Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review

Although not everybody lives happily ever after...there is still plenty of joy to go around.
-NY Times


From Clementine author Sara Pennypacker, this is a poignant middle-grade novel about two foster children who must find a way to work together in order to survive.

Eleven-year-old Stella misses her (unreliable) mom, but she loves it at great-aunt Louise’s house. Louise lives on Cape Cod, where Stella hopes her mom will someday come and settle down. The only problem? Angel, the foster kid Louise has taken in. The two girls live together but there’s no way they’ll ever be friends.

Then Louise suddenly passes away one morning—and Stella and Angel decide not to tell anyone. Now they have to depend on each other for survival. Now they are forced to trust each other with the biggest secret ever.

With great empathy and humor, Sara Pennypacker tells the story of two very different girls who unexpectedly become each other’s true family.


About Sara Pennypacker

See more books from this Author
Author Bio: Sara Pennypacker ( was a painter before becoming a writer, and has two absolutely fabulous children who are now grown. She has written several books, including Clementine, The Talented Clementine, Clementine's Letter, Clementine, Friend of the Week, and Clementine and the Family Meeting, all illustrated by Marla Frazee. She grew up in Massachusetts and lives there to this day.Illustrator Bio: Marla Frazee ( illustrated the first five books in the Clementine series.  She is the author/illustrator of The Boss Baby; Walk On!; Santa Claus, the World's Number One Toy Expert; and Roller Coaster.  She is also a two time Caldecott Honoree, for All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon, and  her own A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever . Marla works in a small backyard cabin under an avocado tree in Pasadena, California.
Published April 24, 2012 by Balzer + Bray. 293 pages
Genres: Children's Books.
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for Summer of the Gypsy Moths
All: 1 | Positive: 1 | Negative: 0

NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Elisabeth Egan on May 11 2012

Although not everybody lives happily ever after...there is still plenty of joy to go around.

Read Full Review of Summer of the Gypsy Moths | See more reviews from NY Times

Reader Rating for Summer of the Gypsy Moths

An aggregated and normalized score based on 80 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review