Sara Pennypacker Books
Summer of the Gypsy
loves living with Great-aunt Louise in her big old house
near the water on Cape Cod for many reasons, but mostly
because Louise likes routine as much as she does, something
Stella appreciates since her mom is, well, kind of unreliable.
So while Mom "finds herself," Stella fantasizes that someday
she'll come back to the Cape and settle down. The only obstacle
to her plan? Angel, the foster kid Louise has taken in.
Angel couldn't be less like her name - she's tough and prickly,
and the girls hardly speak to each other.
But when tragedy unexpectedly strikes, Stella and Angel
are forced to rely on each other to survive, and they learn
that they are stronger together than they could have imagined.
And over the course of the summer they discover the one
thing they do have in common: dreams of finally belonging
to a real family. Praise
for Summer of the Gypsy Moths
Kids & Teachers - Study Guide
- “Pennypacker is a Beverly Cleary-caliber girl-whisperer;
she can weave a yarn both funny and touching, with all
the beloved, timeworn themes at the ready: friendship,
family, loyalty, loss and independence.” (New
York Times Book Review)"
- “A suspenseful, surprising novel of friendship
and family from the creator of the popular Clementine
series.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
- “Beautifully evoked, the novel’s Cape
Cod setting plays a focal role in this richly layered
tale of loss, resiliency, and belonging.” (Publishers
Weekly (starred review))
- “Pennypacker’s marvelously tactile writing
animates Stella’s narration and brings both engaging,
resilient, and resourceful characters to life.”
(School Library Journal)