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Book Review: Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker 

Published December 1, 2013 at 4:00 a.m.

Librarian: Joanne Pariseau, children's librarian, Dailey Memorial Library, Derby

Book: Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker

Age range: 8-12

Pariseau's summary: Summer of the Gypsy Moths is a Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award nominee for grades 5 and up. It tells the story of Stella and Angel, two 12-year-old girls living with their foster mother on Cape Cod. Stella longs for her wandering biological mother to return and settle down, while Angel would prefer to live with her aunt from Portugal. 

The girls are different as night and day, but they have one thing in common: a longing for family. So when their foster mother dies, they decide to hide her death until their families come to take them home. But how long can they keep their secret — and run a summer cottage rental business on Cape Cod?

Why you'll like it: I loved getting to know the two main characters and how they avoided being "found out." Stella's obsession with Good Housekeeping's cleaning column "Hints from Heloise" and Angel's adamant avoidance of swimming all made sense in the end.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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Joanne Pariseau

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