My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer by Jennifer Gennari

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Twelve-year-old June Farrell is sure of one thing—she’s great at making pies—and she plans to prove it by winning a blue ribbon in the Champlain Valley Fair pie competition. But a backlash against Vermont’s civil union law threatens her family’s security and their business. Even when faced with bullying, June won’t give up on winning the blue ribbon; more importantly, she won’t give up on her family.

 

About Jennifer Gennari

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Jennifer Gennari has been a writer and editor for more than twenty years. A graduate of Vassar College, she holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives with her family in Sausalito, California-where they often whip up scrumptious berry pies. She returns to Lake Champlain every summer. This is her first book. Visit her website at www.jengennari.com
 
Published May 7, 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 128 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The summer of 2000 should be an idyllic one for June, spending it alongside Vermont’s Lake Champlain, but her mother has decided to wed her partner, Eva, under the state’s newly enacted civil-union law.

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“The subject of same-sex marriages is tastefully handled in a manner preteens can understand and relate to.”

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City Book Review

June feels like everything was fine before Eva came, and she wishes that Eva would just go away so she wouldn’t have to deal with other people judging her and her mother.

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Common Sense Media

June is bullied by some older boys, and her family is targeted by local townspeople, who boycott her mother's store, place offensive signs on their lawn, and gossip openly about how they disapprove of the relationship between June's mother and future stepmother.

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It’s fair time – both the Oklahoma State Fair and the County Fair.

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Wilson Pulitzer Prize-Winning Biologist Author of On Human Nature Sat 11 Tix are available at etix.com Sun7:30 @Powells the first collection of short fiction from Jess Walter, is a suite of diverse, often comic stories wp.me/P2DwkQ-bv0 Twelve-year-old Jane Farrell is not having a gr...

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