Publisher's Note:  

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.

Summer of the Gypsy Moths

by Sarah Pennypacker

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Overall Review:  

Perfect for a read on a bright spring or summer day, or even in the winter to bring back memories of warmer weather--Summer of The Gypsy Moths is a charming book that will entertain readers of many different ages. Though it is about two young girls who are twelve years old or so, I thought the author did a magnificent job of writing this book in a way that could be relevant to grade schoolers, and maybe even those who are just entering high-school.


This book is unique in many ways, one of which being how the author approaches death, and responsibility in the loss of a parent or guardian. Ms. Pennypacker shines a semi-humorous light on what would typically be a morose subject that few would want to tackle in a book marketed towards younger readers. The two main characters in this book give a good example of how life changes when you lose a loved one, without being too overbearing or serious. This book would have been one of my favorites when I was young--if it had just been released about ten years earlier. I am glad it was not written in an overly juvenile way so I could still read it and enjoy it. If you or someone you know is looking for a delightful book to curl up with, this is the perfect read for brightening any day.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  2 religious exclamations; 5 scatological words.


Violence/Gore:  A character is mentioned to have died in a boating accident; two young girls discover a dead woman, the body is described briefly but no blood or gore is mentioned.


Sex/Nudity:  None

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Abandonment, death.

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Adults smoke.

Reviewed By Lydia
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