Summer of the Gypsy Moths (Paperback)

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Summer of the Gypsy Moths (Paperback)



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“One summer Stella goes to live with her great-aunt Louise on Cape Cod. Angel, a foster child, has joined them in the sprawling old house that has four charming cottages nearby. Stella and Angel are like oil and water: Stella craves routine and neatness, while frosty Angel is anything but angelic. An unimaginable tragedy unites the girls, and the little cottages and their inhabitants challenge and comfort Stella and Angel as they work hard to keep their secret. This suspenseful and touching book shows the importance of really taking the time to know another person.”
— Joanne Doggart, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Chatham, MA

From Clementine author Sara Pennypacker, this is a poignant middle-grade novel about two foster children who must find a way to work together in order to survive.

Eleven-year-old Stella misses her (unreliable) mom, but she loves it at great-aunt Louise’s house. Louise lives on Cape Cod, where Stella hopes her mom will someday come and settle down. The only problem? Angel, the foster kid Louise has taken in. The two girls live together but there’s no way they’ll ever be friends.

Then Louise suddenly passes away one morning—and Stella and Angel decide not to tell anyone. Now they have to depend on each other for survival. Now they are forced to trust each other with the biggest secret ever.

With great empathy and humor, Sara Pennypacker tells the story of two very different girls who unexpectedly become each other’s true family.

Sara Pennypacker is the author of the New York Times bestselling Pax and Pax, Journey Home; the award-winning Clementine series and its spinoff series, Waylon; and the acclaimed novels Summer of the Gypsy Moths and Here in the Real World. She divides her time between Cape Cod, MA, and Florida. You can visit her online at

Product Details ISBN: 9780061964220
ISBN-10: 0061964220
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2013
Pages: 288
Language: English

★ “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 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

“Pennypacker’s marvelously tactile writing animates Stella’s narration and brings both engaging, resilient, and resourceful characters to life.” — School Library Journal

“Sara Pennypacker, author of the beloved Clementine series for younger readers, tells the story of two opposites who must find a way to work together to survive. While the situation may be extreme, young readers will relate to the challenges of having to work with people completely different from you.” — Brightly