SUMMER OF THE GYPSY MOTHS by Sara Pennypacker
Best of 2012
Kirkus Star

SUMMER OF THE GYPSY MOTHS

Age Range: 9 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

Desperate times call for desperate measures indeed when, one summer afternoon on Cape Cod, 11-year-old Stella finds her sole caretaker, her great-aunt Louise, dead in her chair.

Stella, who’s been abandoned by her mom, and Louise's 12-year-old foster child Angel know the second they call 911 they’ll be hauled off by the authorities… and the thought of having to leave a good home for who knows where is too much to bear. So they bury Louise in the garden. The suspense escalates. How long will Stella and Angel be able to keep Louise’s death a secret in a small community? Will dogs dig up the body? Will the girls be able to pull off the task of assuming Louise’s duties as manager of the Linger Longer Cottage Colony? How long can they survive eating relish, stale croutons and “Froot Loop dust”? The unfolding story is both deliciously intense and entertaining. Stella, an order-seeking girl whose oracle is Heloise (of hint fame), not only knows how to keep a corpse from smelling (Febreze), she employs old pantyhose and Crisco to keep the gypsy moths off Louise’s beloved blueberry bushes. Stella's poetic, philosophical observations of the world are often genuinely moving, and tough-on-the-outside Angel is her perfect foil.

A suspenseful, surprising novel of friendship and family from the creator of the popular Clementine series. (Fiction. 9-12)

 

Pub Date: April 24th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-06-196420-6
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2012




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