The Battle of Junk Mountain

by Lauren Abbey Greenberg

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For fans of Rebecca Stead and Jennifer L. Holm, this is the perfect middle grade summer beach read.

Twelve-year-old Shayne Whittaker has always spent summers on the Maine coast, visiting her grandmother Bea and playing with her BFF Poppy. Both Shayne and Bea are collectors, in their own ways:...
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Published By Running Press Kids

Format Hardback


Number Of Pages 224

Publication Date 04/17/2018

ISBN 9780762462957

Dimensions 5.88 inches x 8.5 inches

"This absorbing middle-grade read gently but unflinchingly considers the common ground of growing up and growing old."
— -Kirkus Reviews

Told in the voice of a spunky, hopeful 12-year-old, this story explores not only the importance of family but the reality that some people grow apart. Realistic descriptions detail what it's like to live with a hoarder and the reluctance to let go of sentimental treasures. This beautiful story reminds readers that there's much more to life than material objects.
— -Booklist

"Themes on intergenerational relationships, grief, and evolving friendships elevate this above the standard summer vacation story. A solid purchase, especially where realistic coming-of-age middle grade is needed."
— -School Library Journal

This coming of age story is a great book for middle grade[rs] . . . who enjoy realistic fiction."
— School Library Connection

"Loved it! Shayne's sharp wit combined with her can-do compassion grabs us from the get-go. Her summer of trials and unexpected friendships shines a brilliant light on the power of holding on . . . and letting go. I didn't want this sweet, heartrending story to end!"
— -Jennifer Richard Jacobson, author of Small as an Elephant

"The Battle Of Junk Mountain is a warm, fresh tale that will have readers smelling the salty air of the New England coast as they explore the heavy burden-and joy-of toting around the past. Anyone lucky enough to have a summer friend will instantly relate to Shayne as she navigates honoring old traditions and fostering new paths."

— -Beth Vrabel, author of Caleb and Kit and the Pack of Dorks series