Sunday, August 12, 2012

Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker

Stella's mom is off "finding herself" after getting in trouble for not taking care of Stella very well.  So Stella lives with her great aunt on Cape Cod.  Stella appreciates Louise's orderliness but she can't wait for her mother to come back for her.  She also can't wait to get away from Angel, the surly girl Louise is fostering.  The two girls barely speak but when they come home from school to find that Louise has died they have to work together.  Neither girl is anxious to tell anyone what has happened since it means that both of them will be sent to live in new foster homes.  They decide that they can cover up Louise's death and run the small motel cottages she manages until Stella's mom comes back for her.  An okay book but I didn't really buy into the necessity of the girls hiding everything.  And the ending was just too good to be true.