Shell Word Factory
Read ... Recommended ... 4 stars
Fifteen year old Cathy Price
is not at all certain that she really wants to join her parents
John and Louise and little brother Jason aged 7 for the family
vacation on the coast in Chatfield. Cathy would rather stay home,
spend time with her friend Samantha and try to figure out a way
to attract the attention of handsome seventeen year old Dan Stedman.
Ralph the family cat does need someone to stay home and care
for him, doesn't he? Mom is adamant and Cathy joins the family
for the trip. When Cathy discovers Dan is also in Chatfield she
feels much happier than when she first arrived. Dan is working
in the local market, his parents and Cathy's find they have a
lot in common and soon the summer appears to be close to perfect.
A job baby sitting for Jason and Dan's little sister provides
more than enough money for Cathy to buy the things she wants,
a 'pretend romance' with Dan to thwart the attention of a gaggle
of little local girls becomes more than just pretend for Cathy.
Lots of time spent with Dan swimming, taking the little kids
on picnics and the like, cookout with Dan's family and her own
only add to Cathy's enjoyment. Arrival of Lisa Kendall, Dan's
sophisticated, conniving old girlfriend from school and her family
throw a clincker into Cathy's plans.
With "Summer Replacement"
Ann Herrick has produced a delightful tale sure to please girls
in the target group of eleven to young adult. The light romantic
overtone, personable reality presented by Cathy as she muddles
along trying to figure out what her role in high school is to
be, and the tangle of beginning boy friend relationships are
a large part of the interest of the target audience.
Characters are well fleshed even
though the book is not long. Settings are described in enough
detail to draw the reader into them. We hear the crash of the
sea during storm, feel the grit of the sand and stroll aisles
in Little's Store while reading the words presented by talented
is a quick fun read certain to be read and reread by girls in
the target audience. The paper copy will be nice for a lazy afternoon
spent in the porch swing reading and sipping lemonade. The easy
to pack, 'doesn't take up much room' eBook version is perfect
for taking along on vacation, perhaps for a trip to the sea?
From the opening lines as Cathy
tries to convince her mother that staying home would be a good
idea Cathy is a very likeable, typical teen. She laughs at herself,
exhibits the same uncertainties and self-deprecations as are
found in most teens and is completely believable. Writer Herrick
subtly guides the young reader into realizing that fretting over
hair, and boyfriends, and fitting in are natural, to be expected
and are all a part of growing up. Cathy, as are most fifteen-year-olds,
is a delight.
will be a nice addition to the home and school library. Enjoyed
the read, happy to recommend.