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Middle Grade Review: A Summer of Sundays by Lindsay Eland

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A Summer of Sundays by Lindsay Eland

Age Range: 8 – 12 years

Grade Level: 3 – 7

Hardcover: 336 pages

Publisher: EgmontUSA (July 9, 2013)

Language: English

Genre: Contemporary

Series: None

Source: NetGalley

My Rating: 3 of 5 stars


About the Book:

Fans of The Mother Daughter Book Club (Heather Vogel Fredericks) and
The Wedding Planner’s Daughter (Coleen Paratore) series will fall in
love with the humor, classic charm, and very determined heronine of
Lindsay Eland’s sophomore novel.

When you’re the third of six
kids, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle, but Sunday Fowler is
determined that this summer she’ll find the one thing that makes her
stand out from her siblings.

And when she discovers a silver box
in the basement of the library her parents are renovating, she might
just have found something to gain her the attention she so craves.
Inside is a series of letters addressed to “The Librarian” and a
manuscript. But who wrote them? With the help of annoying
neighbor-turned-new-friend Jude, Sunday is determined to track down the
author. And when she unveils this novel to the world, she’ll be famous!

But
uncovering this manuscript means stirring up secrets that some people
in the town hoped to keep buried. And Sunday must decide if some things
— loyalty, trust, friendship — are worth more than her name in the
headlines. 

Find the Book:

About the Author:

Lindsay
Eland is married to a man with a smile so wide it makes his eyes water
and take on the shape of half moons. Together they have four kids who
make every day an adventure in love, in laughter, in mystery, and in
wonder.

Other little facts? Lindsay has a great big dog named
Cowboy, and two rats…yes rats. She’s pretty good at imitating people.
She will never kill an insect unless it is in her shower. Rainy days are
her favorite. Lindsay gets easily sick in the car, on airplanes, and
swinging on swings. She has her nose pierced. Making people laugh is the
best feeling in the world to her. She love, love, loves to sing and
still does ballet, even though it’s in her living room. Lindsay has an
affinity for chicken fajitas and homemade chocolate chip
cookies…though not at the same time. She adores anything chocolate
(hold the nuts please), and she’s only had long hair once in all her 30
years of life (she was able to keep herself away from scissors for about
eight months).

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My Thoughts:

Kids that are fans of contemporary, small town settings and mysterious
neighbors will enjoy this book. It’s a sweet, nostalgic feeling story
about a girl that feels lost in her family. I also come from a family of
six kids, so I could totally relate to Sunday’s desire to stick out. I
also loved the way her parents could never remember her name. When
families get large, parents tend to get names mixed up. I do it all the
time to my own kids and I only have two.

I liked the characters for the most part. Sunday’s family is imperfect
and beautiful. Her little brothers are exactly what little brothers are
like. Their home is a wonderful chaos and I can see how Jude, Sunday’s
new friend, is drawn to it. Sunday herself is mostly fun and
interesting. I like her enthusiasm and interest in the mystery
surrounding the manuscript. She gets rather whiny at some points and I
got tired of reading about how she is the only one that goes unnoticed
and how her family always steals her lime light.

All in all, it is a good book that kids will probably enjoy.

Content: clean

3 STARS

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

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