Book - 2011/05/24
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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 always are.
Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, 2011/05/24
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061964176
Branch Call Number: J FICTION HENKES
Characteristics: 192


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Jun 16, 2017

One of my FAVOURITE summer reads!!

litriocht Jun 17, 2014

Sanibel Island, the destination of Alice's annual family beach trip, is a premier place for seashell seekers. And the junonia is the most coveted shell. Every year, she has sought one. And since Alice is turning ten--double digits!--she is convinced that this is the special time when she will finally find it.

But this year's trip is... different. Her extended family, formed by the Island vacationers she has come to know and love, is changing. Some members will not be joining her on this year's holiday. And others have brought outsiders with them to her island sanctuary.

An extremely rare object, the junonia symbolizes all things precious to Alice: the elusive title shell is named after Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage and family. And this middle-grade novel is a simply told tale about shifting relationships and growing up. As she searches along the seashore, her ideas about family become more sophisticated. Alice's discoveries during this trip are a mishmash of disappointment, joy, and understanding.

gash Jul 12, 2012

Nothing special aabout this book. Nothing interesting happened. I could see the author was just trying to make the book be that 200 or so pages. In a book like this, you are supposed to sympathize with the main character, in this case Alice. I didn't. She seemed so whiny and she cared about little stuff. Next time the author should make an actual plot and conflict

Jul 19, 2011

Charming tween story; a rare look at 10-year old girl coping with emotional waves of daily life. Impressive for a man (author, Kevin Henkes) to be sensitive to issues pertaining to a 10-year girl’s emotional stability—like the trauma of hearing another girl is the “most beautiful.” (At least this is a sensitivity I never acquired despite fathering a wonderful daughter. Or perhaps I refused to acknowledge that anyone needed to be consoled when hearing praise for another.) I envy those who can share this book with a 6 to 12 year old. Despite not having any earthshaking events (fatalities, injuries, weddings, etc.), the story is veritable “rollercoaster” ride of mood changes: ups, downs, and hairpin turns. Junonia’s story is subtle but unforgettable, and perhaps more importantly, this book clearly illustrates to all who encounter it, whatever their age, the potential of writers to explore private internal worlds. It should inspire many young readers to similarly relate their private states for others to appreciate.

m2 Jun 24, 2011

I was really disappointed in this book. It was a week in the life of a girl turning 10, but I didn't think much of the book. Her narrative voice was not unique. Her experiences weren't that interesting. She's very young for 10, it seems. She seems very sheltered and kind of boring?
Why write about her?

debwalker Jun 17, 2011

Discover: Kevin Henkes introduces a new character who powerfully embodies the pains of growing up.


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