My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer

128p. CIP. Houghton Harcourt. 2012. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-547-57739-5; ebook $15.99. ISBN 978-0-547-82233-4. LC 2011012240.
Gr 4–8—Twelve-year-old June has led a carefree life with her mom in a small Vermont town on Lake Champlain. They run a small boating shop, selling supplies and homemade snacks, and June spends much of her time there or on the lake with her friend Luke. She also practices her baking in preparation for the Champlain Valley Fair pie competition. But when her mom decides to marry her girlfriend, June is suddenly faced with the harsh backlash against Vermont's civil union law that affects her family, friendships, and sense of safety. Suddenly, life is less carefree, and when people begin to boycott the shop, the future becomes uncertain. With the support of Luke, his father, and the town's librarian, June finds the courage to stand up for her family against prejudice. Although her relationship with her mom's partner is sometimes challenging, she also begins to accept the woman as a member of the family and to work with her to create a happy home life. This strong, vibrant novel looks at a complicated issue without didacticism or platitudes, but with the level of complexity it deserves, staying true to the heart of the protagonist.—Sharon McKellar, Oakland Public Library, CA
Twelve-year-old June's mother plans to marry her girlfriend, Eva, inciting a boycott of their marina shop near Lake Champlain. At first June resists a relationship with Eva and hides from the controversy, but when she enters the local pie contest she finds the courage to stand up for herself. Focusing on the importance of family, Gennari explores a tough topic with a light touch.

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