Sand Dollar Summer by Kimberly K. Jones

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3.5 Stars

Lise’s world is turned upside down when her mother is seriously injured in a car accident.  Unable to afford their home or return to work, Lise’s mother decides to move the family back to her childhood home in Maine.  Living on the beach for the summer doesn’t seem so bad at first, but the reality that Lise faces is nothing like what she imagines.  Her mother used to be happy, energetic, and fun.  Now Lise feels as if she has become the parent.  Her mother is quiet and withdrawn - often daydreaming about another time and another world that Lise is not a part of.  The beach house is a worn down tiny shack that doesn’t even have a TV, and the crystal blue ocean is actually bone-piercing cold and impossible to swim in, even in the hottest weather.  Lise has left her best friends behind and finds that none of the popular, cool kids her age live anywhere close to where they’re staying. Lise has a hard time accepting her situation but does her best to take care of her little brother, Free (who does not speak) and her injured mother despite her unhappiness.  Just when she begins to feel there is no hope, a stranger enters their lives.  Michael dated her mother in high school and clearly still cares for her.  Will Lise’s mother let him back into their lives - and back into her heart?  Will Lise find the inner happiness she needs to survive her new world? Sand Dollar Summer shows that even in the face of conflict and hardships, family can pull together and emerge happier and stronger than ever before.

40 comments:

  1. Sand dollar summer was an amazing book. We just finished it in my class and everyone enjoyed. even the boys liked it

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  2. This book is about a girl who's life gets turned around. Her mother gets in a car wreck and gets hurt really bad. So this man helps the family out. He gets them where they need to go. Then they have to move into a shack on the beach. It is not a very good kind of shack

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  3. Sand Dollar Summer by Kimberly K. Jones was a sad but book, even though it wasn't my favorite. This book is about a girl named Lise who suffers because her mother is injured in a car accident and they can't afford a house so her mother decides to move back to Maine where they lived before. Lise has to take care of her younger brother and her mother only in a shack that is in poor condition. When Lise can't deal with the situation anymore a man named Michael who dated her mom in high school helps them out alot showing that he still cares for her mother. I think that Lise is a very srong girl who is determined to help her family get throught all possiable problems because she never gives up and she has courage to take care of her mom amd brother. I really loved this book by Kimberly K. Jones because Lise never gave up and showed that she really cares for her family

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  4. I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was amazing. Everyone should read this book. This book showed kindness of other for some reason to me

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  5. its the best its kinda like my life except without a brother who cant speak

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  6. This book i can truly recommend to people.Its a sad, funny,and suspencful book at the same time.When Free first started to talk i was amazed and was very happy because a lot of trouble went on with the schools because of him not talking which was very sad because it wasnt his fault neither the Annalise (the mom).
    But it was interesting how Lise and free keept a close relationship as brothers and sisters and as friend.I was hoping that Micheal and Annalise will end up being togeather.Also this book is like a real life like book.I really enjoyed this book!

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  7. sand dollar summer was a very sad book i hated it when her mother got in the car crash and when the cant afford a house and they have to move to maine

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  8. This book is sad but also makes you happy. This book is about a girl named Lise and she is having to suffer moving to her hometown,because her mom was in an accident . But when she finds out that their is no one that is popular that lives around the shack that they now live in all hopes are up . They are liveing in a beach shack that don't even have a TV. But then the man that her mom was once dating is now back and want's to date again (because he still has feelings for her) , but will her mom take his acceptance and let him into her life ? Well YOU will just have to read it .!!!!!!!!:)

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  9. This was a great book..It has to do with a girl that life gets turned completlt around after she finds out her mother has died in a car accident.Then a girl meets a guy that changes her life, he helps the fmaily get on there feet again.After the family gets on there feet, the family has to move to a shack on the beach.changing the girls life.Also in the book Free had a great friend,mother,(Annalise) she was always there for free.

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  10. This was a great book..It has to do with a girl that life gets turned completlt around after she finds out her mother has died in a car accident.Then a girl meets a guy that changes her life, he helps the fmaily get on there feet again.After the family gets on there feet, the family has to move to a shack on the beach.changing the girls life.Also in the book Free had a great friend,mother Annalise. she was always there for free. I would rate this book a four out of five. Because Free had to go through alot of stuff to get over her mothers deaf...We all go through things for better things to fit in place.

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  11. I dont get it. why is everyone saying it's sad? its the exact opposite of sad. her mother found the love of her past, and they hit it off again, free started talking, and she met great people. this is an inspiring book.

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  12. i luved this book it was very sad and my life kindof is the same way

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  13. it wasnt very sad at all. It was amazing!

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  14. This book is very interesting , I don't read that much but whenever i have a chance to read it, i do (:

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  15. i never read this but im about to could you not tell everybody everything about it

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  16. i thought it was a good book

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  17. i diddnt really enjoy the book....maybe because its just not my type of book or because of some other reason....i kind of thought that Lise was a brat....she called her injured mom a freak

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  18. i think this book is a great way to relax & all ppl who think its dumb,its not the book its just you

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  19. I loved this book! It had so much drama. There was so many parts where I couldn't put the book down. I love this book! Everyone should read this book! I would give it 5 stars!

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  20. this book was soooo awesome,but sad... when i got to the part where they couldnt find babe and michael said that they had to leave him behind i actually started crying,because i love animals! But otherwise this book is the best book ever!

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  21. i loved this book! i just finished it,but i am curiouse do Annalise and michael end up together?

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  22. omg the best book EVER!

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  23. I loved reading this book. It was very sad at parts but I like books like that. Her mom in the book reminds me of my mom she does not stand for crap.

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  24. it was good but not my favorite I'm still likeing diary of a wmpy kid and twilight saga

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  25. sand dollar summer was an amazing book!!!!i couldnt set it down evrey reading period i would read and read!!

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  26. Its Sad t some parts but very good 99.9% of the time! (:

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  27. Great book I read your I love it

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  28. Sand Dollar Summer is vey awsome the book itself is very vivid and i just enjoyed it. It feels as if my life is exactly like the book.

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  29. awesome book!!!

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  30. I read this awhile ago and i was wonderig if anyone knew about any other books like this or that take place on a beach? Any ideas?

    Thanks!

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  31. I read this book like three times because i love it so much! This book is a really awesome book! I can't wait for you to write more!

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  32. i loved this heart touching book.

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  33. this book was really good! :D

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  34. I loved this book so much.. I am not a person that likes to read but i read this for my book report and i LOVED this book! This is probably the best book i have ever read and ever will! Good job kimberly!

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  35. i loved tis book it is one of my favorite <3 :D

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  36. OMG loved it! It was really touching actually...

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  37. it is the only book I have ever read on my own and when I read it, it felt like I was watching a movie and no other book has had that effect on me.

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  38. it made me cry, because i had also ttryeed to run away from my foster parents. i can relate to somuch of this story-this book has made more sense than anyother book to me. it's kind ofsick. this book is my favorite book. it leavea little scaring too me. :(

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  39. i loved this book and i will read it over and over again. :*

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