Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Summer of Bad Ideas

31371235Stewart, Kiera. The Summer of Bad Ideas
May 2nd 2017 by HarperCollins
E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline

Cousins Edie and Rae end up spending longer at their recently deceased grandmother's home in Florida than their families had expected. While their grandmother was good at having adventures, she was bad at keeping her house in good order, and the parents spend a lot of time repairing things while the cousins, along with Edie's precocious twin siblings, are able to investigate the vibrant community that mourns their grandmother's loss. Edie is scared of many things, but gains a new sense of adventure and bravery while dealing with her family in a new setting.
Strengths: This was a great improvement over all of the books I read with dead siblings and parents-- middle grade readers are more likely to face the death of a grandparent. The parents are supportive, there is trouble to be found, and Edie and her cousin have admirable freedom.
Weaknesses: The  nondescript cover and the bald description of this book may make it harder to recommend than this author's very popular Fetching and How to Break a Heart.
What I really think: I will purchase a copy of this if I have money left, and if the book has an Accelerated Reader test written for it!

Ms. Yingling

1 comment:

  1. Great title, though I agree the cover doesn't convey anything about the book.