Dream Within a Dream by Patricia MacLachlan, 119 pages. Margaret K. Elderry Books (Simon & Schuster), 2019. $17. 9781534429598
Content: Language: G (0 "swears"); Mature Content: G; Violence: G
BUYING ADVISORY: EL - ADVISABLE
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
Louisiana and her brother, Theo, are spending the summer on Deer Island with their grandparents as they do every year. But this year things are changing--her brother doesn't want to leave, her grandpa's eyesight is starting to go, and Louisa meets a new boy named George. As the summer speeds by, Louisa builds new relationships and learns to trust that the right thing will work out amidst all the change.
This book was a breath of fresh air when it comes to nice, optimistic stories. The story is written with a happy innocence that was almost hard to swallow at times, but overall it has a wonderful warmth to it that you can't really complain about. I did struggle mightily with the encouragement her grandparents gave Louisa's budding relationship with George considering she is not even 12, but maybe younger readers will just accept it happily. As to content there is nothing to report--100% clean in every way. Really, the most wholesome book I've read in a while.
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