Possum Summer by Jen K. Blom

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Possum Summer is an uplifting novel about a girl and her father whose fractious relationship is healed by the hard lessons they learn about love and letting go. Eleven-year-old P (short for Princess) longs for a pet, but her father insists that all animals on their Oklahoma farm earn their keep. While he's away on combat duty, P rescues an orphaned opossum that she names Ike. When her father is injured and her world falls down around her ears, P knows she must find it in herself to betray Ike's trust and force him to survive in the wild - no matter how much it kills her to do it.

About Jen K. Blom

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Jen. K. Bloom works as a translator and commericial and business writer in Germany, where she has lived for the past seven years. This is her first book.
Published March 15, 2011 by Holiday House. 155 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books.

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Eleven-year-old Princess desperately wants a pet, but her father says animals on a farm must earn their keep.

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First-time author Blom effectively evokes her novel's contemporary rural Oklahoma setting and creates a credibly feisty protagonist in narrator P, but the book suffers from uneven pacing and excessive melodrama.

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