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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Fig Newton Summer is a tale for readers of all ages about a tween’s coming of age, written by Lisa Gammon Olson and illustrated by Lauren Rutledge. Lizzie is a 12-year-old girl who travels on vacation with her parents and younger sister, Lori, to the holiday camping community of Towanda Lake. On the family’s arrival, Lizzie is ecstatic to see her best friends Natalie and Heidi, before meeting the newest family on the block, Earl and Marlene Brewster and their socially awkward son, Newton. Lizzie has many adventures while enjoying several new experiences on Towanda Lake and makes many new friends. Her ultimate ambition while on vacation, however, is to capture Goliath - the largest fish in the lake - and in trying to do so, a beautiful yet unlikely friendship is born.
Humour and drama balance perfectly in this well-written tale which will be sure to have children reading this delightful book time and time again. Not only does Fig Newton Summer incorporate a typical sibling rivalry and teenage friendships, but also some of the many rational and irrational fears which come with growing up in the modern world. Lisa Gammon Olson presents a fun reading experience for the whole family as it brings back fond and familial memories to each and every reader, whether because of lakeside adventures, mishaps, interactions with nature, and valued friendships that are gained and lost. I thoroughly enjoyed Fig Newton Summer and will be sure to read this fun-filled children’s book again in the future.