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Kyle's Island

191p. 978-1-58089-316-9.
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Gr 5-8 Kyle's father left his family in February to "think things out." Now it's summer, and the 12-year-old and his mother and siblings are staying at their cabin by a Michigan lake, on an island that Kyle plans to explore. It's just like always, except that this visit will be their last. With her husband gone, Kyle's mother is forced to put the cabin, which has been in her family for years, on the market. The boy is devastated. This year is also different in that Kyle's sisters are keeping secrets from him, and they develop a great interest in the boys who live nearby. As the summer slips away, Kyle spends most of his time fishing either alone or with his elderly neighbor, who teaches him not to take people at face value. His worst fears are realized when the cabin is sold. This story moves slowly and is primarily a study of the protagonist's personal development. His feelings of rejection and anger ring true for someone his age, and he eventually begins to look at a situation from more than one angle. The other characters are one-dimensional and remain in the background. Additional."Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC" Copyright 2010 Media Source Inc.
Kyle's mother is forced to sell their lake house after his grandmother dies and his father leaves. During his family's final trip to the lake, Kyle's friendship with a taciturn elderly neighbor helps him get over his anger and develop an appreciation for life's uncertainties. Despite a narrative voice that doesn't always ring true, this gentle coming-of-age story is enjoyable.

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