Posted in 2014-2015 Club, Not Mock Newbery

The Summer I Saved the World in 65 Days, by Michele Hurwitz

Summer I Saved the World in 65 DaysSummary:  Inspired by her late grandmother, thirteen-year-old Nina spends a summer secretly doing good deeds for her neighbors and enjoying the changes she brings about, even as she is dealing with changing friendships and family issues.

Random House

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4 thoughts on “The Summer I Saved the World in 65 Days, by Michele Hurwitz

  1. This was a really sweet book and the theme was well carried out creating a story that made me remember it even after finishing. Throughout the book Nina is basically trying to do sixty five good things for people hoping it might somehow heal and bring together her distant neighborhood when really it turns out she is healing things even nearer to herself like family and close friends that had been slowly growing apart. She continually believes that there are more good people than bad people in the world and that she should definitely be on he good side. However, other people, including the guy she has a crush on, believe otherwise and she works hard at showing them that there are good people and overall there is hope in a complicated world. The author does a good job of proving this point, creating hope even for the reader who finds themselves connecting to Nina and wanting her to succeed at showing people the good in the world and healing the bad. The writing style was not very detailed, however it did not need to be because I’m pretty sure the author was going for more of a fun and sweet read that made you think. It was indeed a very fun read and it made me smile, however I do not think it was quite Newbery.

    1. I completely agree. I was going to say pretty much the same: good but not Newbery. But Krista already said all I was going to say so i’ll leave it at that. : )

  2. I could find this book’s theme easily: if you’re kind, maybe the world will look a little better. The theme was shown really well throughout the book.
    Like Krista said, the writing style wasn’t detailed, but I felt that it fit the overall style of the book.
    I enjoyed this book as a fun summer read, but I don’t think it will win the Mock Newbery.

  3. I also completely agree with all 3 of you. It wasn’t very detailed like Krista said, but she also said everything I was going to say so thats all.

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