Sand Dollar Summer (Thorndike Literacy Bridge Middle Reader)

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grade 5n/a4.640125
Twelve-year-old Lise watches her safe world fall apart when her strong, self-reliant mom is injured in a car accident. To recuperate, Mom takes Lise and her bright little brother to live in a rattletrap house on the beach in Maine for the summer. Although her mother grew up there, this is Lise's first experience with the ocean. She's terrified by what may be lurking in the cold depths and confused by the ways that Maine is changing her mother.

As secrets from the past start spilling out, even the solid earth may not keep Lise safe anymore. Lise will have to learn to go with the flow -- or risk falling apart -- in this tender, funny, and wise novel...the story of one family's unforgettable summer.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published on June 3, 2008 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
ISBN-10: 1416958347
ISBN-13: 9781416958345
5 Book Reviews
  • ajg16
    ajg16Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 6:31 pm55 stars
    Get ready to laugh.. And cry reading this book! Lise is just a normal twelve-year-old girl with an amazing mom she looks up to and a cute smart little brother, Free, who doesn't speak (there is nothing wrong with him though) One day Lise's world comes crashing down hard and her mother is in a horrible car accident as her mom begins to recover she decides to go on a family vacation where she grew up in Maine on the beach. Lise hates it there but slowly comes around with the help of her mom and brother, her mom's friend Michael (a doctor and someone that the mom grew up with) and Ben in old man who lives near there "cottage". I have fallen in love with this book and I hope you will to Recommended for 12+ Thanks for reading -Ajg16's reviews
    • spe1Monday, February 25, 2013 at 11:17 am
      it looks good!!
      • els1
        els1Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm44 stars
        It's really good so far
        • pickles01
          pickles01Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm
          i know right i thought she would die like ben! :(
          • 20charte
            20charteSunday, October 21, 2012 at 6:51 am
            I loved it! I couldn't stop reading it! I was so scared at the end. She did something so brave!