THE CALLAHAN COUSINS by Elizabeth Doyle Carey

THE CALLAHAN COUSINS

Summer Begins
Age Range: 9 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In a 21st-century version of a familiar story pattern, four 12-year-old Callahan cousins spend the summer at their grandmother’s rambling New England seaside cottage, messing about in boats. Hillary, Phoebe, Neeve and Kate have different backgrounds and interests, but they share the Callahan blue eyes and the Callahan traits of generosity, enthusiasm, good sportsmanship, good manners and a sense of humor. In this, the first of a projected series of four, Hillary worries that because of her parents’ divorce she might have become less of a Callahan. So she spurs her cousins to plant the family flag—that they research and design—on an offshore tidal island, thereby threatening to reopen an old feud between summer people like the Callahans and year-rounders like Sloane Bicket and her family. The race to get there before the detested Sloane Bicket provides the action, enough of a story line to appeal to middle-grade readers who like their characters to be identifiable types and their stories unsurprising. The atmosphere of unquestioned privilege will be comfortable to girls familiar with other series books, and the whole a pleasant, if predictable, read. (Fiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-316-73690-2
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2005




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