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Styling Librarian Special Book Share Moonpenny Island

”Pull up a chair, it’s a Saturday Special Book Share”.

Here’s to celebrating books that strike my fancy every week! Sneaking this one in on a Tuesday… too many wonderful books to share!

Moonpenny Island by Tricia Springstubb – release date Feb. 2015 – Realistic Fiction, 4th grade and up –

Book Talk: What happens when your best friend is sent to a special private school and you are left behind, not only left behind but you are the only kid in your grade level at your tiny little island school? Can you bear to make new friends? What if your parents fights escalate so much that one of them leaves without a return day? Thank goodness for phones and email. They can help you connect with missing best friends…

My thoughts: Loved this story and especially enjoyed reading about the simple island life in the book in addition to how different people deal with conflict, alcoholism, and more. Great for kids who might be dealing with friendship problems. Also good for discussions on alcoholism and how it impacts more than just the person drinking.
Favorite quote: “If Sylvie’s heart was a fruit, it would be a sweet, ripe strawberry.”
Goodreads Summary: “Moonpenny is a tiny island in a great lake. When the summer people leave and the ferries stop running, just the tried-and-true islanders are left behind. Flor and her best, her perfect friend, Sylvie, are the only eleven-year-olds for miles and miles—and Flor couldn’t be happier.
But come the end of summer, unthinkable things begin to happen. Sylvie is suddenly, mysteriously whisked away to school on the mainland. Flor’s mother leaves to take care of Flor’s sick grandmother and doesn’t come back. Her big sister has a secret, and Flor fears it’s a dangerous one.
Meanwhile, a geologist and his peculiar daughter arrive to excavate prehistoric trilobites, one of the first creatures to develop sight. Soon Flor is helping them. As her own ability to see her life on this little lump of limestone evolves, she faces truths about those she loves—and about herself—she never imagined. ”

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