April 25, 2012


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DreamsleevesDreamsleeves by Coleen Murtagh Paratore (for ages 10 and up)

It's summertime, and Aislinn O'Neill only has 9 weeks before the start of 8th grade. Aislinn is the oldest of 5 children named in alphabetical order. After her is Beck, Callie, Dooley, and Eddie. Because of that, everyone just calls her A.

A hopes to spend the summer conducting summer school in the shed for B, C, D, and E, and trying to get Mike Mancinello to like her. But when the family drops Nana off at the airport for her summer-long trip, everything starts to go downhill. With Nana gone, A is the only one home all day with the little ones. And if her father gets too angry, A won't have Nana to run to for help. Her father seems to be drinking more and his behavior is getting worse and worse. Like when he woke her up in the middle of the night, screaming at her to clean crumbs off the kitchen floor. A swept the floor, but there weren't any crumbs.

No one ever talks about it, but A's father has a problem. And now A's mom is pregnant again after the doctor told her not to have any more. To top it all off, A's best friend Maizey is barely spending any time with her. Aislinn has to figure out how to get her dad to stop drinking before all their lives fall apart. It's going to be a tough summer, but A has big dreams that will pull her through.

–Emily, Scholastic Booktalker

  1. Kate

    i loved this book i total want to read it again it will seam boring but the forther you go into it the better it will get i prommise

  2. eaglenebula3

    you know what I don’t like about the book is it is only for 10 and up.why do they have to put 10 and up and i’m 9 so i can’t read it.It’s like authors and stuff just don’t think that we can’t handle it.but i think that we should be able to read any book we want.

  3. eaglenebula3

    hey do you know what makes me mad.what makes me mad is that people make books that are only for ages 10 and up.why cant authors just make books for everyone.

  4. Keyster

    The book sounds great, I might just have to purchase it. Maybe I’ll ask for it for my birthday!

  5. twistertranquil2

    it sounds really interesting definately checking this out at the libary

  6. sapphiresea4

    I might read this book. I like Coleen Murtaph’s Wedding Planner Series so I might read this one.

  7. AgentApple

    It’s a really good book. Dreamsleeves is actually set back in the 1960s or 1970s. There’s the Vietnam War going on, and the music Aislinn plays is the Beatles and the Brady Bunch and others.

  8. bluemonkey182

    The name A strikes me a little odd, but I can see why now. (abc order). I will for sure request it at the library.

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