By Audrey Couloumbis
Ten-year-old Lexie always spends summers at the shore with her parents. This summer is going to be different, though. Her parents are divorced and Daddy surprises her with visitors—his new girlfriend and her two boys, a moody teenager and a messy three-year-old. What’s a girl to do?
“Couloumbis demonstrates her skill at writing with quiet understanding and unstudied polish for younger readers.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books *Starred Review*
“Convincing characters and solid dialogue enhance the credible plot, which is more focused on feelings than action. This tender, realistic tale might go a long way toward soothing the doubts of many children who are dealing with similarly trying situations.” (Fiction. 8-12) –Kirkus
“Lexie is a sweet, short story that will appeal particularly to young girls. Newbery Honor-winning author Audrey Couloumbis very deftly shows us the growth of her character in the passing of just a few days. Yes, growing up is dealing with things we don’t like, and Lexie will show you how to do it.” —Bookpage
“Couloumbis compresses a lot of change, both endured and accepted, into a single week, but wisely doesn’t end with everyone living happily ever after. Instead, she suggests that the young characters are caught in an inevitable situation and might just make the best of it.” —Horn Book
“. . .writing with quiet understanding and unstudied polish for younger readers, Couloumbis’ ability to walk through complicated emotional dynamics in kid-accessible language. . .is impressive, making Lexie a perceptive narrator but not requiring her to be implausibly sophisticated. —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books