Lexie by Audrey CouloumbisLexie by Audrey Couloumbis

Lexie

byAudrey CouloumbisIllustratorJulia Denos

Paperback | March 27, 2012

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Ten-year-old Lexie used to love going to the shore. For as long as she can remember, she's spent every summer there with her parents, eating hamburgers, swimming in the ocean, and combing the beach for treasure.  This summer is going to be different though. Lexie's mom and daddy are divorced, and for the first time Mom won't be there. To make matters worse, Daddy has a surprise—his new girlfriend, Vicky, and her two sons are coming to stay with them for a week!  Now Lexie has to share her house with perky Vicky, Vicky's moody teenage son Ben, and messy three-year-old Harris. The little beach house just doesn't seem big enough for so many people. Is there still room for Lexie?

In a voice that's sharp, funny, and sincere, Newbery Honor-winning author Audrey Couloumbis tells the story of a girl discovering that if you pay attention, sometimes you can find treasure in the most unlikely places.
AUDREY COULOUMBIS's first book for children, Getting Near to Baby, won the Newbery Honor in 2000. Audrey is also the author of several other highly acclaimed books for young readers, including The Misadventures of Maude March (which was named a Book Sense 76 Pick, a New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing Selection, ...
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Title:LexieFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.63 × 5.25 × 0.44 inPublished:March 27, 2012Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0375856331

ISBN - 13:9780375856334

Appropriate for ages: 8 - 12

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lexie by Audrey Couloumbis I don't usually read too many middle grade novels anymore, but when I found myself with a copy of Lexie in my hands, I jumped on the chance to read a story about a young girl who's summer plans with her father lead to unexpected surprises. It was a quick read for me but I enjoyed reading every single page of this story nonetheless! It's a cute, summer novel that I think younger readers will find most delightful but there's also some important messages you can take away after reading the novel as well!
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quick Summer Read... I don't usually read too many middle grade novels anymore, but when I found myself with a copy of Lexie in my hands, I jumped on the chance to read a story about a young girl who's summer plans with her father lead to unexpected surprises. Lexie was a great, young protagonist who immediately grew on me right away. Her parents have recently divorced and it's her first summer vacation away from her mother at her father's beach house. She's an avid reader (yay!), so she's already planned her summer books to bring along and hopes to have some fun combing the beach with her Dad. And when you learn that she's not going to get some alone time after all, and that her Dad has decided to invite his girlfriend and her own two children along without saying a word to her... your heart does a little flip and plummet like Lexie's. You can quickly understand her point of view and why she's less than thrilled to be sharing her Dad with people that are practically strangers to her. Her hurt feelings and her Dad's clueless behaviour to the situation will have your heart reaching out to her. And perhaps because she's only ten, she does lack the bitterness that might have been expected from a character in a YA novel and is willing to at least make the best of the situation. This is a week for Lexie where she'll find more hidden treasures than the ones simply found on a beach... just maybe, she'll come to form new friendships and learn that family can be found in different forms. It was a quick read for me but I enjoyed reading every single page of this story nonetheless! It's a cute, summer novel that I think younger readers will find most delightful but there's also some important messages you can take away after reading the novel as well! You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2011/05/lexie-by-audrey-couloumbis.html
Date published: 2011-05-12

Editorial Reviews

Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, June 2011:"As she did in Jake (BCCB 12/10), Couloumbis demonstrates her skill at writing with quiet understanding and unstudied polish for younger readers. Her ability to walk through complicated emotional dynamics in kid-accessible language...is impressive, making Lexie a perceptive narrator but not requiring her to be implausibly sophisticated."From the Hardcover edition.