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Book Review: My Mixed Up Berry Blue Summer

My mixed-up berry blue summer

This sweet little 119-page children’s book takes place in Vermont (right as same sex marriage is getting legalized)  and is about June (age 12) who lives across the lake from her BFF Luke with her mom and her mom’s partner, in a small town where everyone knows each other, and conflicting feelings about the new same-sex marriage law are on the rise. Homophobic signs start going up on the telephone poles, and a couple kids start bullying June.

The conflict is nested in the broader story that the town pie contest is coming up and June’s mom runs a tourist/lunch shop, where June is the star pie-maker. She also might be having what are the beginning of feelings for her BFF Luke…

I recommend it– the author does a nice job of telling the story from a 12 year -old’s viewpoint, and includes aspects of June’s ambivalence about her mother’s gayness and outness, her uncertainty about whether other people in town are allies, and manages to wrap it up with a tidy ending. Plus, the setting is pretty cool if you’re not used to small east coast lake towns….

Find a copy here



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