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It's a surprising, sparkling summer for Willa!

It's August on Cape Cod and Willa has a lot to look forward to. Soon, JFK will return home from baseball camp, and Willa has an idea for an exciting new project that will challenge her to dream big! But life throws Willa some unexpected twists and turns: Ruby has bad news, a beloved friend leaves, a dear friend returns, her brother Will has something he does't want to talk about, and of course, there's a wedding to plan! There's ...

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Overview


It's a surprising, sparkling summer for Willa!

It's August on Cape Cod and Willa has a lot to look forward to. Soon, JFK will return home from baseball camp, and Willa has an idea for an exciting new project that will challenge her to dream big! But life throws Willa some unexpected twists and turns: Ruby has bad news, a beloved friend leaves, a dear friend returns, her brother Will has something he does't want to talk about, and of course, there's a wedding to plan! There's also a cute boy who likes Willa . . . a lot, and Willa thinks she might like him too. It's a summer full of romance and surprises!

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Sharon Blumberg
Willa, a girl of fourteen years, lives in an inn that her parents manage among quaint shops along the east coast of Cape Cod. Willa loves to read, and tirelessly spreads this passion around. She does this in the most unusual way. Imagine finding a book along the beach, and discovering it is a free gift as long as you pass this treasure on to someone else. Willa works diligently at her family's inn while juggling two romances during a particular summer. Her boyfriend, known as JFK, is away in Florida at a baseball internship. They correspond in a long distance relationship. This seems to be working for the time being. Then, Willa encounters unexpected romance from a local boy who plays in a band. Fate seems to connect their lives on repeated occasions. What can be more stressful for a girl at this age? Willa will have to figure out how to make this work, or she will have to choose. Willa also discovers new-found family members: a half-brother named Will from England and his loving dog, Salty. Will thinks he can prove the existence of their thought-to-be-deceased father. This is a fun, feel-good read for ages ten and up. It is imaginative and whimsical. This is a place where spotting a mermaid near the ocean is not an impossibility. It is the sixth title in The Life of Willa Havisham series. Reviewer: Sharon Blumberg
Children's Literature - Jody Little
14-year old Willa Havisham is spending her summer helping her mother's wedding-planning business, hanging out with her half-brother, missing her boyfriend, JFK, who is away for a summer baseball camp, and dreaming about an idea to make a difference in the world. As part of the series about Willa Havisham by the same author, this installment follows Willa through her daily life, meeting with friends, reading books, wondering about her boyfriend and the cute boy, Jess, who plays in a local band. Some sadness creeps into the story when it is revealed that Willa's beloved family friend, Mum, has breast cancer, but Willa uses the news to jump-start her new idea: the sharing of her treasured books to people around the world. Reminiscent of the "Anne of Green Gables" books, this novel is written in a day-in-the-life format and lacks a strong, overarching plot line. The book is wholesome reading, however, and fans of Willa's previous stories will not be disappointed. Reviewer: Jody Little
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—The latest installment in this series does not contain one driving story line. Instead, it mimics the unstructured summer of its teenage protagonist, Willa Havisham. Among other things, she helps out at her mother's Cape Cod B&B and plans a perfect wedding. She reads Greg Mortenson's Three Cups of Tea and is inspired to make the world a better place by leaving books in public places. She is confused about missing her boyfriend while being attracted to another boy. Her recently discovered half brother dashes off whenever he thinks he sees their presumably dead father. She is fond of her new stepfather, whom she calls "Dad" to his face but "Sam" to herself. Two (adult) friends develop breast cancer. Much exposition explains what happened in the previous books and why Willa cares about particular characters or situations. The church is central to her life and community. Some of this information is relevant to the current story, and some is not. Each chapter begins with a quotation about books and reading, and Willa mentions many books that she is reading and that have affected her. This and an appended booklist will send eager readers in many wonderful directions.—Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK
Kirkus Reviews

Crammed with incident, yet loose and rambling and without much dramatic arc, this slice-of-life novel, the sixth in the series, charts Willa's life, loves and personal growth though part of an event-filled summer.

There's something refreshing and rather fabulous about the slightly dull Willa Havisham books (Willa by Heart, 2008, etc.). They star the nicest, most well-adjusted, dependable 14-year-old in the world, a book-loving girl who does her chores in the family business with good grace, loves the nurturing, community-minded adults in her life and strives to be the best person she can be. She doesn't wear Jimmy Choos, obsess about her weight or, heaven forbid, smoke (anything); instead she tries to come up with a charitable project that's really her. Not to say there's no conflict. Willa wrestles with her feelings about her once-best friend, has minor disagreements with her driven businesswoman mother and is distressed (but also exhilarated) when she finds herself attracted to two boys at the same time. Set in a charming, fictional Cape Cod community, the story strolls along, never generating a great deal of heat or suspense, yet managing to keep readers involved and interested.

Lovers of hip, edgy or meta should look elsewhere, but this story carries its own brand of modest delight for the right reader. (Fiction. 10-15)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545094054
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Series: Life of Willa Havisham Series , #3
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 450,961
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Coleen Murtagh Paratore is the author of the popular THE WEDDING PLANNER'S DAUGHTER series, which includes most recently, FORGET ME NOT, WISH I MIGHT, and FROM WILLA, WITH LOVE. She is also the author of SUNNY HOLIDAY and SWEET AND SUNNY. The mother of three teenage sons, she lives in upstate New York and on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Visit Coleen online at www.coleenparatore.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Awesome

    I live this series! I find myself quite like willa. I felt myself going through the saame emotions with willa andbfelt like i was experiencing the same things as i read this book! I ciuld picture how willa felt. A fantastic read

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    Hi

    I am reading it right now in school.. Although i really wish JFK would come home in this series..! But the next book im getting is From Willa by Heart! Jess needs to stay away from Willa!!:) Nice pink sneaker Willa... Tin, Ruby... STAY AWAY FROM WILL!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2011

    CANNOT WAIT!!!

    In fourth grade, I picked up the titles: 'The wedding Planner's Daughter' and 'the cupid chronicles' The first time I opened those books, It felt magical and I was hooked instantly! I have bought every one of the wedding planner's daughter books off of barnes and noble and can't wait for this book to come out! I've already got it pre-ordered. When I read these books, I get connected to willa, and understand all the problems she is going through.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    From Willa with Love

    I loved it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    I had no idea!

    I didn't know that mrs. Paratore had more books about willa! She has always had a special place in my heart, and I am anxiously waiting for more.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    -willa lover

    Willa is inspiring! She does what she does when she needs to. In the "willa books, there is always a suprise, and thats what i love about willa!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    ;D

    Without even reading this book yet i can tell it is going to be good! No matter where Willa goes, or what she does, I just know the world can now Fall In Love with her and the series... this book included ;D

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2011

    highly recommendable

    Awesome book! Absolutely loved it!!!!! Keep writing more!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2014

    From Willa, With Love

    I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH! IT'S A BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY DURING SUMMER.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2014

    Cute Guy

    This book is awesome i loved it i thik its the prrfect romance and the guy on the front cover is a awesome guy i think so anyway so yah tats pretty much it so yah and also theres so much love in this book its almost real i wish it was real anywho thank you guys by.
    BIGASSHO23!:);)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    AWESOME

    This book is really good! Get it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Great book

    I didn't read it on my nook but I read the paper copy. This book is really well written and I am glad I read it. You will be too I'm sure it has romance with jfk and willa I hope you enjoy this as much as I did

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Uvuhubyrgy

    This was a book that mad me cry. It was so well writen that I could feel the confusion. I wish my life were more exciting like this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    1DRoxxxx

    Great book!! Please do not spoil the books for others. This whole series is greattt! Ages 10-14 probably...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    Lol

    Stop spoiling the book jerks! Get your own life!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2012

    Haaha

    There should be a freeee saple.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2012

    AWESOMENESS!!!!

    I love this series its just sooooo awesome!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    I love this book!!!

    This book is a great summer read. Its heart warming and uplifting. This eloquent writing makes you feel like your in Cape Cod. I cannott wait to read more Willa books.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    Pepole slow down

    Waat do you mean by CANNOT WAIT is there like a movie coming out because if thir is i really want to see it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    LOVED IT!!!!

    I absolutly loved this book! I wanted to buy it at my book fair but my friend baught the last one. When she was done I read it. I thought it was quite funny that JFK and Jesse almost said the samething about them freaking out at her.






    LOVED IT!!!!!!

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