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Reviewed by April Gilly for Readers' Favorite
Trina Bell's Humming Summer by Silke Stein is the story of 13-year-old Trina. Trina's mother died giving birth to her and her father is a world renowned nature photographer, who spends most of his time photographing endangered species, so Trina lives with her great-aunt. After she kind of gets through to her father, Tibo, he allows her to come to Victoria Island with him while he looks for an endangered bear. Since her father spends most of his time in the forest, Trina makes some unusual friends and sets off to solve the mystery of the disappearing hummingbirds when her newest friend Sweet Pea finally tells her why the island's hummingbird population has been harassing her. Unsure if she can solve the mystery, she sets to the task anyway with Moss, a three-legged dog who quickly becomes her best friend, and Sweet Pea. Will this trip help mend her relationship with her absent father or will she go back home to Germany with good memories and knowing she did a good deed?
Trina Bell's Humming Summer by Silke Stein is an amazing coming of age story. The characters are realistic and Trina's pain over her father's "neglect" and her unusual ability allowed her to quickly find a place in my heart. The imagery that Silke Stein uses is amazing and when the whale watching scene was described, I felt like I was in the boat with Trina and her father. The plot is VERY unique and quickly drew me in. I had a hard time putting it down.