Seaglass Summer

Seaglass Summer

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by Anjali Banerjee
     
 

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Eleven-year-old Poppy Ray longs to be a veterinarian, but she's never had a pet. This summer, she's going to spend a month with her uncle Sanjay, veterinarian and owner of the Furry Friends Animal Clinic on an island off the Washington coast.
 
Poppy is in for big surprises. She loves tending to the dogs, cats, and even a bird, and she

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Eleven-year-old Poppy Ray longs to be a veterinarian, but she's never had a pet. This summer, she's going to spend a month with her uncle Sanjay, veterinarian and owner of the Furry Friends Animal Clinic on an island off the Washington coast.
 
Poppy is in for big surprises. She loves tending to the dogs, cats, and even a bird, and she discovers the fun of newborn puppies and the satisfaction of doing a good job. But she learns that there's more to caring for animals than the stethoscope and cotton swabs in her Deluxe Veterinarian First-Aid Kit. She's not prepared for quirky pet owners, gross stuff, or scary emergencies. With help from a boy named Hawk, a chunk of seaglass, and a touch of intuition, Poppy gains a deeper understanding of the pain and joy of working with animals.
 
With warmth and humor, Anjali Banerjee tells the story of a resourceful, determined girl who can't wait to grow up, but begins to realize just how much she has left to discover.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Eleven-year-old Poppy Ray's parents are headed to India on business. But since Poppy is "serious about becoming an animal doctor," she is sent to her Uncle Sanjay's home on a remote island off the coast of Washington State, where he runs the Furry Friends Animal Clinic. Poppy has prepared for this trip--even bringing her own first aid kit. She wants to dive right in and do a good job, but her actual experience with animals is limited, due to her mother's allergies. The bumpy truck ride that sends her suitcase and vet kit bouncing into a stream portends the rough road ahead. Banerjee (Looking for Bapu) covers some of the starker realities of pet care, from mopping up pee to the need to put an elderly cat to sleep. Sweet moments are interspersed, including the delivery of new puppies, though Poppy's rocky friendship with Hawk, the 13-year-old son of a cranky clinic worker, is not fully explored. While the scope and tone of the novel are simple, it's a quick, satisfying read that should have particular appeal for animal lovers. Ages 8–12. (May)
From the Publisher
Review, BOOKLIST, March 1, 2010:
"Always true to itself, this should find a wide readership."

Review, KIRKUS REVIEWS, April 15, 2010:
"This engaging and realistic tale is a top pick for reluctant readers and anyone with an interest in what veterinary care entails."

Review, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, June 13, 2010:
"This novel...reflects a quiet contemplativeness that leaves readers both pensive and satisfied."

Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
While her parents visit relatives in India, eleven-year-old Poppy Ray is staying with her Uncle Sanjay. He is a veterinarian on Nisqually Island in the state of Washington. Life on this remote island is quite different from her life in Los Angeles. She is so caught up in the material things that she overlooks what is truly important. Everything gets off to a shaky start when Poppy Ray's suitcase falls off the back of the truck. Her clothes and vet kit, which she bought with her own money, are ruined. When she arrives at the clinic, the office manager, Saundra MacLeod, is clearly not happy to have her there. Over the course of the summer, Poppy Ray learns a great deal about caring for sick animals, making friends, and dealing with disappointments. Just how far she has come is demonstrated when she takes Uncle Sanjay's dog, Stu, for a walk on the beach. When Stu's paw starts to bleed, Poppy Ray realizes they are all alone on the beach and she must stop the bleeding and get Stu back to the house. Banerjee captures both the exuberance and exasperation that Poppy Ray feels that summer. With the calmness of Uncle Sanjay, and the demeanor of the pets and their owners, Poppy Ray learns to focus on what matters in life. When working with animals, says Uncle Sanjay, "you must use your mind, your heart, your steady hands." Poppy Ray's growth is shown through her gradual understanding that it is not the external things that are important, but what is inside a person. Well-drawn characters and a summer vacation with substance make this an involving read. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—While her parents are in India on business, 11-year-old Poppy Ray spends a month with her veterinarian uncle, Sanjay. She begins the summer with naïvely high expectations, planning to use her time healing and saving pets of all kinds. However, as her mother is allergic to anything with fur, life in Los Angeles has given Poppy no practical knowledge of animals or their peculiar owners. Her stubborn resolve to help Uncle Sanjay's clients brings her frustration, anger, and hurt, but a developing friendship with 13-year-old Hawk and meditation with a piece of seaglass slowly give her a more realistic understanding of animals, humans, and their relationships. In this realistic story, adults are pretty much hands-off, allowing Poppy to explore her new independence and grow with her experiences. Animal lovers will appreciate the warm, fuzzy moments, cry at the sad times, and feel at home in this rural island community off the coast of Washington state.—Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
Kirkus Reviews
Poppy Ray, 11, hopes to become a veterinarian someday, but her experience with animals is more virtual than real, since Mom is allergic to fur. Now Poppy has the chance to test-drive her dream, assisting Uncle Sanjay at his island veterinary clinic in Washington state while her parents visit relatives in India. Gentle Uncle Sanjay lives up to her expectations, but the clinic ambiance-cranky staff, needy animals and wacky owners-is a shock. Mopping up blood and pee, cutting tangles from matted fur, de-worming-caring for pets can be downright gross! Encouraged by Uncle Sanjay, Hawk, another young volunteer, and Toni, a nurse and island psychic who inspires her to hunt for seaglass on the beach, Poppy finds a way to make a positive difference and discovers that helping to deliver fuzzy puppies, soothing an injured poodle and comforting a bereaved cat owner compensate for the messy, smellier chores. Serviceably written, this engaging and realistic tale is a top pick for reluctant readers and anyone with an interest in what veterinary care entails. (Fiction. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375843990
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
05/10/2011
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
303,806
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
590L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Anjali Banerjee is the author of Maya Running and Looking for Bapu. She was born in India, grew up in Canada and California, and received degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. At the age of seven, she wrote her first story, about an abandoned puppy she found on a beach in Bengal. Her Pushcart Prize–nominated fiction has appeared in several literary journals and in the anthology New to North America. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and three crazy cats. Learn more about Anjali on her Web site, www.anjalibanerjee.com.

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Seaglass Summer 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much. Very Realistic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a great book! I couldnt even stop reading it! It is so full of suspense! It has a lot of great parts in it! I totally recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is am amazing twist on how a 11 year old wanna-be vet gets to experience be the true responsibility of being a vet. she learns how to deliver pups and kittens, and put some animals down. she also learns to groom, clean up "messes", and meets some new friends along the way. when she goes to her uncles friend she later goes to find just what she needed, seaglass -Jenna
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I had to read this while i was on vacation and it was such a good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book in the summer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seaglass summer is a realy good book even though ive only read half.if you dont like this book you should read it again.
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I love this book so much!!!