(no time to take a new photo, you must read this book!!)
Well, I was horribly distracted from my "Summer Reads" series by a certain very popular trilogy (more on that next week). Therefore, I've changed the series to "Recommended Reads" and I plan to keep it going well into the school year.
Since I left you without recommendations for so long, I knew I had to come back with a stellar book. Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant is exactly that.
In the beginning, Audrey, or Oddly as she's more fondly known, is on her way home after learning that her father is in a coma. She is forced to leave her tortoise, Winnifred in the hands of her friends, while she is away. Between the two of them, they narrate a story about dealing with loss in a unique and playful way. I laughed out loud reading this (If you're shy about those kinds of things, be prepared to read it in private. It's impossible not to laugh.). If I tell you any more, I'll give too much away.
This is a truly magical book. I went to buy this book on a recommendation from Julie, but discovered that seven (7!) bookstore staff members recommended it, as well. In return, I've already passed my copy on twice to great reviews. It's the best book I've read all summer.