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Silver Meadows Summer

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  208 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Just right for fans of Pam Muñoz Ryan, this story of moving out and moving on is a touching portrayal of the experience of leaving one's home country and making new friends--sometimes where least expected.

Eleven-year-old Carolina's summer--and life as she knows it--is upended when Papi loses his job, and she and her family must move from Puerto Rico to her Tía Cuca and Unc
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Now from the book description and synopsis for Silver Meadows Summer I was kind of expecting that I would in fact totally adore and appreciate author Emma Otheguy's focus on so many issues personally dear to my heart (introversion, immigration and moving, art, not to mention the importance of keeping farmland as farmland).

But while the general themes and contents presented in Silver Meadows Summer did and still do sufficiently personally appeal and interest (and that yes, I do find the ending f
Sep 17, 2018 added it
Shelves: read-in-2018
What a beautiful, tender book. I loved the main character, Carolina, who is brave, earnest, and resilient, and I loved the friendships she forms throughout the book and the family dynamics the story explores. Carolina, her parents, and her little brother have just left their home in Puerto Rico and moved in with relatives in New York State when the novel begins, and I found it so moving to watch Carolina gradually come to love her new home while also working hard to honor and hold onto the home ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is just the kind of book my introverted, book-loving middle school self would have eaten up.

It's the summer before 6th grade, and Carolina and her family have just moved from Puerto Rico to live with her aunt's family in upstate New York. While her mother and father look for work, Carolina spends her days at at summer (farm) camp with her brother, cousin, and several of her cousin's middle school friends. Although she loves the farm, Carolina misses her home: its sounds and smells, the spe
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Culture - Ethnicity - Change

Two roads diverged and I had to choose one of them (Robert Frost), yet there's never a real pathway because we can't see far ahead, so we create our own road as we walk (Antonio Machado). In this post-industrial, digitized world, most of us need to make "what next" choices more frequently than ideally we'd choose. Just as for Carolina's family in Silver Meadows Summer, needing to update plans or take a different path because of disruptions in the lives of family or cl
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Silver Meadows Summer by Emma Otheguy, 231 pages. Alfred A. Knopf (Random House), 2019. $17.

Language: G (0 swears, 0 'f'); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.



Eleven-year-old Carolina and her family just moved from Puerto Rico to Upstate New York and are living with their Aunt and Uncle. Carolina's cousin Gabriela is 2 years older, and both girls are enrolled in a farming summer camp which is a day camp comprised of farm chores, hiking, a
Lacey Louwagie
I appreciated this book's strong sense of place, both at the Silver Meadows Farm and in Carolina's memories of Puerto Rico. I also liked the juxtaposition of the experiences of two different Latina girls, one who grew up in PR and one who grew up in the U.S. And of course, its exploration of friendship and the middle-grade wish fulfillment element of finding a "place of one's own."

Although I read this for work, it also fits the criteria of my Year of Expanded Reading, as Emma Otheguy is a Latina
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, middle-years, arcs
Not a *bad* story about moving and adjusting to a new life, but kinda weak, with a bunch of annoying characters doing silly things. I guess the overall message is meant to be that even people who experience prejudice are themselves prejudiced? But it came across as unbalanced and contradictory. Jennifer is the only character I liked -- everyone else was really caught up in themselves and I didn't find them very sympathetic. ...more
This would be a 3.5 for me. I enjoyed a great deal of the story but found the ending and resolution just too rushed after all that build-up. Eleven-year-old Carolina never really wanted to leave her Puerto Rican home, and she dreams of returning to the house she loves so much. But her father has lost his job, and the family relocates to upstate New York where they stay with her maternal aunt and her family. The author captures vividly Carolina's conflicted emotions about the family's situation a ...more
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Eleven year old Carolina (pronounced Care-o-leen-a) and her family move to a small town in rural upstate New York when her father loses his job in Puerto Rico. While they have family there to smooth the transition to their new home, Carolina struggles with both cultural differences and what she feels she has “lost." When she finds the creative soul in her new friend Jennifer that she has been missing in herself, the two set out to make an abandoned cottage in the woods a place where they can esc ...more
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
“Now Carolina saw [the road} like Papi saw it: white crest of salty water, foam and mist, a wave upon the sea, and one foot in front of the other. Cuba, Puerto Rico, New York, Carolina’s roots were not in the soil but in the rhythm of her family’s movement, step after step.” (193)

Carolina’s father lost his job in Puerto Rico, and the family—Papi, Mami, Daniel and 11-year old artist Carolina—move to upstate New York to live with her aunt, uncle, and popular 13-year-old cousin Gabriela. As Caro mi
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Eleven-year-old Carolina and her family just moved from Puerto Rico to Upstate New York and are living with their Aunt and Uncle. Carolina's cousin Gabriela is 2 years older, and both girls are enrolled in a farming summer camp which is a day camp comprised of farm chores, hiking, arts and crafts and playtime. Carolina misses her life in Puerto Rico very much, but is surprised to meet a kindred spirit in Jennifer, whose dad is an artist. Carolina used to take painting classes and draws all the t ...more
Kathleen H
Aug 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A charming, heart-sore look at transitions in life perfect for the 10 and 11 year olds who are undergoing these transitions themselves. I'm reviewing this with that age reader in mind. Caro's story is sad but ultimately sweet... and I felt deeply for her as she transitioned into adolescence while simultaneously transitioning away from her Puerto Rican home, forced to transition into a new white community where she feels othered, and where her mother tries to put her in a box that "fits" the expe ...more
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I've received this ARC from the publisher through SLJ's Middle Grade Magic virtual conference in exchange for an honest review.

This book is the story of Carolina who moved with her family from Puerto Rico to upstate New York. She very much misses Puerto Rico and gets off to a little bit of a rocky start with her cousin's friends before befriending Jennifer. They all sound the summer together at a camp on a farm that becomes Important to all of them.

It was a sweet book that I liked but didn't lov
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
11-year-old Carolina grieves her native Puerto Rico, which her family left so they could join relatives in upstate NY. She feels that her family is leaving their heritage behind, trying to fit in to their new place, but all she wants to do is go home and have everything the way it was. She befriends a girl at day camp, and together they find a tumbledown cabin in the woods, which they fix up as a combination hideout/art studio. But their camp, and their studio, are threatened by real-estate deve ...more
Stacy Mozer
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
When Carolina and her family have to leave Puerto Rico to move in with her aunt, uncle, and cousin Gabriella, Carolina isn't sure that living in Upstate New York is right for her. Her mother wants her to abandon her Spanish language and her love of painting to "fit in" with her cousins popular friends, but Carolina is more comfortable with Jenn, the social outcast who is into fairies and whose father is an artist. When Carolina finds a cabin abandoned in the woods, it's Jenn who is as excited as ...more
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A displaced family from Puerto Rico heads to upstate New York to live with their relatives. Otheguy's sweet story of Carolina trying to adjust to life after moving including negotiating relationships with her relative including her cousin, trying to find friends and hanging on to her artistic side. Carolina joins her cousin at a farm-based summer camp Silver Meadows where a series of events starts defining Carolina's new life. ...more
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must have for your middle grade library. This is absolutely the book I would have wanted as a child:
1. it features a quiet main character, with an imagination that runs towards fantasy
2. it features characters grappling with identity- what it means to be Puerto Rican and female and hurtling towards adulthood
3. its setting is just magical
4. it features female friendships, and changing relationships

A magical book with characters who your children need to have in their lives. <3
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
Love the integration of two famous poets from two cultures into the plot of the book and the main character's internal narrative. Such a beautiful metaphor for her effort to forge a new life in upstate New York without leaving behind her memories of her home in Puerto Rico or her cultural identity and practices.

Sweet book that feels equally authentic to its pre-teen narrator in both its description of fairies and of racism. Giving copies to the middle schoolers in my life!
Tara Rutland
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very sweet story about coming-of-age as a young, new citizen in the US. Caro is lovable and possesses that kind of magic that comes with childhood, which she tries dearly to hold onto for her younger sibling while everything around them seems to be changing at high speed. She bumps heads with a few characters, but remains true to herself and those things she holds most dear. Magical storytelling, I enjoyed it from cover to cover.
Stephanie Affinito
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I snuck in some extra early-morning reading this week. Illuminated by the Christmas tree lights. With our new puppy. I read Silver Meadows Summer by Emma Otheguy. I knew I’d love the book, since Ruth Behar, author of Lucky Broken Girl, wrote a beautiful review of it. And she was right. It was an absolute joy to read, a story of families making fresh starts, connecting together and finding their place in the world…..together.
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When eleven-year-old Carolina’s father loses his job, she and her family are forced to leave nature and their beloved Puerto Rico behind and move in with her uncle, aunt and cousin in their new and sterile home in upstate New York. Carolina dearly misses her past life, but is not allowed to express any dissatisfaction in front of her mother. Read more on my blog: https://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.... ...more
Linda Shepherd
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Her parents are looking forward to a future in New York but Carolina still misses her home in Puerto Rico. She makes a friend at camp and gets to know her cousin. Will Carolina stop looking toward the past and make a new path toward the future in New York?
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this story about being yourself, moving to a new place, and friendship. There are complex characters that can't be put into a simple box. I loved the summer camp setting and the cabin in the woods. ...more
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a gem of a story with a lovely setting and engaging characters. I especially loved that it referenced Esperanza Rising right after I re-read it! I love those kind of book coincidences. This book would be great for any upper elementary or middle school library.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: c-a
This one was okay, but not a favorite. I liked the characters, but felt like they could have been a little better developed. I thought they were a little selfish to keep going where they knew they weren't allowed.

May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book about an 11-year-old girl whose family is going through some changes. I think the best message that I got from the Book was that each person is responsible for his or her own feelings and words and actions.
Nov 01, 2020 rated it liked it
I picked up this book to read because I needed a book with an immigrant/refugee. Carolina moves from Puerto Rico to upstate New York with her parents and brother. They come to live with her aunt, uncle and cousin. I thought it was quite readable but nothing that will stick with me for very long.
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was wonderful. At first, I wasn’t too sure, but when Carolina arrived at Silver Meadows, it got really good. I loved all the characters, especially Gabriella, Jennifer, and Carolina. I recommend this book if you like Becoming Naomi Leon or Esperanza Rising.
Aida Salazar
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A poetic and lyrical novel that celebrates the arts, a love of nature and the power that comes from both!
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lovely story! The dialogue was so true for the pre-teen, teen, mother, and aunt. I learned a cool tradition for Spanish speaking families.
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