The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island
The Fletchers are back on Rock Island, home of all their best summer memories. But from their first day on vacation, it’s clear that this year, things have changed. Their favorite lighthouse is all boarded up‘ and the Fletcher boys can’t figure out why or how to save it. Add a dose of Shakespeare, a very tippy kayak, a video camera, (maybe, possibly, or not) a swimming cat, and some new neighbors, and the recipe for a crazy vacation is complete.
Over the course of the summer, the Fletchers will learn that sometimes, even in a place where time stands still, the wildest, weirdest, and most wonderful surprises await.
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This is a great series about a nontraditional family. The interpersonal dynamics in this are true-to-life: Eli feels that he is too old to hang out with the family, there's some tension among the adults, and Frog is an annoying (but funny) younger brother. It's sort of funny that Rock Island's motto is "Welcome to Rock Island, Where Time Stands Still!", but no one gives the Fletchers a hard time.
Like this first book in the series, this is very episodic, and delivers snap shots of the summer in a warm and humorous fashion. This would make a great read aloud, especially on vacation in a beach rental!
This was strongly reminiscent of other "summers at the shore" books like Greenwald's Welcome to Dog Beach, The Penderwicks at Point Mouette, Howland's The Forget-Me-Not Summer and Hapka's Heart of a Dolphin. Had a retro vibe to it, despite the family's diversity.
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