A Summer of Sundays

A Summer of Sundays

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by Lindsay Eland
     
 

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New in paperback! A sweet, girl, middle-grade title about getting lost in a big family and unlikely friendship. Mother-Daughter Book Club fans rejoice!

Almost-twelve-year-old Sunday Foweler is a middle-of-the-middle child, and it's the absolute worst. Her sisters say she's too young. Her brothers say she's too old. And her parents remember the dog's name

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New in paperback! A sweet, girl, middle-grade title about getting lost in a big family and unlikely friendship. Mother-Daughter Book Club fans rejoice!

Almost-twelve-year-old Sunday Foweler is a middle-of-the-middle child, and it's the absolute worst. Her sisters say she's too young. Her brothers say she's too old. And her parents remember the dog's name more often than they remember hers.

But standing out is hard work when you have to help repair an old library and make sure your siblings don't steal your new best friend—or ruin all your plans.

Then Sunday finds something in the library's basement that might make her so famous no one will forget her name ever again.

A Summer of Sundays is a charming, funny celebration of family and finding friendship in unexpected places.

"[A] graceful, leisurely paced story . . . [R]eaders' affection for Sunday won't waver." —Publishers Weekly

"[A] contemporary story with the feel of a classic. . . . [T]his book is certain to stand out." —Booklist

"Sunday Fowler is determined to leave her mark on the summer and be 'recognized' - Lindsay Eland definitely left her mark on this reader." —Teen Librarian Toolbox

Also available in hardcover (ISBN: 9781606840306) and electronic book (ISBN: 9781606844137) formats.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Eland (Scones and Sensibility) crafts a graceful, leisurely paced story about 11-year-old Sunday Fowler, who yearns to stand out in her large family. Eclipsed by her two glamorous older sisters and three ebullient younger brothers, the often forgotten Sunday tries to make her mark the summer her contractor father and family move to a small town to renovate a library. The family's unwieldy but realistic dynamics are tinged with humor, even as Sunday's insecurities ramp up: her family forgets her at a rest stop, and she's iced out when her siblings choose rooms in their new house. When Sunday, a voracious reader, finds an anonymous manuscript in the library basement, she and her new friend Jude set out to locate the author. Eland crafts a memorable cast of small-town child and adult characters and effectively integrates their story lines. While the novel can be a bit slow, readers' affection for Sunday won't waver as this independent protagonist finds a way to balance her desire to be noticed with a growing maturity. Ages 8–12. Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (July)
From the Publisher
"Eland (Scones and Sensibility) crafts a graceful, leisurely paced story about 11-year-old Sunday Fowler, who yearns to stand out in her large family.' —Publishers Weekly

"Eland’s sophomore effort (Scones and Sensibility, 2009) is a contemporary story with the feel of a classic....this book is certain to stand out."— Booklist

Kirkus Reviews
An almost 12-year-old girl tries to distinguish herself from her five boisterous siblings in a very quiet coming-of-age tale. Eland (Scones and Sensibility, 2010) has crafted another thoughtful, slow-paced, character-driven story. The experience of being accidentally left behind at a service station as her family makes the trip to a small Pennsylvania town, where her father has been rehabbing the library, perfectly sums up for Sunday the position she holds: She's always hidden by the crowd. When her family returns a couple of hours later, not because they noticed her missing but because they lost their way, it reinforces her need to find a way to stand out among her siblings. Discovery of an old manuscript in the library cellar, possibly penned by an iconic and reclusive author, might provide the path to fame. Sunday, a strong reader who celebrates the value of good books, teams up with Jude, a sensitive local boy, to investigate the growing evidence that the story is somehow linked to an infamously withdrawn local man, Ben. Sunday's competent, low-key parents and realistically depicted, lively siblings are lovingly portrayed and may amuse readers growing up in more typical small families. Still, for many who pick it up, well-developed characters and a mild mystery may not be enough to sustain interest in this overlong effort. (Fiction. 10-14)
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Sunday Fowler, nearly 12, feels nearly invisible, stuck in the middle of six siblings who always seem to get noticed by their harried parents. She sees her chance to make her mark when her father, who has been renovating a library several hours away, makes arrangements for his family to stay with him for the summer as he completes the job. Many moments of hilarity and conflict in the large family are nicely captured, but there are just too many of them. Readers may be initially sympathetic to Sunday's plight as the middle child, especially after she is left behind at a rest stop, but her constant tallying of slights quickly grows wearisome. She also comes off as a user. The friendships she strikes up are means to an end, and the mild mystery she tries to solve feels contrived. Also, it's a bit of a stretch to accept that the children would be allowed access to a construction site where no qualified personnel are working and be expected to pitch in and help one moment, and then be allowed to range freely around town the next because it is convenient to the plot. Other details that don't add up include sending Sunday down darkened stairs to an equally dark basement with a flashlight to count lightbulbs or having the ability to view activity on the front porch of a house from its third-story window.—Brenda Kahn, Tenakill Middle School, Closter, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606840306
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/09/2013
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,202,780
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Lindsay Eland is the middle of three girls. She often had to wait for the bathroom, share a room and a bed with her sister, and sometimes felt forgotten. (Even so, she has always adored both of her sisters.)

She has published one previous novel, Scones and Sensibility.

Lindsay lives in Colorado with her husband and four children.

You can visit Lindsay online at www.lindsayeland.com and follow her on twitter @lindsayeland. The author lives in Breckenridge, CO.

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A Summer of Sunday's 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughters favorite summer read!  A must for all young readers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Five stars! Best book ever girls must read!!!!!! :)