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My Mixed-up Berry Blue Summer

By Sally Engelfried, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Girl stands up for gay mom in slight but thoughtful story.

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MY MIXED-UP BERRY BLUE SUMMER is more interesting for its subject matter than its riveting plot or deeply developed characters. June's initial resistance to her mother's marriage -- not because of anti-gay feelings but because of a fear of change in the household -- saves this story from being merely didactic and adds some real depth to June's dilemma.

Other elements, such as June's pie-making expertise and her fear of jumping in the water, seem contrived to provide an easy and almost too-tidy means to both highlight and solve her problems. That said, June's emotional growth is believable, and the resolution is satisfying.

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