In Too Big for Teacups, Gabrielle Simone introduces us to the Fernandez family, who is on their way to Disney for a vacation. Marlena, the oldest, would rather stay home and practice with her dance team. But her parents make her go, and Marlena trudges through a miserable week of what was supposed to be a family bonding experience. In the midst of her complaining, her best friend, Jennifer, helps her learn a valuable life lesson and a new outlook on family time.
In Jackie Lee's A Lesson for Summer, 14-year-old twins, Gloria and Valerie James, had planned their ideal summer vacation. But when their father announces that he's taking over a new church in a new city, the girls find their summer ruined! Instead of spending their days shopping, talking about boys, and going to the movies, they were going to be moving and volunteering to mentor a bunch of snotty-nosed seven-year-olds. The twins do everything in their power to sabotage their parents' plans for them. However, in the end, they learn life lessons that truly make this the perfect summer for both of them.
Morgan Billingsley is back with twins, Max and Mickey in A Country Summer. And this time, the suburban duo is unplugging from their iPads, Wi-Fi, and Netflix, to spend the summer with their extended family in a small Arkansas town. This was not at all Mickey's idea of fun. In fact, she hates the boring country and her "classless" relatives. While Max fits right in with his cousins, Mickey soon feels left out and learns a valuable lesson about life - it doesn't matter what you have...what matters is who you have
|Publisher:||Brown Girls Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.28(d)|
About the Author
Jackie Lee is a lover of the letters and the arts. She has starred in three theatrical productions produced by Cherie Garland. She portrayed Crystal in "The Christmas Present," Glenda The Good Witch in "The Wiz" and the Ballerina in "One Night With a King." Jackie's love of arts also extends to church. She participates in the praise dance ministry at her church. She utilizes her musical talents as a clarinet player in her local elementary school band. Jackie can often be found at various literary events assisting her mother and guest authors. She also enjoys journaling and making sketches in her notebooks. She resides in Virginia with her parents and siblings. You can follow her at @leewriterjackie on Twitter.
Ten year old, Gabrielle Simone attends Pulaski Academy College Preparatory School, where her teachers describe her as hardworking and passionate about learning. She is the student council representative for fifth grade, plays both basketball and soccer and has a personality bigger than life. The confident young writer is also the daughter of young adult author Celia Anderson. Having grown up tagging alongside her mom at book signings and lectures, it's no surprise that she has become interested in the art. Gabrielle says that one day she would like to attend Stanford University in California, but that may change as she grows older. Currently she resides with her mother in Little Rock, Arkansas, enjoys playing dress up, singing and playing with her American Girl Dolls. She lists both her mother and maternal grandmother, whom she affectionately calls FeFe, as the people who have influenced her the most.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“The Perfect Summer” is the first book that I have read by any young adult let alone a group of them. This is a book that contains three short stories about ungrateful children. All three stories are written very well. I really enjoyed the fact that each situation turned out as to where they all learn from their mistakes. "Too Big for Teacups" by Gabrielle Simone tells the story of a young girl that is spoiled with a life style that most girls her age don't get the luxury to have. I love that the author was able to bring me back to my childhood days. Living in the urban community none of the kids around me had the luxury of leaving the projects. I did and I complained every time I had to go away for the summer. “A Lesson for Summer” by Jackie Lee tells the story of two twins extremely spoiled. Vanessa and Teresa are both disappointed when they discover the mansion they thought they were going to be living in turns out to be smaller than the house they left. I love that the author made them see how ungrateful they are by using younger characters that have been through really rough times. “A Country Summer” by Morgan Billingsley also tells the story of two twins extremely spoiled. Mickey and Max happen to be my favorite characters and the reason being is although neither one wanted to go away, Max quickly adapted to the transition. Mickey is very outspoken and has no problem with speaking her mind even if that means hurting someone else’s feelings. I love that the author was able to create drama amongst Mickey and her cousins and later regardless of how mean she was they forgave her. I think that the three young authors wrote a wonderful book and they have a very promising future. “The Perfect Summer” ended up being the perfect book to read!