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For fans of Rebecca Stead and Jennifer L. Holm, this is an atmospheric summer beach read for middle school readers.


Twelve-year-old Shayne Whittaker has always spent summers on the Maine coast, visiting her grandmother Bea and playing with her BFF Poppy. Both Shayne and Bea are collectors, in their own ways: Shayne revels in golden memories of searching for sea glass and w
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 17th 2018 by Running Press Kids
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Laura Gardner
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
⭐⭐⭐⭐💫/5 for BATTLE OF JUNK MOUNTAIN! Happy book birthday to this gem by @lagreenbrg; thanks to @runningpressbooks and @kidlitexchange for the ARC of this copy (#partner). All opinions are my own!
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Shayne is in for a summer of changes when she goes to stay with her grandmother in Maine for the first time without her mother. Her best friend Poppy is suddenly boy crazy, a new neighbor has moved in next door and her grandmother Bea’s shopping problem has suddenly become much worse.
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Kate Olson
Thanks to the publisher for this review copy!

A heartwarming and unique middle school story with a fabulous Maine setting, THE BATTLE OF JUNK MOUNTAIN features a 12-year-old girl named Shayne having a VERY different summer vacation with her grandmother than she expected. Her summer BFF is otherwise occupied, the new next door neighbor is a cranky old man, and her grandmother has developed a concerning hoarding problem. Greenberg has done an excellent job making the reader feel as if they are on t
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Janet
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zz-2017ng, kindle, ng-kids
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher -
For fans of Rebecca Stead and Jennifer L. Holm, this is the perfect middle grade summer beach read.
Twelve-year-old Shayne Whittaker has always spent summers on the Maine coast, visiting her grandmother Bea and playing with her BFF Poppy. Both Shayne and Bea are collectors, in their own ways: Shayne revels in golden memories of searching for sea glass and weaving friendshi
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Kathie
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley for an eARC of this book. All opinions are my own.

Debut author Lauren Abbey Greenberg has written a book that will be perfect for summertime reading, while still dealing with a serious topic like hoarding. This is the first book I've read that touches on this subject in middle grade fiction, and I'm happy to see some attention focused on it for younger readers.

Shayne spends each summer in Maine with her grandmother, Bea, but this summer isn't turning out so well. Her best
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J.D. Dehart
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Battle of Junk Mountain was brimming with fun, as a young adult/youth novel should be. Lauren Abbey Greenberg is a capable new voice in fiction, and she packs in details, plot, and humor. These are all such necessary elements to write a young audience well. I would note that I enjoyed the book as an adult reader, as well.

I would gladly have this book on my classroom or personal shelf, and would happily share it with students and friends. It is also a pleasure to support a fellow graduate of
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Laura Mossa
A sincere thank you to fellow Marylander Lauren Abbey Greenberg for sharing an ARC of her debut middle grade novel The Battle of Junk Mountain with my #bookexcursion group. Look for its release in April 2018. All opinions are my own.

With all the cold, icy, and rainy Maryland weather this week, The Battle of Junk Mountain was the perfect read. I was transported to the Maine coast with 12-year-old Shayne on her summer vacation. Shayne lives in Maryland and always spends summers on Thomas Cove with
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Beth
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Battle Of Junk Mountain is a warm, fresh tale that will have readers smelling the salty air of the New England coast as they explore the heavy burden—and joy—of toting around the past. Anyone lucky enough to have a summer friend will instantly relate to Shayne as she navigates honoring old traditions and fostering new paths.
Ms. Yingling
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
E ARC from Netgalley.com



Shayne loves to spend summers in Maine with her grandmother, even though it hasn't been quite the same since her grandfather passed away. This summer, things aren't going the way she wants them too-- her mother is staying home to work, and her best friend Poppy has to help out with the family business. Even Shayne's grandmother has gone back to work, waitressing at a local restaurant, and Shayne is supposed to help out there as well. When she proves less than helpful, she
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Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
AMAZING. This book is packed with so many good things that will make a middle school reader (and adults) turning the pages. The setting is great, the plot moves along at a great pace, the story is original and has characters that readers with both relate to and connect with. There is something very moving about a well done coming of age story that leaves a mark on the reader. It moves the reader and allows them to live many lives through the pages of the book. A must read for all this summer!
Sandy O'Brien
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
“It wasn’t scary, though. It felt more like a sigh of relief, like when the grip of fog lifts and you can see clearly again.”

Shayne’s summer with her Gma is full of ups & downs. Changing & new friendships to trying to help her hoarding Gma. #MGlit
Nancylaymon
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Battle of Junk Mountain was such an enjoyable book! The characters were so well developed that I found myself thinking about them during the day. It is a wonderful story with a lot of depth and humor! LOVED!!
Amber Webb
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lauren Abbey Greenberg does a great job of dealing with the hoarding illness in this new novel, "The Battle of Junk Mountain." Shayne goes to visit her grandmother on the Maine coast for the summer to have fun and help Bea get ready to sell a bunch of her stuff. When she arrives in Thomas Cove, Shayne realizes that her grandmother's problem is WAY bigger than she imagined and she has a whole host of other struggles to deal with. The values of family, friendship, support and change are all dealt ...more
Michelle Kidwell
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing


The Battle of Junk Mountain
by Lauren Abbey Greenberg
Perseus Books, Running Press

Running Press Kids
Children's Fiction
Pub Date 17 Apr 2018


I am reviewing a copy of The Battle of Junk Mountain through Running Press Kids and Netgalley;



Shayne Whittaker has spent Summers on the Maine coast, visiting her Grandmother Bea and playing with her BFF Poppy. Both Grandmother and Granddaughter are collectors in their own way. Shayne loves the memories of seeking for sea glass and weaving friendship bracelets wi
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Marie Cruz
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a delightful read!! It’s a story about old and new friendships, the pain of letting go, and the power of change in someone’s life. I loved it!!
Stephanie
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just finished an advance copy of the super readable The Battle of Junk Mountain. I loved this book for several reasons. First, I think the combination of the more approachable idea of summer in Maine with the less familiar idea of living with a hoarder pulled me into the story. I was curious to learn more about hoarding and why and how Bea ended up living with so much stuff, and Lauren did an excellent job peeling back the layers of Bea's story throughout the book. Second, Lauren's excellent p ...more
Melanie Sumrow
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book does a fantastic job of evoking summers in Maine: I could almost smell the sea air and taste the lobster rolls! More importantly, the story handles changing family relationships and friendships beautifully and focuses on the serious topic of hoarding with a gentle and age-appropriate touch.
Ginger
A wonderful summer-in-Maine book that deals with growing up, changing friendships and family relationships, and a hoarding grandmother.
Amie's Book Reviews
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Are you looking for a great book for your middle-grade reader to read during summer vacation? Look no further. THE BATTLE OF JUNK MOUNTAIN is the absolutely perfect read for summer (and for any other time of year).

HINT --- You might want to buy two copies because you will enjoy this book just as much as your child!!!

Twelve year old Shayne (yes, it sounds like a boy's name, but it's not) is spending the summer in her favorite place on the planet ... on the coast of Maine at her grandmother's ho
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Leah
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
friendships, families, and battles

Most Americans know something about some of the battles of the Civil War or War Between the States. Hoarding material possessions has become quite a concern for quite a few people—dramatically showcase with a Hoarders TV show that profiles individuals caught up in compulsive excessive collecting that has overtaken their existence and become their lifestyle. Not all that far afield of concerns about collecting and hoarding, sites with counsel about de-cluttering
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Stacie
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shayne has loved spending her summers on the coast of Maine with her grandmother. It’s the only time of year she can see her summer best friend, Poppy. But this summer something has changed. Poppy only wants to talk about boys and Grandma has so many piles of junk in her house that there is barely room for Shayne. Her mom has sent her to her grandma’s with the hope that Shayne will be able to help her get rid of a lot of the stuff. Shayne loves organizing and thinks it will a cinch to sort and t ...more
Sugar Middleton
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Kid-Lit Exchange for the copy of this book to review. four stars. This story is about a girl named Shayne who goes to live with her grandma Bea for the summer. Her goal is to hang out with her friend Poppy, help Bea clean up her house, and have a sale at the local flea market. Things get complicated when Poppy, all of the sudden, has a job and seems to think everything they used to do was babyish. Bea keeps buying things and refuses to sell anything. And on top of it all a boy named ...more
Kristin Crouch
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Lauren Greenberg for providing an ARC to collabookation for review.
Shayne Whittaker has the fortune of spending every summer at her grandma's house on the Maine coast. But this summer, Shayne isn't going to just relax. Her mother has sent her to help her grandma, Bea, get ready for a local flea market. See, over the years Bea has amassed lots of treasures, and they're starting to take over her life.
Luckily, Shayne has a summer sister, Poppy. Or does she? Poppy is being forced to wo
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Kathie
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for an eARC of this book. All opinions are my own.

Debut author Lauren Abbey Greenberg has written a book that will be perfect for summertime reading, while still dealing with a serious topic like hoarding. This is the first book I've read that touches on this subject in middle grade fiction, and I'm happy to see some attention focused on it for younger readers.

Shayne spends each summer in Maine with her grandmother, Bea, but this summer isn't turning out so well. Her best
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Amanda - Cover2CoverMom
You can read more of my reviews on my blog -> Cover2CoverMom Blog

When I was contacted by the publisher with the offer to read & review The Battle of Junk Mountain, I decided to overlook the fact that I am not technically open for review requests and accepted the offer… What can I say? I was in the mood for a middle grade read, and there was something about the cover that spoke to me.
I am happy to report that I was rewarded with a wonderful little gem of a book. The Battle of Junk Mounta
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PictureBookPlaydate
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
12 year old Shayne has always spent summers in Maine with her grandma, Bea, goofing off with her friend who lives there, Poppy. But this summer things have changed. Poppy is all about boys and saying and doing things that Shayne doesn’t like. Bea’s penchant for collecting treasures from garage sales has turned into full on hoarding. And there are some strange new neighbors next door.

I loved that this book made me uncomfortable very early on. From Shayne’s confrontations with Poppy to the mountin
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Susan
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it

Thank you to @kidlitexchange for telling me about this book. All opinions are my own.

Shayne is so excited to be returning to Maine, to visit her grandmother and to spend a month with her summer buddy, Poppy. But she soon finds that life has changed in Thomas Cove. Poppy has a job and is boy crazy and Bea, her beloved grandmother, has more junk stacked up in her house than ever before.

This is a story about the difficulties of both growing up and growing older and grieving for the past. The desc
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Patricia Murphy
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lauren Abbey Greenberg has published her first book & has written a warm story of a twelve-year-old girl tackling friendships, and family, and growing up, and letting go. Shayne stays with her grandmother, Bea, every summer collecting sea glass, making friendship bracelets, eating lobster rolls, and this year helping out on a lobster fisherman’s boat. The authentic New England charm—set in coastal Maine—has me anxious for summer. Two subplots in The Battle of Junk Mountain are praise worthy. ...more
Palatine Library
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-reviews
The Battle of Junk Mountain is a story of a twelve year old girl named Shayne and how she spent her summer on an island called Thomas Cove with her grandmother Bea. Shayne recently lost her grandpa, so she loves to visit Bea whenever she can. Now, there is one thing about Bea that everyone at Thomas Cove knows, Bea has a horrible collecting habit. She hordes anything you could imagine. From a scented candle to a broken toaster, they call this collection JUNK MOUNTAIN. Shayne's mom sent her on a ...more
Susan Sullivan
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: intermediate, ya
Grief can cause family dynamics to change. Although mentioned minimally, much of what transpires in The Battle of Junk Mountain is a result of the sudden death of Shayne’s grandfather two years before the story even begins.
Shayne’s grandmother, unable to deal with her grief, starts compulsively hoarding and having financial issues. Shayne’s mother struggles with the hoarding so much that it creates a fissure in their relationship. Shayne is sent to help out but is trapped between her own grief,
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Cindy
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fun, perfect summer middle grade read! Greenberg does a fantastic job of balancing serious concerns with the laid-back, beach-read-feel of a summer vacation; even while Shayne and her family struggled through some tough stuff, I found myself wanting to be in Thomas Cove right along with them. I especially loved the storyline with Shayne's best friend; Greenberg perfectly captures the angst of the all-too-common adolescent feeling of drifting away from the person who's been your anchor. I ...more
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Lauren Abbey Greenberg is an award-winning scriptwriter/producer and a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature. She lives in Maryland with her family. Follow her on Instagram @lagreenbrg
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