Reminiscent of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, thirteen-year-old Berry tries to make sense of her family life, hometown life, and prejudices in a small town in Florida in the 1950s. She lives close to swamps, snakes, quicksand and smoldering adult relationships. A mix of humor, poignancy, and mystery, Berry's story brings fresh insight into the adult world through the eyes of a young girl being pointed toward womanhood during a hot summer of personal and community devastation. What Berry learns this hot summer will remain a part of her for a lifetime. The reader will be intrigued to the very last page!
Recommended by Ruth Ann Johnson