a new town where no one knows them that her mother impulsively buys in the Chicago suburbs, Summer still has to adjust to making new friends and starting a new school. It’s not that she’s ashamed of why she no longer has to shop at thrift stores for clothes, but she’s not sure if she wants her new friends to kno ...more
Dawn Briscoe
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would never have thought to read a book recommended for a 9-12 year old age range, but I am so glad I did. I am much older than this age range (by 35 years or so) and enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I found I couldn't put the book down all weekend until I knew how it ended. I am adding this author to my "must read" list!
Margo Dill
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love the idea for Bingo Summer--and it caught hold of me from the first page. The voice is terrific, and the storyline includes middle-grade issues as well as dealing with family and siblings. I think girls especially would really get into this book. It just goes to show that all problems are not solved just because we win the lottery!
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book as a first reads giveaway I recommend it for readers of all ages it was a page turner from start to finish with its theme of remaining true to yourself. the characters come to life in this book.....I cant say enough about this book.It will keep you entertained and bring home the what if this happened to me? what would I do?
Emily Elliff
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Summer wins the lottery, she doesn't know who her true friends are. I was drawn into Summers journey from the first page. Just as I thought I had the ending figured out, the author pulls a surprise punch. I didn't put the book down until I finished it. Very enjoyable!
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bingo summer was a real fun read! It explores the effects of bullying and self concept. I highly recommend it to any middle grade reader!
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, middle-grade
Enjoyable Middle Grade read. I liked the main character and the problems seemed fairly real for any child who has to move as a teenager. Just a hint of romance for this 13 year old girl, which seemed realistic.
Michelle Isenhoff
First time author Dawn Malone has crafted a winner in Bingo Summer. Charming, sweet, and artfully written, it takes top honors in my summer reading list. It's just a superb example of middle grade lit. I loved it!

Okay, the initial catalyst for the plot is pretty unlikely. (Summer wins ten million dollars with a lottery ticket.) But the emotions the story conjures up once it gets rolling are absolutely universal. Forced to move across the state by her impetuous mother, Summer starts eighth grade
Brittany Cuenin
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was between the ages of 8 and 13 years old, I would spend quiet hours roaming the aisles of our local library. I would gather many hardcover books, which crinkled when they were opened, that they would stack perilously in my arms. I had many favorites that I found just by browsing, and, when I began reading Bingo Summer, I was transported to those moments where I would discover a wonderful new book. From the first chapter, Malone has the reader hooked. Her casual tone describing the momen ...more
Carrie Ardoin
This was a cute if somewhat formulaic middle grade read. Summer's life changes instantly when she wins $10 million on a scratch off ticket on her birthday. So much so that her mom packs up Summer and her sister and moves them to the town of Dorrance. Summer has trouble fitting in with the ritzy lifestyle the girls in the town seem to lead, and as a result has trouble making friends. She's about to learn that having money doesn't solve all your problems, but can she convince her family of that?

Kim Propp
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bingo Summer is a coming of age story of self discovery and acceptance as well as one that reminds readers the importance of being true to yourself.

Summer's family has fallen on hard times so when she receives a lottery ticket for her thirteenth birthday she hopes to win back the $10 her mom spent on the ticket. As Summer checks the ways to winner she realizes she is holding a ticket worth $10 million. A dream come true! Or is it? News travels fast in a small town and soon everyone wants somethi
Trisha Perry
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first saw this advertised I thought I have to review this for my niece going into middle school this year she will love it. She will, but this book is so much more than what I thought it would be, it is a great book! The characters are so believable, at times I felt like I was there and wanted to pull Summer aside to give her some of the advice she seemed to so desperately want. I felt so bad for her, the story starts out on her 13th birthday and it is Summer, her sister J.C. and their mo ...more
Lu Ann
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an entertainingly light "from rags to riches" story!
As was Summer's family tradition, she was enjoying her thirteenth birthday, scratching off the chosen numbers on a lottery card. This had been a very unusual tradition for as long as she could remember. On each birthday, the person receives a lottery ticket in a birthday card to try to win a lottery prize... Of course, nobody ever won. They certainly couldn't afford the $10. it took to buy the ticket! However, this year Summer actuall
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

When Summer’s family wins the lottery, everything and everyone in her hometown of Scranton goes crazy. The solution? Summer’s mom tells her and her sister, JC, that they’re moving. They end up in a small town with a lot of wealthy people.

You can’t help but feel sorry for Summer. It’s hard enough to move when you’re in junior high or high school. Everyone has their own friends who they’ve grown up with and it can be difficult for a newcome
Tonja Drecker
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a cute, heart-warming story about a girl who goes from rags to riches and learns more about herself and life in the process.

The characters are well done, making it easy to slip into their skins. Their problems are easy to sympathize with. . well, maybe not the getting rich part, but the struggles for acceptance, fitting in and self-esteem are very fitting for this age group. The dialogue is believable, and the setting nicely described. I loved the character's reactions to the changes tha
Nikki Bennett
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Winning the lottery is one thing everyone dreams about, but how would your life change if it actually came true? Summer finds out in this enjoyable novel.

The characters in this book, especially Summer's quirky, eccentric mother, are well-written and relatable, and the book moves at a good pace. There's good conflicts and lessons learned (dealing with "mean girls", overcoming the "shame" of coming from a poor background, the scary thought of losing old friends) and a nice hint at romance.

I'd cons
Colleen B
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found myself really relating to Summer (although I’ve never won millions on a scratch-off). Her struggle with learning the difference between working to fit in with the popular kids & impressing people to make friends… and being real and true to yourself & just finding the place you fit to find friends was just so REAL. So true to life. I think it’s something most kids in junior school and high school go through. Heck… it’s something people continue to go through as adults.

Like Summer,
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun and thoughtful read about the changes Summer faces when she and her family win 10 million dollars in a lottery scratch-off. When Summer's mother moves the family to avoid the publicity, Summer isn't sure that the lottery winnings were worth the changes. They may have a bigger house, enough food, and clothes bought new instead of second-hand, but losing her best friend and the town where she grew up takes a lot of the joy out of the new belongings.

I thought Summer's character was developed
Paulline Flores
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm an almost 30 year old momm to a 1 year old toddler and my book list is 70% young adult fiction. Bingo Summer started slow for me and I felt I would not be able to finish reading it at all. But after a couple of chapters, I started enjoying Summer and her struggle with abrupt changes happening around her and within herself. It's a fun reading how "crazy-weird" her mom is. How different she is from her sister. How instant money can change anyone. How to recover from a bad introduction that tur ...more
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a sweet book, the author introduces us to the life of Summer, a girl who started on the path to adolescence, suffering through having to adapt to a new town and school, and trying to make friends and the difficulties that leads to that age. All this in a context of adaptation from rags to riches. The best of the book is the relationship with her mother and sister, is so full of moral values, I would not be surprised to see an adaptation on the Hallmark Channel.
It is a book for the whole
Amanda Vinson
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bingo Summer is a rags to riches tale of a girl who gets a lottery ticket for her 13th birthday and becomes an instant millionaire! I don't want to give you spoilers, but you can follow Summer and her family through the highs and lows including having to move to a new town away from all you know to making new friends. I think everyone has dreamed of hitting it big at least once in their life, and this is one side of the fantasy. If you are looking for a great tween tale or book club read, this i ...more
Arlene Mullen
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summer scratches a lottery card that she received on her 13th birthday and her family becomes millionaires. Then her family up roots her from their small town to a Chicago suburb. Summer doesn't want things to change, but her life keeps moving without her even doing anything. Then her secret threatens to get revealed and she must figure out what to do.
This a very good book for pre teen and teenagers. It talks about how to stay true to yourself despite everything life throws at you.

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Dawn Malone graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in journalism, and worked as a newspaper reporter in Illinois and Wisconsin before she started writing exclusively for children. Her stories have been published in Highlights for Children, Pockets, as well as other children’s magazines, and she’s a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul Think Positive for Kids. Dawn’s middle-grad ...more
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