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Posted October 16, 2014
Bingo Summer is a rags to riches tale of a girl who gets a lottery ticket for her 13th birthday and becomes an instant millionaire! I don't want to give you spoilers, but you can follow Summer and her family through the highs and lows including having to move to a new town away from all you know to making new friends. I think everyone has dreamed of hitting it big at least once in their life, and this is one side of the fantasy. If you are looking for a great tween tale or book club read, this is a book for you!
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Posted October 18, 2014
Summer scratches a lottery card that she received on her 13th birthday and her family becomes millionaires. Then her family up roots her from their small town to a Chicago suburb. Summer doesn't want things to change, but her life keeps moving without her even doing anything. Then her secret threatens to get revealed and she must figure out what to do.
This a very good book for pre teen and teenagers. It talks about how to stay true to yourself despite everything life throws at you.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for honest review.
Posted October 16, 2014
I loved this book. Summer is such a fun character and it is great to meet another Cubs fan. Summer learns what it is like to win the lottery and to take chances in life. There's a chance you could win a million dollars on a Bingo Birthday Bash lottery ticket. Or ten million. Or none. There's also a chance that when you move away from your best friends, you might never find another. Or instead you meet two new ones. Great book for girls 7 - 14Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 15, 2014
This story was filled with many lessons for a young teen to learn. A mother with her two young daughters are in the throes of poverty, are celebrating Summer's birthday (the oldest child) as they usually do at $10 lotto ticket. As Summer finishes scratching the ticket she is hoping to at least win the $10 back so they can buy milk, instead she wins the big time prize 10 million dollars. In that instant everything changes. Friends and members come calling for handouts. To much for mom to handle they move away and settle in a little town that people have more money than they know what to do. Forced to make new friends and start a new life Summer is having trouble adjusting she wishes she can be at her old school, with old friends. She soon makes friends, but discovers that they are not what they seem. In the end she discovers that she must be true self, and never forget where she comes from. She ends up making a few new good friends and keeping her best friend Dana as well not to mention Dink .
This is a cute read for a young teen. It really has valid points in regards to adjusting to something big as winning the lottery.
Posted October 14, 2014
When I was between the ages of 8 and 13 years old, I would spend quiet hours roaming the aisles of our local library. I would gather many hardcover books, which crinkled when they were opened, that they would stack perilously in my arms. I had many favorites that I found just by browsing, and, when I began reading Bingo Summer, I was transported to those moments where I would discover a wonderful new book. From the first chapter, Malone has the reader hooked. Her casual tone describing the moment when Summer scratches off the winning ticket brought the reader right into their hot kitchen to follow her family along on this adventure.
"Announcing our luck in front of Mrs. Hennessey was our first mistake."
Of course, the winning lottery ticket changed Summer's life, as they found neighbors and friends who all needed a helping hand. Summer moves from Stanton to Dorrance, but she's not quite sure how this transition is going to be for her with new friends. Malone writes with thoughtful detail, and I loved the description of Summer's sister, J.C., circling everything she wants in catalogs with gel pens. The reader follows Summer as she makes this transition to a new home, new place in life, and new school. It's a journey for Summer as she tries to find friends, keep them, and stay true to who she knew back in Stanton. Teachers and parents could use this in the classroom or at home to discuss making friends, finances, and growing up. In fact, this would be a really fun story for students to discuss and work on creative writing, too. I'd highly recommend this for any reader; it's descriptive, well-written, and relatable (well, the life journey - maybe not the million dollar lottery ticket :)!
Posted October 14, 2014
This is a" from rags to riches story" yet very entertaining. Summer Haas’ family gathered around the
kitchen table for their very unusual birthday tradition. The "birthday girl" receives a lottery ticket to scratch
off the chosen numbers. All Summer wished for was to win $10. so she could replace the money her
mother spent for the ticket so they could purchase bread and milk.
The story kept the attention of the reader and was well written, although it lacked depth... feeling. One
had the impression one was reading a commentary on the plot. The tale addressed a few issues
teenagers can relate with, although, they were minimized. The ending had a nice "zing" to it.
The book cover was very attractive yet only slightly related to the story.The author portrayed the characters
is the story well with an interesting variety. However, the background scenes were not picturesque at all.
*This book was sent to me for an honest review, of which I have given.
Posted October 11, 2014
I found myself really relating to Summer (although I've never won millions on a scratch-off). Her struggle with learning the difference between working to fit in with the popular kids & impressing people to make friends... and being real and true to yourself & just finding the place you fit to find friends was just so REAL. So true to life. I think it's something most kids in junior school and high school go through. Heck... it's something people continue to go through as adults.
Like Summer, I've had times of trying to dress the part of the person I think more people would be drawn to. But when I'm honest with myself... and go with my jeans and geeky t-shirts, and hoody sweat shirts... I'm just more comfortable in my own skin. And I find that when I'm comfortable with myself... I'm less worried with what others' are thinking of me.
I'd love to read another Summer book. The young romance starting between Summer and Dink would make for a fun read I think. Plus... I'd just love to know more about Dink and his missionary parents.
Posted October 9, 2014
I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.
When Summer’s family wins the lottery, everything and everyone in her hometown of Scranton goes crazy. The solution? Summer’s mom tells her and her sister, JC, that they’re moving. They end up in a small town with a lot of wealthy people.
You can’t help but feel sorry for Summer. It’s hard enough to move when you’re in junior high or high school. Everyone has their own friends who they’ve grown up with and it can be difficult for a newcomer to make friends. She also has to deal with a complete change of lifestyle and trying to fit in with a whole different type of people than she’s used to.
Dawn Malone’s writing style flows well and is easy to read. It’s easy to picture the people and places she’s writing about.
Bingo Summer is not only a good story but it emphasizes the importance of accepting ourselves for who we are and that we’re not going to be happy if we try to be someone we’re not. A great example of that is Summer’s mom. She is who she is and she doesn’t apologize to anyone for the way she is.
I definitely recommend Bingo Summer for readers 10 and up.
Posted October 3, 2014
A lucky lottery ticket for Summer Haas’s 13th birthday suddenly makes her family instant millionaires but the change in lifestyle is unsettling. While it’s nice to live in a big house in a new town where no one knows them that her mother impulsively buys in the Chicago suburbs, Summer still has to adjust to making new friends and starting a new school. It’s not that she’s ashamed of why she no longer has to shop at thrift stores for clothes, but she’s not sure if she wants her new friends to know. And some of the new girls, especially Mara who plays the same position for softball, act more like frenemies than friends. Does hiding the source of her newfound wealth also mean Summer can’t be herself anymore?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 28, 2014
This was a cute if somewhat formulaic middle grade read. Summer's life changes instantly when she wins $10 million
on a scratch off ticket on her birthday. So much so that her mom packs up Summer and her sister and moves them to
the town of Dorrance. Summer has trouble fitting in with the ritzy lifestyle the girls in the town seem to lead,
and as a result has trouble making friends. She's about to learn that having money doesn't solve all your problems,
but can she convince her family of that?
The biggest problem in this book is the one I found so unbelievable. Summer really does not want anyone in her new town
to know she won her money on a scratch off. I am not sure why this would be that big of a deal, but maybe it's because I am an adult.
Summer thinks the people of her town knowing she used to be poor would be the peak of embarrassment.
Eventually, the truth does come out and Summer learns she was mostly worried for nothing.
While Summer does seem to have problems connecting with the girls in her new school, I don't think she was trying her best
at times either. She's unnecessarily mean to Dink, and sometimes even when others are trying to strike up a conversation with her,
she is standoffish.
At the heart of the book this is a family story, and it was simultaneously cringe inducing and heart warming to see
Summer and her mom adapt to life in such a different society. People may laugh at what Summer's mom
is trying to do, but her two daughters are proud of her and that's really all she needs.
There were a couple of unanswered questions (what was the deal with Frank?), but the story wraps up sweetly and gives you
hope that Summer has learned a lot and will be OK wherever life takes her.
Posted September 26, 2014
When I first saw the concept for Bingo Summer, my immediate thought was that it sounded cute but would
probably be on the cheesy side of entertaining. A lottery winning kid just screams of simple lighthearted fun,
right? Oh goodness gracious was I ever wrong! I can not put into words how delighted I was with Bingo Summer
in comparison to what I expected.
Without offering up any spoilers, I will say that Bingo Summer is so much more. The writer visits many issues that
kids deal with: parents, siblings, step-parents, fitting in, friends, finances, bullying and more. Yet the entire time,
the story remains entertaining without becoming depressing or painful. We are right there with Summer as she
grows and her life changes.
As an adult, I would recommend this for tweens, teens and adults. There is something here for all of us to enjoy
and learn from. Kudos to Dawn Malone for a beautiful story.
Posted September 15, 2014
Great book with a great story and a good moral, it shows how all teens, weather poor or rich still strugle with friends, and things they want to do versus what a friends wants to do, I think most girls and boys will enjoy this story in middle school. The cover looks to be targeted more to girls, but if a boy picks it up I do think he will like it as what tween would not dream of hitting the loto? I really enjoyed this book and recommend it for book clubs or any tween.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 13, 2014
Bingo Summer is about the happenings of a Mom and her two girls once they hit the lottery on a Bingo scratch off card.
It tells the problems that the mother runs into with the publicity and then moves to another town to escape it. The story picks up
with the hardships of adjusting to a new school for Summer, the older of the sisters. No matter how hard she tries, Summer just
doesn't fit in until she returns to the person she really is. Meeting Anna and Dink changes her world in her new surroundings.
This is a book that would be great to use with a reading group or Book Club in fourth or firth grade. I think winning the lottery would
spike the interest of both boys and girls. I think initially girls would be more interested, but as Dink really becomes a major character
in the book. His love for the Cubs and knowledge of baseball would grab the interest of boys. The Literary Circle questions at the end
Posted July 18, 2014
I loved the story, characters, writing ~ and most of all I loved the fact that once I started reading this I couldn't put it down. Buy it for your teen - - and then read it for your own enjoyment!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 19, 2014
Posted October 15, 2014
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