CALL ME AMY by Marcia Strykowski ~ Coming May 15, 2013!
Oral presentations, shunning by the in-crowd, a nickname she detests (Shrimp)—13-year-old Amy’s life seems full of unhappy challenges in her tiny 1970s Maine coastal town, where privacy and individualism are not prized. Only when cool, popular classmate Craig rescues an injured seal pup and entreats Amy’s help do events begin to take a turn for the better. The law forbids private ownership of a seal, so the two connive to hide the animal, slowly nursing it back to health. When they enlist the help of “Old Coot,” the town eccentric most folks have ostracized, the kids bond with the kind woman and all three of them—make that four with Pup—form a strong, mutually beneficial bond. Strykowski ably depicts Amy’s insecurity and self-doubt, Craig’s bravura and pain, and Miss Cogshell’s wisdom with a deft, convincing touch. In essence, Amy comes of age as she fights to find her voice in the outside world and shed some of her debilitating insecurity. Readers will cheer her on, and her splendid team too.
— Anne O’Malley, Booklist April 15, 2013 issue
Visit the Luminis Web page to learn more and purchase the book! A great pick for summer reading!