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Reviewed by Tanya Owen for Readers' Favorite
"Summer Sage", written by Monica Crosson, is a book that would be enjoyed by female preteens and young adults. It is a coming-of-age story about a young girl who learns more about herself and others over her summer vacation than she ever expected. Livvy is a classic tomboyish girl who learns there is more to life than boots, playing in pigpens and being self-absorbed. When her rich cousin, Penelope, comes to visit, she is in for more than she bargained for. Livvy made it known that having Penelope come to visit would be pure torture for her, but she was there to stay for six weeks, and there was nothing Livvy could do but make the best of it. Was Penelope going to ruin her summer, or was something magical going to happen? Well, you'll have to read the book to find out.
"Summer Sage" is an excellent book for children aged 10-14. From problems with teachers criticizing her, to having her summer plans drastically altered by a not-so-liked cousin, to trying to be noticed by a neighborhood boy she has a crush on, Livvy learns many lessons about life not only through her cousin, but by others in her small community. She learns not to believe everything she hears about people, but to instead, give them a chance and make up her own mind. As if turning 13 weren't enough, she feels some of the surreal experiences she has had this summer has given her life-long lessons she will never forget and always treasure. She learns that sometimes you find out more about yourself when presented with situations you thought you couldn't handle, but somehow manage to anyway. This book is definitely a book that preteen and teen girls can relate to on one level or another.