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4.20  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Twelve-year-old Trina Bell has finally had enough. Why should she spend another dull summer watching Great-Aunt Roswinda lawn bowl and nibble cucumber sandwiches while her estranged father has all the fun? This year, she won’t let him get away with his usual excuses. To her surprise, she succeeds. Her dad, the famous wildlife photographer, agrees to take her with him to th ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 24th 2018 by Blurb (first published September 1st 2015)
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Jemima Pett
A delightful story of a girl, a dog, and many, many hummingbirds, in something of a wild-life lovers' tour of Victoria BC. There is an underlying mystery that appears secondary to the narrative to add excitement, but the tale is richly told and the imagery is superb.

In a new take on the absent parent syndrome, Trina escapes the boredom of life (and holidays) with her Great-Aunt (I hope my great nieces won’t suffer the same fate) to join her widowed father in Vancouver Island. Except that having
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Edward Davies
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is such a fun children’s adventure / mystery, slightly reminiscent of Nancy Drew or The Hardy Boys (though much better written). My only complaint was that it felt like we were expected to believe in Trina being able to talk to animals without any real explanation. It doesn’t look like this book is a follow up to anything pre-existing, so it might have been nice to have this better explained at the start. Other than that, this is a fun mystery that manages to be engrossing from start to fin ...more
Jeanette
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank the author for sending me an electronic copy of 'Trina Bell's Humming Summer in exchange for an honest review.

What a lovely story and one that is totally different from my usual read. This was a magical story which I felt as if I was there and it certainly had imagination working overtime. What a wonderful relationship between father and daughter. I could feel the warmth between the two! Loved the animals and the touch of mystery. I would recommend to young and not so young
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Joanne
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most enjoyable books I have read in a long time! It is both magical and real at the same time. The story is about a girl named Trina who goes to Vancouver and finds herself on a quest to save the hummingbirds. It has a strong sense of place. As I read, it just flowed along beautifully and I was able to relax into it. Along with the fantasy, there is an educational aspect to it about both hummingbirds and Vancouver.
Suze Lavender
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trina Bell misses her father. She’s twelve years old, but never spent much time with him. She constantly tries, but he’s hardly paying her any attention. He’s left her with an aunt and travels the world photographing wildlife. Trina longs to have an adventure herself and the idea of another boring summer in Brighton with her aunt's friends and nobody her own age fills her with dread. She does everything she can to convince her father to take her with him. That’s how she ends up on Vancouver Isla ...more
Don Sloan
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What do a three-legged dog, a slim green and creamy white hummingbird named Sweet Pea, and a twelve-year-old girl have in common? Answer: they're all central characters in a delightful new children's book called Trina Bell's Humming Summer.

When Trina's famous wildlife photographer father takes her to a tiny British Columbia island after years of pleading on her part about always being left alone, she gets more than she bargained for -- but in a pleasant way. She meets Moss, the dog, and an ensem
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Angie
Synopsis: "Shooting ghost bears? Twelve-year-old Trina Bell has finally had enough. Why should she spend another dull summer watching Great-Aunt Roswinda play lawn bowling, while her father has all the fun? This year, she won't let him get away with the usual excuses. To her surprise, she succeeds. Her dad, the famous wildlife photographer, agrees to take her to the Canadian rainforest, on a quest for the elusive Kermode bear. Trina's triumph is short-lived, however; soon she finds herself in a ...more
Sean Franco-Norris
This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book is a bit challenge for me to write a review. I actually finished the book a long while ago. I just couldn't figure out how to write the review for this well-written novel. I think it is mainly because I am just not the right audience for this type of novel. I was expecting something entirely different. I thought it would be a bit of adventure story where white bear was included. But it was entirely about the hummingb
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Tony Parsons
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trina Bell (12, aka Treenabelle) & Great-Aunt Roswinda, are from Hamburg, Germany.
Aboard the Royal Commodore (cruise ship) Trina, Roswinda & Moss (3-legged dog, narrator) plan to visit the wilds of Victoria (Vancouver Island), Canada.

If you enjoy science or biology, especially bird watching (ornithology) this adventurous book is for you.
What mysterious case are Trina & Moss trying to solve?

I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I rece
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Staci Jo
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trina Bell is a precocious pre-teen girl who is looking for an escape from her humdrum life in England with her aunt. She also longs for the chance to recapture her father's attention. In one fell swoop, she gets her wish for both, but the adventure she finds is not the one she expected.

Author Silke Stein has the gift all writers covet; the ability to bring characters and places to life with words. She weaves a story that will have you rooting for Trina and her hummingbird friends, aching for T
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Amanda
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved the story. It was exciting and sweet. I especially liked the father/daughter relationship. It's easy to relate to and really tugs at your heart strings. The story also had a very fun Alice and Wonderland fantasy element about it. It is very fresh and unique and will have a ton of readers excited about having something new and different to read.
Randall James
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful, endless summer adventure. Think 'Harriet The Spy' meets furry and feathered friends.
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Silke Stein is a graphic designer and the author of 'Trina Bell's Humming Summer' and 'Sleep, Merel, Sleep'. Silke currently lives at the west coast of Canada, where she combs the shores of the Pacific Ocean and tends to her ever-growing sea glass collection. When she is not at the beach, or writing, or helping her husband playtest his latest board game invention, she designs book covers for fello ...more