THE SUMMER OF MOONLIGHT SECRETS by Danette Haworth

THE SUMMER OF MOONLIGHT SECRETS

Age Range: 8 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

Haworth takes the legend of the Selkie and gives it a modern-day twist. Twelve-year-old Allie Jo lives in Florida at her parents’ famous antebellum hotel, The Meriwether. Her plans for a quiet summer are thwarted after she catches 13-year-old Chase, a guest at the hotel, skateboarding on the hotel’s historic wooden floors. Despite this inauspicious beginning, the two fall into an easy friendship, with Allie Jo showing Chase the town’s attractions and the charms of the hotel. When Allie Jo and Chase meet a mysterious girl, Tara, who claims she is a Selkie on the run from the man who stole her sealskin, the two friends rise to the challenge and help Tara get her skin back. The author sets a quick pace in short chapters alternating among Allie Jo, Chase and Tara. The two kids take turns narrating in a colloquial present tense, while the author maintains a magical frisson by presenting Tara’s chapters in a stately, third-person voice. Although predictable, the mix of fantasy and light mystery makes for an entertaining read. Fans of Liz Kessler’s Emily Windsnap will enjoy this amusing tale. (Magical adventure. 8-12)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8027-9520-5
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: Walker
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2010




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