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The week of her tenth birthday, Alice and her parents go to Sanibel Island, Florida, just as they do every year, but this time some of the people who are always there are missing and some new people have come. This unsettles Alice, who wants things to be exactly the same as they alway have been.
Author and illustrator Kevin Henkes had his first book, entitled ALL ALONE, published in 1981 when he was only 19 years old. Since then, he has become an enormously popular author of picture books and novels for middle-grade readers, notably the Newbery Honor Book OLIVE'S OCEAN. Many of Henkes's picture books, such as JULIUS THE BABY OF THE WORLD and LILY'S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE, feature the character Lily--a feisty white mouse. In 2005, he was awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal for his charming, duotoned KITTEN'S FIRST FULL MOON. In 2006, he received the Sterling North Legacy Award for Excellence in Children's Literature.
"Very few writers have such a keen understanding of the emotional lives of children; here Henkes is at the top of his game."
From the Publisher
Each year, 9-year-old Alice Rice goes to Sanibel Island in Florida with her parents. They have important vacation rituals, like who will see the first dolphin and the first pelican. Alice looks forward to the same things every year, their friends, the seashells she'll discover, and the rhythms of the island. But this year, things are a bit different and it's hard for Alice to adjust. Perhaps finding the junonia seashell, an unusual one that she longs for, will make everything fall into place. Thoughtfully written, imbued with the quiet but important routines of childhood, this story will ring true. With the author's lovely line drawings accompanying the story.