Only this summer is a little disappointing as not everyone will be there. One friend is snowed in; another brings along two guests including a rather sullen young girl named Mallory, younger than Alice. However, Alice is determined to find a special shell in this remarkable year that she turns 10 (double digits!) a junonia. The junonia is rarely seen, but Alice hopes that this magical year of turning ten will also provide enough magic to find the shell. Perhaps she will find some other things as well. <28?
Henkes' novels for middle grade readers have been some of my favorites: OLIVE'S OCEAN, SUN AND SPOON, WORDS OF STONE, THE BIRTHDAY ROOM, and BIRD LAKE MOON. For readers who only know Henkes as the illustrator of award winning books like Chrysanthemum, Owen, and Kitten's First Full Moon, these books will be a revelation.
As an aside, I was reminded of KITTEN'S FIRST FULL MOON this week as I drove home from work under the light of a full moon. Think how much ricer my appreciation is because I read that picture book. Think of how enriched we can make the lives of our kids by sharing books with them.