Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Summer of the Gypsy Moths

Stella's mother has always been restless, but this time she went too far.  Now Stella's living with her great-aunt Louise, who has taken in a foster child, Angel, to keep her company.  The only problem is that Stella and Angel don't exactly get along.  At least that's the only problem until a sudden tragedy means the girls must rely on all their wits--and each other--to survive.

Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker is our next River City Readers book.

This is a deep and moving exploration of the emotions and connections between families, especially if those families are deeply troubled.  Stella and Angel have spent so much time without stable supportive environments that both are affected in opposite ways; Stella desperately grasping at any connection she can find and Angel pushing everyone away until they can no longer hurt her.  As they navigate their own relationship and responsibilities, they learn a lot about what family really means.  But don't think this is a sappy feel-good tale.  There's a lot of heartbreak and suffering in the process.  These girls are put through a lot, and the reader is right there with them, pulled into their rich emotional landscapes.

Summer of the Gypsy Moths is published by Balzer & Bray/Harperteen and retails for $15.99 (hardcover).  I got my advance readers copy complimentary from the publisher (although this review was not solicited or otherwise compensated).  You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!

Join us at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8th, at St. Louis County Library--Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh, for a reading and signing of Summer of the Gypsy Moths with Sara Pennypacker for Children's Book Week!  Left Bank Books will donate 10% of event book sales to Foster & Adoptive Care Solution, who will have staff on-hand.  If you can't join us, call the store at 314-367-6731 x. 1 to reserve a signed copy.

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