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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
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Laurie
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
Emily
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
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Leah
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
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Ms. Yingling
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
ARC provided by the publisher



Carolina is not happy to move from Puerto Rico to upstate New York to live with her Tia Cuca, Uncle Porter and cousin Gabriella. The family has little choice, though, when her father loses her job and her mother's job as a middle school teacher isn't enough to keep the family afloat. Gabriella is welcoming, but Carolina is leery about her cousin's teenage attitude and her gang of friends. Having to hang out with them at a summer camp at a nearby farm does not sound l
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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
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Barbara
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
Lorie
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
Lesley
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
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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.

BUYING ADVISORY: EL , MS - ADVISABLE

AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE

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
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Lisa
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
Leigh
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
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Barb
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
Tory
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, arcs, middle-years
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.
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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.
Julia
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
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Shandra
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
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.
Stacey
Traveler, there is no path, you make your path by walking... (Machado)
What a wonderful idea for each of us to ponder,
even if we stay on the paths that other might suggest, we are leaving our own wake.
Perfect book for everyone, and especially girls who might be navigating the tricky waters of friendship.
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?
Andrea
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.
Jess
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.
Brenda
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.

CA
Ellen
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.
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!
Barb
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.
Anna
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: I don't know? Didn't get too far into it
Shelves: dnf-or-skim
DNF for Silver Meadows Summer. Just couldn't get into it--not enough was happening. I was excited for this being set at summer camp, but it wasn't what I was imagining.
Ms. Stephens
I couldn't get into this book, but an entering-7th grade girl on the Puerto Rico trip started it and was enjoying it.
Marie
Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: eriemomreads2019
Beautiful story, beautifully written. 🌿🌼

Still, I felt like I struggled to get through it. I guess it didn’t really “hook” me. It may have just been bad timing.
Cindy
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really lovely book for anyone who's ever had to move from a place that they loved.
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