|Silver Meadows summer|
Author: Otheguy, Emma
Eleven-year-old Carolina moves with her family from Puerto Rico to upstate New York, where she attends Silver Meadows camp with her cousin, finds an abandoned cottage, and reclaims parts of the life she left in Puerto Rico.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.10
Points: 8.0 Quiz: 501147
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 4.70
Points: 11.0 Quiz: 76807
Kirkus Reviews (02/01/19)
School Library Journal (02/01/19)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/03/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 02/01/2019 When shy and introverted Carolina and her family abruptly move from Puerto Rico to upstate New York in search of better opportunities, her life is turned upside down, and anyone who has experienced displacement or is a child of immigrants should easily relate to her story in Otheguy's novel. Suddenly, Carolina's well-meaning mom wants everyone to fit in at all costs, and she can't help but long for her real home. That is, until she makes a friend at her summer camp. As with many excellent middle-grade books, there's a story here about trying to understand where someone is coming from, instead of giving in to snap judgments. Some poetry is woven into the narrative as well, placing emphasis on roads, contrasting Robert Frost with his contemporary Antonio Machado, who posits there is no path except the one you're walking. In the end, home is where the heart is, and readers who like character-driven fiction will cheer Carolina on as she discovers her own way to find a sense of belonging. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 02/01/2019 Gr 4–6—When 11-year-old Caroline's father loses his job, the family leaves Puerto Rico and relocates in New York where they live with other family members. Her cousin, Gabriela, is far more social than Caroline, who focuses on her art. Carolina and Gabriela are going to Silver Meadows camp this summer, where Gabriela has been in past years and has friends. Carolina's mom suggests she should make friends and be less "antisocial." Caroline meets Jennifer and they share an interest in art, but Gabriela tells her that Jennifer is "weird" and should be avoided. Jennifer and Caroline find a cabin nestled in the woods of the camp that others don't know about and secretly turn the rundown place into their own private artist studio. This contemporary novel reflects the complications of giving up a home, relocating in a new country, and following one's own interests even when they are not fully understood by others. VERDICT An introspective, character-driven tale that will appeal to artists, introverts, or any child who has felt like an outsider.—Helen Foster James, University of California at San Diego - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.