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Gemini Summer

by Iain Lawrence

Random House Children's Books | November 11, 2008 | Trade Paperback

Gemini Summer is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 6.
EACH MEMBER OF the River family pursues a dream. But when a tragedy befalls the Rivers, it brings a halt to everyone’s dreams. Everyone but Danny. For he finally gets his dog. And not just any old dog, but a stray that he believes embodies the spirit of someone he dearly loves. Nothing can separate them, not even after the police come to take the dog away. Together Danny and his dog run off, heading toward Cape Canaveral, where some dreams end up coming true.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 3 × 2.02 × 0.25 in

Published: November 11, 2008

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440419352

ISBN - 13: 9780440419358

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Touching! This book was touching..it was a bit boring at parts and weird how Beau is a dog.but it was great..I t broke my heart to see Beau go and Danny being so heart-broken and caring. The last few chapters changed my veiw of the book and were great.
Date published: 2008-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Is The Best Book I Have Ever Read This is a charming story about two close brothers, Danny and Beau River. Beau is fascinated by rockets and space (especially the Gemini Rockets that were blasting off that summer) and Danny loves dogs. They're father, Old Man River is building a shelter in their front yard to protect them (supposedly) from the fighting in Vietnam. They're mother, Flo River loves the movie (and book) Gone With The Wind and is writing her own book starring Cherry O'Day. They live in Hog's Hollow where they have mean neighbours Dopey and Creepy Colvig. Dopey Colvig is the son who was with an unamed condition that disables him to talk so he just grunts and makes other scary noises. Creepy Colvig (not his real name but a nickname that describes him well)is the mean father and is always fighting with Old Man River. An accident happens with Dopey Colvig and the shelter that changes the River's lives. This book was unbearably moving and had beautiful, hopeful ending.
Date published: 2008-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mesmerizing One family leads it's life of joys and sorrows amidst the beginnings of both the Vietnam War and the space race. The father is obsessed with building a fallout shelter for the family, the mother spends most of her time in the basement writing the next 'Gone With the Wind', and then there are the boys, one who wants to be an astronaut while the other who wants nothing more than to have a dog. The vivid portrayal of life during this time reminded me so much of the movie 'Stand By Me'. Tragedy hits this family and the way they suffer, the way they deal and the way they cope is riveting. The writing was mesmerizing, I found myself pulled into this book and living along side the characters. For me this was a perfect book, a reader couldn't ask for more. A beautiful, wonderful story of family. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2007-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Superb! Iain Lawrence's Gemini Summer is not like any I've ever experienced before! Although it is a bit young, I think anyone of any age would read this story and be inspired. This magical tale takes place in 1965 in the shadow of the Vietnam War. Once you open up to the first page of the book, you'll embark on a miraculous journey through a precious childhood friendship and the tragedy that rocked it. Gemini Summer is a pure work of fiction, although it seems so real that the events seem to jump right out of the page and blend in with reality. I would truly recommend this literary masterpiece to anyone between the ages of 8-12. Gemini Summer is a childhood story that you definitely don't want to miss!
Date published: 2007-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Superb! Iain Lawrence's Gemini Summer is not like any I've ever experienced before! Although it is a bit young, I think anyone of any age would read this story and be inspired. This magical tale takes place in 1965 in the shadow of the Vietnam War. Once you open up to the first page of the book, you'll embark on a miraculous journey through a precious childhood friendship and the tragedy that rocked it. Gemini Summer is a pure work of fiction, although it seems so real that the events seem to jump right out of the page and blend in with reality. I would truly recommend this literary masterpiece to anyone between the ages of 8-12. Gemini Summer is a childhood story that you definitely don't want to miss!
Date published: 2007-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Superb! Iain Lawrence's Gemini Summer is not like any I've ever experienced before! Although it is a bit young, I think anyone of any age would read this story and be inspired. This magical tale takes place in 1965 in the shadow of the Vietnam War. Once you open up to the first page of the book, you'll embark on a miraculous journey through a precious childhood friendship and the tragedy that rocked it. Gemini Summer is a pure work of fiction, although it seems so real that the events seem to jump right out of the page and blend in with reality. I would truly recommend this literary masterpiece to anyone between the ages of 8-12. Gemini Summer is a childhood story that you definitely don't want to miss!
Date published: 2007-04-06

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Gemini Summer

by Iain Lawrence

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 3 × 2.02 × 0.25 in

Published: November 11, 2008

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440419352

ISBN - 13: 9780440419358

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one The sheriff leaned back with his feet on the desk, watching the blond-haired boy. He was a little man with a sunburned face, with white eyebrows that looked strange on all the redness of his forehead. His cowboy boots had shiny snakeskin tops, and he sat tapping the toes together. There was a blob of blue bubble gum squashed onto one of the soles. He watched the boy for a long time before he said, quite suddenly, "You ever heard of fingerprints, kid?" The boy looked up. "I could take you into the back there and print you," said the sheriff, "and I''d get what I want like that." He snapped his fingers. "I''d know your whole name and your address and everything." The blond-haired boy had a dog beside him. He was petting the dog as he sat in front of the sheriff''s desk, in a wooden chair with arms. The ceiling fan that turned slowly above him trailed shreds of cobwebs round and round. "Now, is that the route you want to take?" said the sheriff. "How could you know my name and address from fingerprints?" asked the boy. He looked at his fingers. "I don''t think you can do that." "Oh, you don''t think I can do that," said the sheriff. "A real little Perry Mason, aren''t you?" The boy said nothing. He had said hardly a word in an hour and twenty minutes. The sheriff sighed. He tapped the toes of his boots together. "Say, that''s a nice dog you got," he said. "What do you cal
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EACH MEMBER OF the River family pursues a dream. But when a tragedy befalls the Rivers, it brings a halt to everyone’s dreams. Everyone but Danny. For he finally gets his dog. And not just any old dog, but a stray that he believes embodies the spirit of someone he dearly loves. Nothing can separate them, not even after the police come to take the dog away. Together Danny and his dog run off, heading toward Cape Canaveral, where some dreams end up coming true.

From the Jacket

EACH MEMBER OF the River family pursues a dream. But when a tragedy befalls the Rivers, it brings a halt to everyone’s dreams. Everyone but Danny. For he finally gets his dog. And not just any old dog, but a stray that he believes embodies the spirit of someone he dearly loves. Nothing can separate them, not even after the police come to take the dog away. Together Danny and his dog run off, heading toward Cape Canaveral, where some dreams end up coming true.

About the Author

Iain Lawrence is the author of numerous acclaimed novels for young people. He lives on Gabriola Island, British Columbia.

Editorial Reviews

“Lively prose, quirky characters and strong dialogue animate this moving story.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred

“Lawrence creates a poignant family drama that will pull the heartstrings of anyone who has looked up to an older sibling or has fallen in love with a dog.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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