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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Summer Sanctuary - Laurie Gray (Juvenile)

Released May 2010

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

Summer Sanctuary shares the story of a preacher's kid, Matthew, who is the oldest of four boys.  His mother is pregnant again, so Matthew's starting to think he'll never have space for himself.

While spending time researching his homeschooling project, Matthew meets an unusual girl and learns she is temporarily homeless. He devises a plan to keep her sheltered until her mom returns. By doing this, he learns a little about himself and the world around him.

This is the perfect story for a child who is advancing into longer stories, but that still need easier language. There are a few challenging words, but the theme and language are both suitable for those around 9 to 12 years old.

With a strong message about generosity and faith, I think a lot of advancing readers will walk away having learned a little. Plus, the characters are all likable making it fun to keep reading.

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