Hispanic Heritage Month

How Tía Lola Saved the Summer

TFK Kid Reporter Taylor Pannell reviews Julia Alvarez's new book

May 01, 2011


Genre: Realistic Fiction

Number of pages: 141

What's the basic story line?

Miguel's family is expecting the Sword family—three girls, their father and their dog—for the summer. Miguel sees the visit as a "girl invasion," and doesn't believe that his summer vacation could get any worse. The Sword girls also feel doubtful that they'll enjoy the trip, because they have to pass up a trip to Disneyland. Can Tía Lola save the day? She creates an adventure camp complete with secrets and mysteries! By the end of the summer, Miguel learns that people aren't always who they seem to be.

Are the characters believable?

All of the characters are believable, because they face many of the challenges families and kids face today. The characters experience a mix of emotions, wants and needs. Miguel is an interesting 11-year-old boy, who promises to be a good host but dreads his guests' arrival. Tía Lola is that special aunt who knows how to add a touch of fun to everything!

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being best), how would you rate this book?

I rate this book a 7. I enjoyed how the author expresses the characters' feelings very realistically, and how I could relate to many of the events in the story.


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