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Holly Jolly Summer
Contributor(s): Stewart, Tiffany
ISBN: 0374305757     ISBN-13: 9780374305758
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: May 2018
Annotation: In Christmas, Kentucky, fifteen-year-old Darby Peacher stumbles her way into a job at the town's run-down holiday-themed amusement park, Holly Jolly Land, but her summer quickly goes from merry to miserable when the boy of Christmas present is absent, the boy of Christmas past is her supervisor, and the town seems to be losing its cheer as it strives to become more commercial.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Dating (Social customs); Fiction.
Summer employment; Fiction.
City and town life; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017042499
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 6.00" W x 1.25" (0.75 lbs) 266 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 April)

Gr 7 Up—The summer tourist season is bustling in the stifling hot town of Christmas, KY, as 15-year-old Darby causes a very public disaster at the annual Snow Globe unveiling. Her single father, the town's mayor, encourages her to get a job and be a regular kid, replacing her unofficial position in his office with Marianne, an attractive city-girl type sent by the governor's office to help Christmas become an even greater tourist destination. Darby goes to work at Holly Jolly Land, a local amusement park full of promise, but in need of a little tender love and care. Despite being the most junior member of the maintenance crew and her reputation, Darby gets to know the owner, Nick, a Vietnam vet, and gains a sense of belonging. Her new supervisor turns out to be Calvin, a cute boy from the not-so-distant past, who causes her crush on Roy, the class heartbreaker, to fizzle. Stewart's debut is full of holiday flavor and humor, but also predictability. The sweet young adult romance would make for a light beach read. VERDICT An additional purchase for large collections where romance is popular.—Laura Jones, Argos Community Schools, IN

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