Monday, November 26, 2012

The Summer I Learned to Fly

I feel this title is a hidden gem. Girls will love it. It tackles some serious topics but isn't overly sad or heart wrenching.



Author – Dana Reinhardt


Genre – Families, Friendship, Social situations


Number of pages – 224


Is this book part of a series? – No


Publication date – July 2011


Publisher - Wendy Lamb Books


Links to Amazon US


Formats available – hardcover, library binding, paperback, ebook, audio CD


Target age of reader - 10 or 12 and up


Reading level -  750L


Description -  Drew's a bit of a loner. She has a pet rat, her dead dad's Book of Lists, an encyclopedic knowledge of cheese from working at her mom's cheese shop, and a crush on Nick, the surf bum who works behind the counter. It's the summer before eighth grade and Drew's days seem like business as usual, until one night after closing time, when she meets a strange boy in the alley named Emmett Crane. Who he is, why he's there, where the cut on his cheek came from, and his bottomless knowledge of rats are all mysteries Drew will untangle as they are drawn closer together, and Drew enters into the first true friendship, and adventure, of her life.


Themes of the book – friendship, dealing with difficult situations, making friends, being lonely, healing, Native American legends, taking chances, miracles, mother/daughter relationships


Main character is – female, Drew/Robin age 13


The story takes place in - California


Overall rating of this book  – G rated.


** Spoiler Alert **


~ Content ~


Language, profanity – none


Sexual references or actions – none


Violence – none


Drugs, alcohol, etc – none


Religious themes - mild references to Native American spirituality


Character types - all human


Heads up for sensitive readers:

 There is one touching scene involving a family pet that may be tough for some sensitive readers.
An accident involving a close friend

Is this a good title for book reports?

 Yes - I especially feel this would be good for advanced readers. Teachers looking for clean titles for their young students, here you go.


You can read my review of this story by clicking here – The Summer I Learned to Fly. That link will bring you to Amazon.

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~ Jenna

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