Sand Dollar Summer is by Kimberly K. Jones. Lise is twelve, she lives with her mom and her younger brother who doesn't talk. Her dad left long ago, but everything is going well until their mother is badly injured in a car accident. Lise, Free, and their mother go to live in an old house on a remote Maine beach for the summer so her mother can recuperate. Free and her mother love the ocean, but Lise is afraid. It's just so big! As the summer drags on Lise learns lessons about herself and overcomes her fear. A charming story for girls.
Ratings: 6th grade - 8 out of 10.