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Bird Lake moon, Kevin Henkes

Label
Bird Lake moon
Title
Bird Lake moon
Statement of responsibility
Kevin Henkes
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Twelve-year-old Mitch and his mother are spending the summer with his grandparents at Bird Lake after his parents separate, and ten-year-old Spencer and his family have returned to the lake where Spencer's little brother drowned long ago, and as the boys become friends and spend time together, each of them begins to heal
Storyline
Pace
Writing style
Character
Award
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2008
Review
  • Gr. 5-7 /*Starred Review*/ Mitch Sinclair, 12, is at Bird Moon Lake because his parents are divorcing. But there are tense moments with his grandparents, so Mitch fantasizes about moving into the empty house next door. Then Spencer Stone and his family, who own the cottage, arrive. Spencer and younger sister love the lake, but it's also the place where their barely remembered brother, Matty, drowned at age four. Told in overlapping chapters, the story is spare. Mitch tricks Spencer into thinking Matty is haunting them; then he does something worse. After the boys become friends, the truth becomes both barrier and bridge. As in his Newbery Honor Book Olive's Ocean (2003), every word counts, moving the story forward moment by moment. Yet the writing is as evocative as it is precise: fireflies are "pinpricks of topaz." Emotions are just as carefully carved, turning characterization into portraiture; the children stand out in relief, against the deceptive tranquility of the lake. Some children may find the story too quiet or the ending too abrupt. But Henkes knows children and their secrets, and readers will lean close to hear the whispers. -- Cooper, Ilene (Reviewed 03-15-2008) (Booklist, vol 104, number 14, p52)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 4–7— Temporarily living with his mom at his grandparents' home on Bird Lake, 12-year-old Mitch Sinclair's plans to make the seemingly abandoned house next door his own are shattered when Spencer Stone arrives with his family. Both the Sinclairs and the Stones are in crisis Mitch's parents are divorcing, and Spencer's parents are returning to the house for the first time since the death of their son Matty, who drowned there when Spencer was two. While each boy is deeply affected by his family's drama, both are powerless to influence its unfolding. Mitch, indignant at the Stoneses' intrusion, attempts to scare them off by creating mysterious signs that suggest a ghostly presence. Spencer observes these signs but chooses not to share them with his family. Eventually, the boys meet and connect immediately, leaving Mitch resolved to set things right. Characters are gently and believably developed as the story weaves in and around the beautiful Wisconsin setting. The superbly crafted plot moves smoothly and unhurriedly, mirroring a slow summer pace. Alternating perspectives between the boys gives readers deep insights into their feelings and actions. The secondary characters, the adults and Spencer's firecracker sister, Lolly, are also fully limned, complex individuals. Henkes creates compelling, child-centric images, excellent dialogue, and a believable resolution, with humor and just the right amount of tension to make this a significant and highly readable book. A "must-have" for every library that serves young people.—Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI --Lee Bock (Reviewed March 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 3, p200)
  • /* Starred Review */ In a novel as tender as his acclaimed Olive's Ocean , Henkes probes the psyches of two boys facing family conflicts. Spending long, lonely days at his grandparents' lakeside home, 12-year-old Mitch Sinclair has plenty of time to brood about his parents' impending divorce and to plot against the family of “intruders” who have moved into his favorite spot, the house next door that he assumed was abandoned. What Mitch can't know is that the newcomers have been shaken by tragedy, the drowning of a child in the lake eight years ago, and their stay is destined to be short-lived. Mitch becomes friends with 10-year-old Spencer Stone, the elder of the surviving children, and as trust builds between them, the boys risk exchanging their family secrets. Tranquil Bird Lake serves as an effective setting for this reflective novel, with Henkes alternating between Mitch's and Spencer's points of view. The most remarkable aspect of the book may be the author's ability to isolate the sources of the boys' shared sense of loss and then to express, via easily recognizable and even ordinary experiences, their growing acceptance of what cannot be changed. Ages 10-14. (May) --Staff (Reviewed April 7, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 14, p60)
  • Henkes's third-person narrative, in alternating chapters, presents the inner lives of Mitch, 12, and Spencer, ten. Over a few summer weeks, each wrestles with family travail in adjacent houses at Bird Lake. Mitch's father has left the family for a new relationship, and Mitch and his mom retreat to his grandparents' place to recover. Spencer, whose four-year-old brother drowned in the lake eight years before, returns with his parents and younger sister Lolly. At first, Mitch thinks of the Stone family as intruders—he has fantasized that the house next door could be his and his mom's—and tries to unnerve them clandestinely. A misguided prank (he secretly unleashes the Stones' dog and subsequently finds him) weighs heavily on Mitch. Yet, in tandem, the two boys gravitate toward friendship and find, despite their respective psychological distress, a satisfying, if potentially only summer-sized pocket of companionship and play. Through artfully observed details and perfectly pitched dialogue among the boys and clever Lolly, Henkes deftly locates Mitch's pain and confusion, delivering a novel that's quiet, nuanced and redemptive. (Fiction. 8-12) (Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2008)
Awards note
A Junior Library Guild selection
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
258652
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Henkes, Kevin
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
740L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.H389
LC item number
Bir 2008
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 7
Reading level
4.9
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Divorce
  • Grief
  • Lakes
  • Friendship
  • Families
  • Divorce
  • Grief
  • Lakes
  • Friendship
  • Family life
  • Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Bird Lake moon, Kevin Henkes
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
670498
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
179 pages
Isbn
9780061470769
Isbn Type
(trade bdg.)
Lccn
2007036564
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780061470769
  • (OCoLC)173509272
Label
Bird Lake moon, Kevin Henkes
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
670498
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
179 pages
Isbn
9780061470769
Isbn Type
(trade bdg.)
Lccn
2007036564
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780061470769
  • (OCoLC)173509272

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