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The Summer of Moonlight Secrets
     

The Summer of Moonlight Secrets

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by Danette Haworth
 

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Allie Jo Jackson knows every nook and cranny of The Meriwether Hotel-she's lived there her whole life-and nothing surprises her, until she spots the enigmatic and beautiful Tara emerging from the springs. Tara's shimmery skin, long flowing hair, and strange penchant for late moonlit swims disguise a mysterious secret, and she needs Allie Jo and her friend Chase to

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Allie Jo Jackson knows every nook and cranny of The Meriwether Hotel-she's lived there her whole life-and nothing surprises her, until she spots the enigmatic and beautiful Tara emerging from the springs. Tara's shimmery skin, long flowing hair, and strange penchant for late moonlit swims disguise a mysterious secret, and she needs Allie Jo and her friend Chase to help her keep it. One thing's for certain: this will be the most magical summer any of them has ever had.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Allie Jo Jackson, 13, lives with her parents in the famous, fading Meriwether hotel, near Hope Springs, FL. She is ready for a less-than-stellar summer when Chase arrives with his travel-writer dad and proceeds to break his arm while skateboarding down a hotel hall. He is soon followed by sweet Sophie and a beautiful mystery girl, Tara, whose gleaming hair, shining skin, startling good looks, and penchant for midnight swims start the others wondering about her identity. The old hotel, with its grand staircase, long halls, crumbling upper floors, secret passages, and abandoned speakeasy, is just as much a character in the book as the young teenagers, all of whom face personal problems. The cast also includes a group of mean girls who taunt Allie Jo, calling her "hotel rat," and a creepy man who insists that Tara is his runaway niece. Described in chapters that are alternately narrated by Allie Jo, Chase, and Tara, the summer flows along, filled with ordinary activities like card games and polishing the hotel's brass fittings. Then Allie Jo and Chase discover Tara's identity, but are not sure whether to believe her strange story. There is a touch of summer magic and a dollop of mystery in this compelling story.—Kathryn Kosiorek, formerly at Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH
Kirkus Reviews
Haworth takes the legend of the Selkie and gives it a modern-day twist. Twelve-year-old Allie Jo lives in Florida at her parents' famous antebellum hotel, The Meriwether. Her plans for a quiet summer are thwarted after she catches 13-year-old Chase, a guest at the hotel, skateboarding on the hotel's historic wooden floors. Despite this inauspicious beginning, the two fall into an easy friendship, with Allie Jo showing Chase the town's attractions and the charms of the hotel. When Allie Jo and Chase meet a mysterious girl, Tara, who claims she is a Selkie on the run from the man who stole her sealskin, the two friends rise to the challenge and help Tara get her skin back. The author sets a quick pace in short chapters alternating among Allie Jo, Chase and Tara. The two kids take turns narrating in a colloquial present tense, while the author maintains a magical frisson by presenting Tara's chapters in a stately, third-person voice. Although predictable, the mix of fantasy and light mystery makes for an entertaining read. Fans of Liz Kessler's Emily Windsnap will enjoy this amusing tale. (Magical adventure. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802722911
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
05/24/2011
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
722,260
Product dimensions:
5.17(w) x 7.83(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Danette Haworth held a number of writing jobs before turning to fiction, including positions as a technical writer and a travel writer. Danette is also the author of Walker's Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning and her latest novel, Me & Jack. She blogs regularly, and hopes that you'll visit her at www.danettehaworth.com.

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The Summer of Moonlight Secrets 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
WishStealer More than 1 year ago
It was alright but not as exciting as the first few chapters suggested, and the romance between Sophie and Chase was irritating and unnecessary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of my fav books i recommend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only reason why i give it 4 stars is because it was kinda boring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My fav. book!!! I recamed it to everyone! I love the story line and the author. This is my#1 book. READ THIS BOOK! :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent red a lot of it but i love it so far it has eard so far a 4
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I think that the whole Chase falling for Sophie thing was just unnessecary. :-(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book i ever raed it sould get 6 stars. I recamend this book to every human being.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first time i read it i didnt really understand it but now im re reading it and i get it now. Its a great book i recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definetly should read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok i got the free sample and thought it was hilarious. I havent read the whole thing but cant wait 2
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!! It's awesome. I think everyone should read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book already and im only on chapter 20 out of 66 so i can tell its going to be a great mysterois book!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome and adventerous!
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Coolest book ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good but they could have left some of it out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that this is one if the best books i have ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read honey bunches of oats
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has every wonderful element in it. Fantastic read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT I LUV U CHASE ALLIE JO TARA AND ALL THE REST I LOVE THIS BOOK ITS LIKE A MOVIE IN UR HEAD
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I am gonna get the free sample! Wish me luck that i like it! ;)