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!

10 Responses

  • Jenna writes:
    August 7th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    You’re right! This is a great book! I’ve read all the way through and really liked it! I liked how the author made Lise into the kind of character she is.

  • Hi writes:
    October 16th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    what is the theme of this book?

    • DollarBill writes:
      June 7th, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      A mere second could change your life forever

  • DollarBill writes:
    June 7th, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Sand Dollar Summer was a really good book, somehow I thought Annalise was going to marry Michael towards the ending. You can easily relate to this book and I’m pretty sure others will enjoy reading this as well.

  • makyla writes:
    May 5th, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    hey i haven’t finished but its a great start

  • Johnny writes:
    August 6th, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    i love this booooooooooooookk

  • ANSWERRR writes:
    November 12th, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    what is the theme

  • Isabella writes:
    October 20th, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Hey first of all what is the theme !?!?!, #ok I am in love with this book #my favorite yayayayahayayyaya
    Ok ok thanks

  • Hannah writes:
    June 15th, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Awesome book I agree!!!

  • lisa writes:
    December 17th, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    Pls help i have a report due tonight and i don’t know what the end of the books plot is, please help me out!! Thanks

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