Welcome to Dog Beach (Seagate Summers Series #1)

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Eleven-year-old Remy loves Seagate, the island where her grandmother had a house and where her family spends every summer vacation. But this year’s different. Remy misses her dog, Danish, who recently passed away. The usual Seagate traditions don’t feel the same—and neither does her relationship with her two best friends, Micayla and Bennett. Micayla’s family is moving to Seagate year-round, and she’s spending more time with the year-round kids. Bennett’s doing “boy stuff” with new kid Calvin and his snobby ...
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Overview


Eleven-year-old Remy loves Seagate, the island where her grandmother had a house and where her family spends every summer vacation. But this year’s different. Remy misses her dog, Danish, who recently passed away. The usual Seagate traditions don’t feel the same—and neither does her relationship with her two best friends, Micayla and Bennett. Micayla’s family is moving to Seagate year-round, and she’s spending more time with the year-round kids. Bennett’s doing “boy stuff” with new kid Calvin and his snobby sister Claire. Remy takes comfort in the company of Dog Beach—which is where she hatches her plan to bring her friends closer and recapture the Seagate magic. This start of a new series is filled with summer treats, activities, and the spirit of friendship and invention that are Greenwald’s trademarks.

Praise for Welcome to Dog Beach
"Remy’s quiet tale of change and growth marks a promising start to a new series."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Greenwald (My Summer of Pink & Green) gives Remy a candid and relatable voice in this first book in the Seagate Summers series."
--Publishers Weekly

"Dog devotees and aspiring entrepreneurs will find a friend and mentor in Remy, who adroitly combines her puppy love with a knack for business. She’ll also make a good companion for those self-serious tween readers looking for a little sympathy on the perplexing and often unpleasant road to adolescence."
--Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
02/17/2014
Change upsets contemplative Remy, and she’s up against a lot of it during her 11th summer on Seagate Island, where her family vacations. As Greenwald’s novel opens, Remy is facing her first summer without her dog, Danish, who recently died. Her relationship with her two best friends is also in flux: Micayla has new friends (and a new crush), and Bennett, who Remy realizes she likes as more than a friend, is busy hanging out with a boy who’s new to Seagate. Starting a doggy day care business together eases Remy’s pain over the loss of Danish and bonds the three friends and two newcomers. Greenwald (My Summer of Pink & Green) gives Remy a candid and relatable voice in this first book in the Seagate Summers series. Reflecting on her confusion over her shifting friendship with Bennett, she says, “I feel like I’m bursting with feelings, like I’m carrying balloons under my shirt and I have to let them out.” This involving summer read probes genuine adolescent transitions with insight, poignancy, and humor. Ages 10–14. Agent: Alyssa Eisner Henkin, Trident Media Group. (Apr.)
Voya Reviews, April 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 1) - Laura Lehner
Remy, Micayla, and Bennett have been best summer friends since they were very young and their families first began spending the season on Seagate Island. This year is different, though, because Remy is without her other best friend and constant companion—her dog, Danish. Fortunately, she is asked to help out with a neighbor’s dog, and before too long she and her friends have started a full-time doggie day care business. Even as the three friends work and hang out together every day, their summer friendships are strained as new faces and interests come between them. When Remy discovers that an old neighbor has an amazing secret past, she takes it upon herself to bring his special talent to light so that the whole island can appreciate it. Seagate Island sounds like paradise from the eyes of Remy—her positive attitude and sincerity paint this island community with a broad stroke of sunshine. The first installment of the Seagate Summer series, it is a light and airy exploration of the changes that take place in relationships as children become teenagers. Remy, on the cusp of young womanhood, will strike a comforting chord with girls who are experiencing that fine line between the fear and excitement of growing up. Reviewer: Laura Lehner; Ages 11 to 14.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-15
A characteristically sensitive exploration of the emotional life of preteens from Greenwald. Eleven-year-old Remy relishes her summers on Seagate Island with her best friends, Micayla and Bennett, and begins her first-person, present-tense story emphasizing her resistance to change. By summer's end, she has moved to an acknowledgment that change can be positive, even becoming an agent for change on her beloved island. Remy's grandmother, a year-round Seagate resident, died three years ago, but the death of Grandma's dog, Danish, occurred more recently. Remy discovers a way to grieve for Danish with her first real summer job, as residents happily use her dogsitting expertise. Meanwhile, Remy slowly adjusts to the warm welcome Bennett gives to new kids on the island, eventually relinquishing her label of "the downers" for twins Calvin and Claire and even figuring out a way to honor the twins' grandfather at an annual Seagate celebration. The book starts out slowly, but readers who continue with the story will find reward as they become familiar with an endearing protagonist, her human and canine friends, and the other residents of Seagate Island. The gentle humor and acceptance of the strong emotions that can arise from fairly benign situations—particularly in the world of preteens—are evocative of Beverly Cleary's novels, with a comfortable injection of 21st-century technology. Remy's quiet tale of change and growth marks a promising start to a new series. (Fiction. 8-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419710186
  • Publisher: Amulet Books
  • Publication date: 4/15/2014
  • Series: Seagate Summers Series , #1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 216,641
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Greenwald

Lisa Greenwald is the author of Reel Life Starring Us, Sweet Treats & Secret Crushes, and the Pink & Green series. She works in the library at the Birch Wathen Lenox School in Manhattan. She is a graduate of the New School’s MFA program in writing for children and lives in Brooklyn. Visit her online at lisagreenwald.com.
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