About Bingo Summer by Dawn Malone
Suddenly, Summer is a candidate for student council, trades her t-shirt and jeans for mall-brand clothes, and throws a party for her entire grade even though she didn’t invite a single guest. Everyone wants Summer to be someone other than herself, including the super-popular Suri who Summer hopes will be her new best friend. There’s Mara who wants Summer to forget about competing with her for third base when softball season comes. And Summer just wants to avoid Dink and Anna even though she has more in common with them than she wants to admit.
But when Mara discovers how Summer’s family made their millions, and threatens to tell the whole school, Summer needs a friend more than ever. Can Summer fit in AND stay true to herself?
Heart of a Philanthropist's Take
Instantly the family is bombarded with strangers who come out of the woodwork to get a piece of their prize. The family moves to get away from people who know they have the money after making a few donations, and end up in Dorrance- a small upscale town with less than 20,000 residents. Summer has to start middle school almost immediately and finds out the first week of school that her nice neighbor is actually her principal.
Summer meets Suri who quickly becomes her best friend in her new town. Suri introduces her around school and even gets her to run for Vice President.
Although there is some story line for her sister and her mom (and even her step dad) Bingo Summer is mostly about the early teen girl Summer. There are cute phrases in the book. I really like the slogan Summer comes up with to run for VP. There is love (between friends) and loss, and learning what a true friend is.
I really enjoyed this book and believe any girl between 11-13 will like it too.
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