Kidsmomo Podcast #29: “Just Beachy”

July 13th, 2010 by

A snobby mermaid, a kooky hotel, breakfast with Mickey Mouse, and special reading goggles — you’ll find them all in our latest podcast, all about beach reads! Plus, Nancy and Karen psychoanalyze each other, according to the world of the Baby-Sitters Club. C’mon, you don’t want to miss that!

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  • A surprise guest at the pool party (and Nancy goes all gaga over a cute guy) — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Our beach read recs (The Pink Motel, BSC prequel The Summer Before)
  • A sunny review by YOU (Sand Dollar Summer)

Also, don’t forget: our new theme is globe-trotting adventures! So send us a review of your favorite book about thrilling foreign travel (or an epic journey between countries) and check out our picks for globe-trotting adventures.

— Karen and Nancy

Sand Dollar Summer by Kimberly K. Jones

June 29th, 2010 by

Submitted by Hahaha me, Age 11 from Maine

Rating: ★★★★½

Even though Lise’s family has no father, her mother makes up for it all. She always gets what she wants when she wants it. Lise feels comfortable in her family of one brother, one mother and a slobbery dog, Babe. Until her pushy mom gets in a car crash—and decides to lug the family up to Fiddle Beach, Maine, where she grew up, to spend the summer. Lise hates the ocean, hates how her life is falling apart and REALLY hates how her mom is falling apart too. How is she supposed to survive?

I have to say I LOVE this book mostly because it takes place in Maine, my home state. I thought Lise was a complete wimp to think the water is cold (no, it’s not), and how she chooses to eat hamburgers over lobster just because she didn’t want the lobsters to die! I was laughing at her, but at the same time on her side. Sand Dollar Summer is short and funny, but serious at the same time. I think the best part of the book is that there is no other book with the same theme. Think about it—there are SO many books about a kid moving to another town or state, or about a kid who needs to win the little league baseball championships. How many books have a car crash, a brother how doesn’t speak, the beach and lobsters in it all together? One. So read it!


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