Summer of the Gypsy Moths
Title: Summer of the Gypsy Moths
Author: Sara Pennypacker
Although the premise sounds awful, the story is heartfelt and uplifting. Stella and Angel wind up running a group of Cape Cod cottages when their guardian, Stella’s great aunt, unexpectedly passes away. Not wanting to be taken into foster care, the girls bury her and work together to keep the customers and neighbors in the dark. Finding strength in one another, they help the business thrive and find the family they desire.
-Liz at KDL’s Plainfield Township branch
Stella loves living with Great-aunt Louise in her big old house near the water on Cape Cod for many reasons, but mostly because Louise likes routine as much as she does, something Stella appreciates since her mom is, well, kind of unreliable. So while Mom “finds herself,” Stella fantasizes that someday she’ll come back to the Cape and settle down. The only obstacle to her plan? Angel, the foster kid Louise has taken in. Angel couldn’t be less like her name—she’s tough and prickly, and the girls hardly speak to each other.
But when tragedy unexpectedly strikes, Stella and Angel are forced to rely on each other to survive, and they learn that they are stronger together than they could have imagined. And over the course of the summer they discover the one thing they do have in common: dreams of finally belonging to a real family.