|Ice cream summer (Orchard novel)|
Author: Atwood, Megan
Book #1--Lizzie and Sarah, neighbors and best friends, look forward to running the ice cream stand at Lizzie's family's New England orchard, but their plans go awry.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.30
Points: 4.0 Quiz: 189691
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 3.40
Points: 8.0 Quiz: 76863
Kirkus Reviews (-) (03/15/17)
School Library Journal (05/01/17)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 05/01/2017 Gr 3–5—In this series opener, Sarah can't wait to work the ice-cream stand this summer with her best friend, Lizzie, whose parents own it along with an orchard. Lizzie's parents agree that if the girls raise $5,000 at the ice-cream stand, they can fulfill their dream of running a zombie hayride in the fall. When twins Olive and Peter move to town for the year with their dads, Lizzie invites them to work the ice-cream stand, too. Sarah immediately disapproves of this idea, as she fears losing her best friend. She becomes jealous when Lizzie bonds with the twins over their mutual love of old movies. To make matters worse, a couple of weeks into summer, Sarah goes to count the money in the safe to see if she, Lizzie, Peter, and Olive are on track to meet their goal and discovers all the money is gone. As the four work together to solve the mystery of the missing money, Sarah learns what it means to be a good friend. Each chapter starts with a full-page illustration and a silly ice-cream flavor that riffs on the plot. The town is comprised of diverse characters. Readers looking for friendship stories will relate to Sarah's fears about growing apart from her best friend, but those hoping to find a mystery will be disappointed that the missing money plotline is secondary and is resolved unsatisfactorily. Additionally, the book doesn't have a clear audience. The drama is fairly light and will appeal mostly to a lower elementary audience, but the length of the chapters and book as a whole, combined with a large cast of characters, will be intimidating to all but the strongest young readers. VERDICT A friendship tale as sweet as ice cream; notable for its casual diversity, but unfocused in terms of audience.—Jenna Friebel, Oak Park Public Library, IL - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 05/15/2017 What could be better than spending the summer managing an ice cream stand with your best friend? Eleven-year-olds Sarah and Lizzie are ecstatic to prove their capabilities to Lizzie’s parents and raise extra cash for a zombie hayride at Halloween. But when twins Olive and Peter and their fathers move to New Amity for a year, Sarah begins to doubt her friendship with Lizzie. Further complications arise when the twins start working at the ice cream stand and a day’s profits go missing. Can the four kids find their way from suspicion and jealousy to trust and friendship? Atwood has created a delightful friendship story, replete with a well-developed cast of multicultural characters. The dynamics among the tweens (and, in some instances, their parents) move the story along at a satisfying pace, and Sarah’s insecurities and personal growth are relayed in a relatable fashion. This first in a series is sure to be a good summer vacation read, especially for readers on the younger end of the age range. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.