Dolphin Summer

Dolphin Summer

by Catherine Hapka


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Lily's summer is off to a rocky start. Her best friends have abandoned her for sleep-away camp, without even considering whether she'd want to go or not. Worse, she's stuck with a long summer reading list her parents insist she finish when all she really wants to do is hang out at the aquarium so she can learn everything she'll need to know to become a marine biologist someday. They don't understand her dreams.

So when Lily discovers a dolphin in a nearby canal, she's torn. She knows she shouldn't be spending all her time watching over the sweet, playful creature. But if the dolphin can't find the way back to its pod in the bay, it could be in serious trouble. Lily can't help feeling that saving the dolphin might just be her destiny...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781338136449
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 392,917
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.62(h) x (d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Catherine Hapka has written many books for children and young adults. She lives in Pennsylvania and enjoys reading, horseback riding, music, gardening, and traveling.

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YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
A Tale with a PORPOISE! Do you love the beach, dolphins and summer? Then Dolphin Summer is the book for you! I recommend this book for girls ages 8-12, who want a fun summer read. Twelve-year-old Lily is a regular girl living in Brooklyn, New York. Lily’s summer plans are filled with fun for her and her best friends, but they’re quickly washed away when her friends leave her for a soccer sleepaway camp. Lily really wants to visit the aquarium to see the animals, and walk around Coney Island, but her parents would rather have her studying than “wasting” time at the beach. When Lily finds a lost dolphin stuck in a sewage canal, her summer adventure begins as she plans to take care of it as much as possible. Thanks to her friend Nia, Lily goes there as often as she can to watch it, while still doing her reading and studying. However, the dolphin, who she names, Wanda, is looking very ill. Does Lily have what it takes to save Wanda and help her find her pod? My favorite character is Nia, because she is funny, creative, and fun to be around. It was so cool when she showed Lily the dolphin sculpture she has made out of recycled materials! I thought it was really clever and interesting. I wish that I could have read more about her projects! I loved the part where Nia and Lily bring their beach chairs, umbrella, food, Nia’s sketch pad, and Lily’s books so they can watch the dolphin and get their work done. It was a really funny scene! Also, when people started coming up to them to ask about the dolphin and more and more people joined them! The author was really creative with that part! This realistic fiction book is a great catch! My recommendation is to enjoy reading it while relaxing on the beach. I gave this book 4 stars because some of the chapters were not quite as exciting as they could have been. I also wished there was more to the story at the end, since it ended rather abruptly without having a sequel to this book. However, overall, it was a fun read! Happy reading! Review by Brooke Z., age 11, Delaware Valley Mensa