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My Mixed Up Berry Blue Summer

He Champlain Valley Fair pie competition But a backlash against Vermont’s civil union law threatens her family’s security and thei. This is a sweet book about a 12 year old girl whose mom is a lesbian and is soon to be married to her partner It takes place in Vermont when same sex civil unions had just been legalized and there was a significant amount of backlash with this take back Vermont campaign where people were convinced ueer people were going to take over their state Vermont being one of the first states to allow same sex couples to get married I wonder if this specific context might be lost on a lot of middle readers which would make the context for this book confusing If you really didn t know what the situation was it would make a lot of the book confusing which is definitely a flaw here The book should stand without having to know that contextI did appreciate the way this book evoked the easy feeling of summertime in a rural place when you were 12 swimming exploring the woods boating riding your bike going to the country fair working at your family s business helping with your family s farm I also liked that the main character June was allowed to feel conflicted about her mom s sexuality and her getting married it felt very realistic that a kid would emit some of the homophobia around her and have trouble standing up to homophobic kids and adults although I wondered at the author s choice of making June s mom always having been out as a lesbian having had a kid on her own using a donor To me it felt strange that all this gay stuff only became a problem for June when she was 12 I would assume a kid growing up with a lesbian mom would have already dealt with a lot of the feelings that June is struggling with at 12 wouldn t the prejudice against her mom have always been there But hey I don t know any ueer parents with 12 year olds so But it did feel like the story would have made sense if June s mom had recently come out as a lesbian The recurring metaphors and similes related to pies and to the lake were mostly nice and effective my insides congealed a little like a pie left out overnight June s feelings of anxiety mirrored by a rough windy day on the lake although they felt a bit overused by the end of the book I think this is a 3 star rather than 4 star read for me because I did feel like I could always see even if just in the corner of my mind an adult presiding over this story What I want from kids lit is an immersion in the child s perspective and this didn t uite do it Also it s implied that June figures out that she s straight and suddenly I knew by the end of the book because she realizes she has a crush on her friend who s a boy she worries a bit in the book if she s going to turn out like her mom This is nitpicky but I wish this ueer book hadn t implied that bisexuality isn t an optionAlso there is a rad librarian character in here who is a great support to June and stands up to the homophobes yay radical librarians There s a really cute scene where the librarian comes into June s mom s store and June s like ah what are you doing here and the librarian replies well I don t live in the library June

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R business Even when faced with bullying June won’t give up on winning the blue ribbon; importantly she won’t give up on her famil. A wonderful middle grade fiction about a twelve year girl whose mother just happens to be marrying another woman during an eventful Vermont summer

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Twelve year old June Farrell is sure of one thing she’s great at making pies and she plans to prove it by winning a blue ribbon in t. My manager came to me with this book and said he d written a review of it for the library system s magazine and it was turned down because of the subject matter WHAT This book features a librarian as one of the main positive and accepting adult figures and the library system is shutting it down Because it s about gay marriage Oh I am so ashamed I know it s Oklahoma and people here are homophobic way than Vermont which is where the story takes place But still Libraries and librarians are supposed to be the ones who support We don t censor even when all anyone wants to read is urban smut Amish mysteries and vampires We provide the books and ideas without letting our personal feelings get in the way It s what we re known for But apparently in Oklahoma there are limits Or maybe by not posting it in our magazine and just uietly offering it on the shelf we re providing service without raising the hackles of the commission who aren t librarians The book has a good message that goes deeper than just don t be a homophobic jerk It s about standing up for yourself doing the right thing and making a kick ass pie All good topics The protagonist is a twelve year old but I think it s perfectly appropriate for younger readers


About the Author: Jennifer Gennari

My stories come from my passion for truth and justice and my compassion for people of all ages When I was young I turned to books to help me understand the world and differing experiences I am an optimist at heart and I hope my books connect us one to anotherI'm also a reader and I hope you are one too By the time I was ten I was carrying stacks of books home on a bus from the public lib



10 thoughts on “My Mixed Up Berry Blue Summer

  1. says:

    My manager came to me with this book and said he'd written a review of it for the library system's magazine and it was tu

  2. says:

    Although the book has aspects that are a tad didactic and some of the disharmony is resolved too easily I still enjoyed this title in part because of its honesty and in part because of its exploration of a topic not often

  3. says:

    This is the first middle grade book I've read that discusses the marriage of two women and the discrimination and prejudice they face The story is told by June a 12 year old who lives with her mother and her mother's fiance in Vermo

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    I

  5. says:

    This is a sweet book about a 12 year old girl whose mom is a lesbian and is soon to be married to her partner It takes place in Vermont when same sex civil unions had just been legalized and there was a signific

  6. says:

    It's difficult to find good LGBT themed books for middle school students so I was excited when a bookseller gave me an advanced copy of this at NCTE last month publication date 2012 The story All twelve year old June wants is to ente

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    June the main character was believable and I really enjoyed her development and being inside her head Loved this line and how it relates to t

  8. says:

    A wonderful middle grade fiction about a twelve year girl whose mother just happens to be marrying another woman during an eventful Vermont summer

  9. says:

    June and Luke had a code system using a flashlight Green I can play Yellow I can't and Red trouble Every morning o

  10. says:

    June aged 12 her mom MJ and fiancée Eva live near Vermont It is summer holiday time and June’s plans are to win the local pie baking competition and spend time with her best friend Luke However almost from the beginning the signs are there that problems are not far away At first it is a short note then June is bullie

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