Summer Sanctuary

Summer Sanctuary

Laurie Gray / Apr 21, 2019

Summer Sanctuary Matthew knows that this summer is going to be the worst ever His best friend Kyle is gone his younger brother Mark has surpassed him in size and athletic ability and his mother is pregnant for the f

  • Title: Summer Sanctuary
  • Author: Laurie Gray
  • ISBN: 9781935462347
  • Page: 148
  • Format: Paperback
  • Matthew knows that this summer is going to be the worst ever His best friend Kyle is gone, his younger brother Mark has surpassed him in size and athletic ability, and his mother is pregnant for the fifth time The eldest home schooled son of a preacher, Matthew plans to bury himself in books about the speed of light and Einstein s Theory of Relativity to see if he can prMatthew knows that this summer is going to be the worst ever His best friend Kyle is gone, his younger brother Mark has surpassed him in size and athletic ability, and his mother is pregnant for the fifth time The eldest home schooled son of a preacher, Matthew plans to bury himself in books about the speed of light and Einstein s Theory of Relativity to see if he can prove his own theory about the dilation of time Instead, he befriends Dinah, a homeless teenager seeking refuge at the library Although from very different backgrounds, Matthew and Dinah come to realize that they have a great deal in common their love for music and for cans of olives and potato chips found in a supermarket dumpster that are just past the sell by date and maybe even for each other Matthew struggles with his feelings for his own family as he helps Dinah avoid Child Welfare And in the process, Dinah helps him discover that even the smallest acts of kindness can make a very big difference.

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      • Laurie Gray

        An experienced trial attorney and child advocate, Laurie Gray is the founder of Socratic Parenting SocraticParenting , co creator of Token of Change , and a consultant for Sophie s Caf SophiesCafe Laurie earned her B.A from Goshen College and her J.D from Indiana University Maurer School of Law She also works as an adjunct professor of criminal sciences for Indiana Tech and a bilingual child forensic interviewer at the Dr Bill Lewis Center for Children in Fort Wayne, Indiana She has served on the faculty of the National Symposium on Child Abuse in Huntsville, Alabama, every spring since 2009 Laurie is the author of three young adult novels Summer Sanctuary Luminis Books 2010 , Maybe I Will Luminis Books 2013 and Just Myrto Luminis Books 2014 Her debut novel received a Moonbeam Gold Medal and was named a 2011 Indiana Best Book Finalist.


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    1. I got this for free from iTunes a few years ago. This is a simple story of a home schooled boy named Matthew and the short friendship he develops during the summer vacation. While it is never clear if his parents are aware of his secret friend, Dinah, they are not the absent parents of the ya genre. Honestly, this felt more like middle grade book. Despite being simply told, it deals mainly with helping someone who is less fortunate with dignity. A great message for any age.The main fault is that [...]


    2. Laurie Gray's Summer Sanctuary is a wonderfully moving story in which both the shy and studious Matthew and the worldly and tomboyish Dinah grow up so much in just a few short weeks. Matthew meets Dinah, whom he originally thought was a boy, at the library, when she takes his half-eaten lunch out of the trash can and eats it. He's watching from a window inside the library. While Matthew is intrigued by this girl who has eaten from the trash, Dinah is extremely hesitant to tell her story the firs [...]


    3. Facing a summer without his best friend, Matthew decided on a summer project using the speed of light and the theory of relativity to try and prove his own theory about the dilation of time. Using the library resources on a daily basis to prove his theory, he met a girl that turns out didn’t really have anyplace to live or anyone to watch over her for a while. Sharing lunch with Dinah everyday, he would bring sandwiches and she would contribute anything she could find, even if it came from the [...]


    4. A sweet little book for middle schoolers- the first I've read that portrays poverty/homelessness in this way- a delicate balance of agency between the girl who is (temporarily) homeless and the home-schooled-preacher's boy.


    5. It’s finally summer! I’m delighted to finally have the time to get my hands on some of the books I have been meaning to read for so long.Because of my work with junior youth (aged 12 to 15), I’m always on the lookout for books that balance realism with high standards, as well as being approachable while not being patronizing. It has been rather difficult; there seems to be a growing market for books that do not have the high standards a junior youth adhering to religious convictions strive [...]


    6. Reviewed by Erikka Adams aka "The Bookbinder" for TeensReadTooWho doesn't remember what it's like to be stuck at home for the summer with nothing to do and no one to see?At first, this is the prospect for twelve-year-old Matthew's summer. He wants to be hanging out with his friend, Kyle, going to the movies, or doing anything but what he is really doing - hanging out with his family or working on a summer home schooling project which involves being at the library. Every. Day. What a lame summer. [...]


    7. I received this book as a FirstReads winner. Thank you, GoodReads, and thank you, Luminis Books!This is one of those books that is good in ways that have not yet become apparent to me even though I'm done reading. Its long-term impact on me will be evident when I think of it years from now, and realize that my thinking about some subject has been affected by the book. That's one of my toughest measures of a well-written story.This is also one of those books that are difficult to describe, becaus [...]


    8. I won this book in Good Reads First Reads raffle and wonder if they chose me based off of my interests, career and books that I've read! This is a YA novel, somewhat Christian-themed story that takes place in and around a library! I really enjoyed reading this book. It was something I could imagine myself giving my teenage child in the future. Matthew is one of four- soon to be five- children of a pastor of the local Peace Congregation. He is home-schooled and is required to do a summer project [...]


    9. According to Matthew, this summer is going to suck. With his friend Kyle away visiting his grandparents' farm, there won't be anyone to hangout with except his annoying brothers and his pregnant mother. And what's up with that? Aren't four sons enough for one family?Being homeschooled by his mother and minister father, Matthew decides to throw himself into a science research project so he can spend the long summer at the local library. One of his first days at the library he meets a strange girl [...]


    10. My Take: I really enjoyed this book. I was curious about it when I first read the summary because I homeschool my daughter and homeschooled my two older children all the way through school. Beside a few spots where the author made Matthew a little naive ( seemed that he was that way because of his being homeschooled, Most homeschooled children that I know are more away of the entire world than the average child their age) I thought that the author portrayed a homeschooled child very well.I was t [...]


    11. Matthew is a homeschooled PK preacher's kid who plans to spend much of his summer vacation at the library. He wants to study the speed of light and connect it to the biblical story of creation. On his visits to the library he befriends a homeless teenaged girl and offers her a physical sanctuary at his father's church but both characters receive an emotional sanctuary through their friendship. I loved the references to various books and library research and found it refreshing to read about chur [...]


    12. I found this story was believable and it made me stop and think about life. The story proves to me that our children can outsmart us if they want to. I enjoyed the dialog between the characters. I was a little sad that Matthew felt like he had to keep the secret; but I also understand that the secret needed to be kept so Child Welfare did not get involved. Parts of this story made me laugh out-loud. I will share this book with some of the readers at the library.


    13. Matthew spots a girl sitting in a tree by the library and thinks she's a boy. When he finally meets her, he is fascinated by her and instantly wants to be her friend. Dinah is a girl who is struggling to survive while her mom is in prison for breaking probation. This story just felt really forced to me. I don't mind religious undertones, but these didn't work for me at all. And the ending was just a rushed, neat-package ending. Yeah, not my favorite book.


    14. I was a couple of pages into this story before I understood that the POV character was a boy. After that, I really became engaged and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Matthew and Dinah. They both touched my heart. I expected a different ending and was perhaps a bit disappointed, but that means the ending wasn't predictable. I recommend this novel to pre-teen and early teen boys and girls as well as adults who care about that age group.


    15. I recieved Summer Sanctuary in the book contest. Although it was a young reader book,which I'm only young at heart I enjoyed this book very much and will be giving it to a grandaughter that I know will enjoy it. Summer Sanctuary keeps you very envolved in the main character,Matthew and Dinah. I truly enjoyed this book.


    16. The end left me wanting more. Did Matthew's parents know about Dinah? Did Dinah and her mom make it to Cincinnati? Did Matthew tell Kyle about Dinah? There could have been much more to this book. That being said, the friendship between Matthew and Dinah was incredibly sweet. Maybe the author will write part 2? One can only hope!


    17. This rating could even pass as a three. I felt like lowering it because, I WANTED TO READ MORE! This book is a quick read. I wanted more. I just love the friendship Michael and Dinah had going on. This book wasn't overly religious which I liked. Hopefully there is a series to these books!


    18. This is a FirstReads giveaway book. The lesson I learned was a sanctuary is often found in unexpected places by people with whom we have little in common. A sanctuary isn't always a PLACE of safety, but involves friendship and trust. This young adult novel is one I would recommend for others.


    19. I had to remove a few stars for the abrupt ending to the book, and the feeling like there never ended up being a climax or main objective to overcome. It read more like a diary than a story.




    20. Very fast read, took less than a day thank goodness, I wasn't into this story at all, I thought it was boring and pointless. I'm glad it was a free kindle book.



    21. This is a great book for middle-grade readers. It has a lot of heart and a great deal of soul, and author Laurie Gray throws in her gentle humor at no extra charge.


    22. Peaceful summer storyNicely written without being predictable. This is a good one for young readers. It's a coming of age kind of story.


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