Librarian: Joanne Pariseau, children's librarian, Dailey Memorial Library, Derby
Book: Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker
Age range: 8-12
Pariseau's summary: Summer of the Gypsy Moths is a Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award nominee for grades 5 and up. It tells the story of Stella and Angel, two 12-year-old girls living with their foster mother on Cape Cod. Stella longs for her wandering biological mother to return and settle down, while Angel would prefer to live with her aunt from Portugal.
The girls are different as night and day, but they have one thing in common: a longing for family. So when their foster mother dies, they decide to hide her death until their families come to take them home. But how long can they keep their secret — and run a summer cottage rental business on Cape Cod?
Why you'll like it: I loved getting to know the two main characters and how they avoided being "found out." Stella's obsession with Good Housekeeping's cleaning column "Hints from Heloise" and Angel's adamant avoidance of swimming all made sense in the end.
Renaissance Elementary School is an independent, co-educational, elementary day school, located at Shelburne Farms. The Renaissance School offers inquiry-based learning with a strong focus in differentiated education for Mathematics and Language Arts. Outdoor learning often takes place as all of the aspects of Shelburne Farms are incorporated into the curriculum.…(more)