Friday, July 29, 2011

Junonia by Kevin Henkes

Reviewed by Miss Dewey at Orenda

Four paw prints.  It's winter break and Alice is taking her traditional family vacation in Florida to escape the cold in Wisconsin.  As luck would have it, Alice's birthday is always during break and this year should be extra special because she is tunring 10.  Double digits!  Every year Alice and her family stay in the same cottage and get to see all their Florida friends.  It's a wonderful time of year.  But this year is different.  Some of Alice's closest friends aren't able to visit and other people rent their cottages.  Nothing is going as planned.  This is a lovely and very gentle book.  There are no mysteries and no huge adventures, just a simple story about a girl and her family during a family trip.  Strangely enough, as gentle as this story is, I couldn't put the book down.  I had to read and finish this book as soon as possible.  There was just one very small thing I can't get out of my head, but if I told you, I might ruin part of the story.  I am happy to say I was one of the first people to receive a copy of this book.  The book was released the day I attended Book Expo in New York City.  To learn more about the author, visit

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