Sand Dollar Summer by Kimberly K. Jones

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Twelve-year-old Lise watches her safe world fall apart when her strong, self-reliant mom is injured in a car accident. To recuperate, Mom takes Lise and her bright little brother to live in a rattletrap house on the beach in Maine for the summer. Although her mother grew up there, this is Lise's first experience with the ocean. She's terrified by what may be lurking in the cold depths and confused by the ways that Maine is changing her mother.

As secrets from the past start spilling out, even the solid earth may not keep Lise safe anymore. Lise will have to learn to go with the flow -- or risk falling apart -- in this tender, funny, and wise novel...the story of one family's unforgettable summer.

About Kimberly K. Jones

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Kimberly K. Jones is the author of Sand Dollar Summer, which earned two starred reviews, was named a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, and was chosen by Booklist as one of the Top Ten First Novels for Youth. She lives in Monkton, Vermont. Visit her online at
Published May 9, 2006 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 224 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The secure, suburban life that 12-year-old Lise is accustomed to abruptly moves into a forced hiatus after her single mom is seriously injured in a car accident and in need of long-term recuperation.

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Twelve-year-old Lise lives with her career-oriented mother and her five-year-old brother, Free, who is a ""selective mute."" The three of them have gotten along fine without a father (who left when he learned of her mother's second pregnancy), until Lise's mother is seriously injured in an automo...

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