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Review: 'My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer,' By Jennifer Gennari

BY CHRIS KENNEDY, Public Library Manager Modified: September 5, 2012 at 8:50 am •  Published: September 5, 2012

It’s fair time – both the Oklahoma State Fair and the County Fair. As someone who loves to bake, I identified with 12-year-old June Farrell. She knows she can make a great pie and really wants to enter one of her pies in the Champlain Valley County Fair pie competition. Her dilemma was just what kind of berries should she use. The flavor had to be perfect!

Little did she know, June’s decision would be over shadowed by her mom’s new love interest. Yes, a doctor is a good choice, right? Yet, for June, it meant she’d never realize her dream of having a “real family,” one with a Mom and Dad. You see, this doctor is a woman.

This Vermont town was unsure what to do with the new civil union law. June’s friends were conflicted. She didn’t know where to turn in the mist of her own confusion. In her search for acceptance, June found peace in the unexpected places.

Who knew the local librarian would be a source of comfort? Even in the midst of hateful words, June found strength.

I picked up the book, just wanting to think back on the good memories of going to the County Fair. Yet, the author was able to take me places I didn’t know I wanted to go. The story is well done and allows opportunities understanding love in many different ways.


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