Written and Illustrated by Kevin Henkes

Alice is going to spend the week of her birthday, the same as she does every year, at the beach house in Florida. Only this is a special birthday. This year she is turning ten, (double digits!)and she knows something wonderful is going to happen. She hopes her greatest wish comes true– to find the very rare Junonia seashell.

This is such a sweet book. I can see it getting some Newbery recognition. The writing was spot-on for the feelings and thoughts of a ten year old girl. The part where Henkes has her “cobbling” for words, was genius. Beautiful descriptions of the ocean, the sand, the beach and relatable characters make this book memorable.

This is an easy chapter book for 3-6 grades.

Review by Terrie Bishop, Academy Park Elem. Media Center
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 3-6

Written and Illustrated by Kevin Henkes
Greenwillow Books
176 pages
Release Date: May 24, 2011
ISBN: 9780061964176 (hardcover)

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