Nana's Summer Surprise by Heather Hartt-Sussman

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In this third book of related titles, our protagonist must face one more hurdle in accepting his Nana's new "family." Nana's new husband Bob has a grandaughter named Hortense. They were friends last summer - but over the winter she's changed and the tentative friendship they shared seems a thing of the past.

At the cottage again for a summer holiday, the protagonist is horrified to discover that Hortense is no longer likely to enjoy climbling trees and running around. She's grown tall, wears skirts, and pins pictures of rock stars on her wall. Nana has deemed it "inappropriate" for them to share a room. All seems lost, until the two manage to find something to work towards together: a surprise birthday party for Nana.

This charming picture book holds a valuable lesson about getting along by finding common ground.

 

About Heather Hartt-Sussman

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Heather Hartt-Sussman was born in Montreal, graduated from Brandeis University, and attended the Sorbonne. She has been a copywriter for BCP in Montreal, a reporter and an associate international editor for the Hollywood Reporter, editor-in-chief of international news for TV Guide in French Canada, where she also had a popular column, "Heather Hartt in Hollywood" for five years. Heather Hartt-Sussman lives in Toronto with her husband, sons Scotty and Jack, and the family dog. Georgia Graham, born and raised in Calgary, began using artwork to entertain children in her Sunday school class. She has illustrated numerous children's books, including Wanda and the Wild Hair and Wanda and the Frogs.








Author Residence: Toronto, Ontario








Author Hometown: Montreal, Quebec Georgia Graham, born and raised in Calgary, began using artwork to entertain children in her Sunday school class. She has illustrated numerous children's books, including Wanda and the Wild Hair, Wanda and the Frogs, and Wanda's Freckles by Barbara Azore. Georgia also illustrated Nana's Getting Married, the first in the series, written by Heather Hartt-Sussman. The Lime Green Secret, which she wrote and illustrated, was published to critical acclaim. Georgia Graham lives on a tree farm in central Alberta with her husband and dog, Ginger.Illustrator Residence: Central AlbertaIllustrator Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
 
Published April 9, 2013 by Tundra Books. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Cousins on either side of the puberty divide find common ground in Nana's surprise birthday party.

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Cousins on either side of the puberty divide find common ground in Nana's surprise birthday party.

Mar 26 2013 | Read Full Review of Nana's Summer Surprise

PreS-Gr 2—The blended family that came together in Nana's Getting Married (2010) and Here Comes Hortense! (2012) is back with another rite-of-passage story: the awful moment when an infrequently seen adolescent companion has suddenly grown up, leaving the younger child behind. The unnamed young b...

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