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Junoniaby Kevin Henkes
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Returning to the beach cottage—a cottage named Scallop—where she has always celebrated her birthday is a special occasion for Alice Rice.
Who will see the first dolphin this time? The first pelican? What will have changed? Stayed the same? And will this be the year she finally finds a junonia shell?
Alice's friends are all returning, too. And she's certain her parents have the best party planned for her. Alice can't wait. If Alice is lucky, everything will be absolutely perfect. Will Alice be lucky?
"In this introspective story about a child's search for a rare shell, Henkes (Bird Lake Moon) again displays his ability to find profound meaning in ordinary events. Every year Alice Rice and her parents take a trip to Florida's Sanibel Island, but this year things are different. Some of the people Alice is looking forward to seeing are missing, and the neighboring cabin usually rented to a fun artist from New York is now occupied by a friend of Alice's mother, her new boyfriend, and his moody and disruptive six-year-old daughter. Swallowing her disappointment, Alice still believes that her vacation will be a success if only she can find the rare shell she most covets, the junonia ('After all, she was going to be ten. Finding a junonia would be the perfect gift'). Like her disappointments, Alice's discoveries aren't what she expects, but her understanding of people — both old friends and new acquaintances — deepens during the process. Readers will empathize with Alice's frustrations and relish her moments of joy. Images of the beach and the moving, meaningful interactions between characters will linger with readers. Ages 8 — 12. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The week of her tenth birthday, Alice and her parents go to Sanibel Island, Florida, just as they do every year, but this time some of the people who are always there are missing and some new people have come, which unsettles Alice, who wants things to be exactly the same as they alway are.
About the Author
Kevin Henkes was awarded the Caldecott Medal for Kitten's First Full Moon. He is the creator of several picture books featuring his mouse characters, including the #1 New York Timesbestsellers Lilly's Big Dayand Wemberly Worried, the Caldecott Honor Book Owen, and the beloved Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. A starred review from The Horn Bookcalled his picture book Old Bear"another winner for very young children," and Bruce Handy, in a New York Times Book Reviewpiece about A Good Day, one of the author's most recent picture books, wrote, "It should be said: Kevin Henkes is a genius." Mr. Henkes also writes for older children. His novels include Bird Lake Moon, the Newbery Honor Book Olive's Ocean, The Birthday Room, and Sun & Spoon.
Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.
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