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Second-Chance Summer by Anne Warren Smith

Second-Chance Summer

by Anne Warren Smith

172 pages
Katie’s GREAT IDEA, a backyard talent show, leads toward disaster.

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About the Book
Nine-year-old Katie Jordan’s story began with the well-reviewed Turkey Monster Thanksgiving, Tails of Spring Break, and Bittersweet Summer (published by Albert Whitman & Co.).

Katie’s latest GREAT IDEA is to showcase her dog Lucy in a neighborhood talent show. But when Lucy forgets her spectacular roll-over trick, the show is in trouble. Katie doesn’t give up, however, and is joined in the project by her forever friend Sierra and her sometime friend Claire. Planning the show takes over their summer vacation.

Katie and Claire both live with single dads. When Claire’s dad falls in love, Claire embraces the idea of having a mother, but refuses to accept that her new family will include a brother – the awful Alex, a boy she disliked through all of fourth grade.

Katie, in the meantime, worries about losing touch with her own mother who left home three years earlier to become a professional singer. Their weekly phone calls are full of silences, and the upcoming “Mom visit” threatens to be a chore for both of them. At the same time, Katie is thrilled that her dad is maybe falling in love with the wonderful Ms. Morgan, her former fourth grade teacher. Katie and Claire face the confusing pros and cons of getting new mothers.

Alex, who knows how to juggle knives and flaming torches, enters into talent show preparations. When Claire refuses to try to like him, the girls scheme to locate Alex’s mysteriously missing father. The father, they reason, surely will want Alex to live with him after his mother remarries. Claire secretly invites Alex’s father to their show, not knowing that he and Alex carry a terrible secret.

Will the talent show really happen? Will Lucy remember her fancy trick? Will Katie and her mom discover what they have in common? Will Claire’s family someday include a brother?

Most of all, what do Katie and Claire learn about friendships, and how families grow and change?



About the Author
Anne Warren Smith, originally from the Adirondack Mountains of New York, divides her time between Tucson and Corvallis, Oregon. Author of six books for children, she also writes memoir pieces for literary journals. She absolutely remembers backyard talent shows and teaching the real Lucy dog to do amazing tricks.



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