Middle Grade New Releases, April 16, 2019

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img_7998AUGUST ISLE – by Ali Standish
( April 16th 2019 ~ HarperCollins)

Photo and Review by Michelle @mleonardwrites

Miranda longs to visit August Isle, the town where her mom spent summers as a girl. In part, she thinks it might help her bond with her busy and aloof mother. But then, Mom takes off on yet another business trip to a faraway destination, while Dad is also busy with work and Miranda is unexpectedly sent to August Isle to stay with “Aunt” Clare, an old friend of her mother’s.

Miranda quickly becomes thick friends with “Aunt” Clare’s daughter, Sammy, and a boy named Caleb. August Isle not only has endless sun and sandy beaches, but it has its mysteries too. Like the haunted lighthouse. And who is Ben, the name that’s forever written into the sidewalk along with her mother’s and Clare’s? And then there’s the shadowy seafarer. As Miranda searches for answers, she realizes that she’s somehow caught up in the mysteries of August Isle, too.

Talk about a page turner! AUGUST ISLE is a story about fractured families, mother-daughter relationships, adult emotional pain and grief, and the importance of not keeping secrets from one another. The mystery kept me reading through the beautifully written scenes full of beach life. Love the line, “Some secrets cast long shadows…” Oh, yes they do.

A beautiful story of loss and healing, perfect for tweens who like heartfelt stories about relationships like THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH. For 8+

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