Garmann's Summer by Stian Hole

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How do you feel about starting school? Auntie Borghild asks. Do you have butterflies in your tummy? Im scared, Garmann answers, wondering how butterflies get into your stomach. Garmanns summer is nearly over. The old aunts have come to visit, and autumn is in the air. Everything is ready for Garmanns first day of school, but still he is nervous. And he cant believe he hasnt lost a single tooth yet, despite his best efforts! An endearing and memorable central character, Garmann ponders fear and courage, life and death, beginnings and endings. And in the process he learns in touching ways that everyone is scared of something. This unique story, with its fascinating and imaginative illustrations, won the 2007 Bologna Ragazzi Award, one of the most important international prizes for excellence in childrens book publishing, which is awarded each year in conjunction with the Bologna Childrens Book Fair.

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Stian Hole is a Norwegian author and illustrator. His picture books include Garmann's Street and Garmann's Summer, which won a BolognaRagazzi Award, a Batchelder Award Honor, and an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. The book also was recently named to the IBBY Honour List for 2010.
Published April 1, 2008 by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. 42 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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In another unusual and sensitive intergenerational story, a follow-up to the Batchelder Honor book Garmann’s Summer (2008), the anxious, introspective Norwegian boy now frets about Roy, a bully from the fourth grade.

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After tackling the neighborhood bully (Garmann's Street, 2010) and the impending death of his elderly aunts (Garmann's Summer, 2008), Garmann returns in his third discovery of life’s universal truths, this time exploring secrets—and first love.

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His violinist father gets nervous before concerts, his mother worries about his crossing the street by himself and forgetful Auntie Augusta “doesn’t remember what it is like to be scared.” As he observes the signs of the aunts’ aging and the death of a sparrow in the garden, Garmann begins to und...

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A bully named Roy, who is “Congress, God, the basketball team's top scorer, and first in everything” pressures Garmann to light a match, which starts a fire in the yard of a scary, eccentric neighbor, known as the “Stamp Man.” The fire is put out, and an odd friendship grows between Garmann and t...

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