ICE CREAM SUMMER  by Megan Atwood

ICE CREAM SUMMER

From the "Orchard" series, volume 1
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Age Range: 8 - 11
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A slight mystery casts a shadow over New Amity.

Sarah and Lizzie are 11-year-old BFFs in a small New Hampshire town where Lizzie’s family owns an orchard. This summer, to their great delight, they get to run the ice cream stand. If they net $5,000, they will have enough money for their dream: a Halloween zombie hayride. Things start to go awry for Sarah when twins Peter and Olive show up and join the formerly two-person team. Sarah frets constantly that Lizzie will no longer be her friend; sharing is an unwelcome thought. Then a crisis occurs when the ice cream earnings disappear from the safe. Atwood characterizes her cast with descriptive but underdeveloped diversity. Sarah’s grandparents are from Iran, and she has “beige-brown skin.” Lizzie has “pale skin.” The twins have “huge brown eyes, medium-dark-brown skin, and curly hair,” and their two dads are Mr. and Mr. Wu. The whole town is something of a multicultural Platonic ideal. Hakeem observes Ramadan, and Aaron wears an apron that reads “KISS ME, I’M JEWISH.” Sveta and Dani Alvarez are a local power couple. None of the children use cellphones or computers. Readers may very well ponder why a town that holds Sunday morning Community Spirit meetings is so gung-ho to finance a Halloween activity and not a worthy cause. Digitized line drawings introduce each chapter in this first of a series for each season.

Enjoy a scoop of ice cream instead. (Fiction. 8-11)

Pub Date: May 2nd, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-4814-9047-4
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Aladdin
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2017




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