Sand Dollar Summer
Twelve-year-old Lise watches her safe world fall apart when her
strong, self-reliant mom is injured in a car accident. To
recuperate, Mom takes Lise and her bright little brother to live
in a rattletrap house on the beach in Maine for the summer.
Although her mother grew up there, this is Lise's first experience
with the ocean. She's terrified by what may be lurking in the cold
depths and confused by the ways that Maine is changing her mother.
As secrets from the past start spilling out, even the solid
earth may not keep Lise safe anymore. Lise will have to learn to
go with the flow -- or risk falling apart -- in this tender,
funny, and wise novel...the story of one family's unforgettable
“A first-rate debut.” --School Library Journal, starred review
“A heartfelt debut; a coming-of-age story with a bit of pathos
and a perilously climactic finale." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred
"This superbly written, thought provoking, and often very
moving book is a joy to read" -- Through the Looking Glass
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"Sand Dollar Summer brought me to the season in a second and
was a delight to read from start to stunning finish."
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Top Ten First Novels for Youth -- Booklist
An ALA Best Books for Young Adults Nominee
A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
A Children’s Book Council/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book
An IRA/CBC Children’s Choice
Great Stone Face Book Award Master List (NH)
Nominee for the inaugural Truman Award (MO)
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