Eleven Kids, One Summer (An Apple Paperback)

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9780590459174: Eleven Kids, One Summer (An Apple Paperback)

The huge Rosso family--eleven family members in all--decides to take a vacation, and what follows is a chaotic and loving adventure. Reprint.

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From School Library Journal:

Grade 3-5-- The signs of formulaic contemporary sit-com fiction are in abundance in this sequel to Ten Kids, No Pets (Holiday, 1988). The 11 Rosso children's summer at Fire Island is filled with so many choppy family happenings and so many people that only the surface is available to readers. Plot wins out over style, and sometimes the pace and content strain credibility. In oldest child Abigail's chapter, she sets out to meet people and literally bumps into two girls and a boy who is a movie star. "The longer they talked, the more relaxed Abbie felt, and the more Justin really did seem like just a regular guy . . . She'd been on Fire Island for just two and a half hours, and already she'd made three friends. She belonged." Martin tucks in animal-rights issues and Lyme disease, a mystery, practical jokes, and a couple of bullies to make the summer complete. In spite of all these obstacles, the caring of the children for each other comes through, as does the love and good humor of their parents. But for a much better story about a large family who spends the summer on an island, try Gilbreth's Cheaper by the Dozen (Crowell, 1963), a true story about a Nantucket vacation a long time ago. --Carolyn Jenks, formerly at Oyster River Elementary School, Durham, NH
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews:

An episodic story uniting the big, alphabetically named family in Ten Kids, No Pets (1988) with the leads from Just a Summer Romance (1987). The Rossos are looking forward to their summer rental on Fire Island--a rambling old house on the beach. Abbie, the responsible eldest, is the focus of the first chapter as she worries about the complications of train travel with so many kids. In the ten subsequent chapters, each of the others takes center stage--little number ten, Janthina, gets a makeover on a movie set; solitary Calandra hopes and fears that the house next door is haunted; Ira seems to have Lyme disease, but quickly recovers; Faustine becomes a vegetarian and tries to convert her family--with the result that, though the chapters aren't independent stories, the characters perform so briefly that there's little chance to know them. Meanwhile, the hustle and bustle of a large family and its many interconnections are glimpsed but not really explored, despite an overabundance of details of daily life. The children do have walk-on roles in each other's stories, thus tidying up loose ends from their own. Easily read fare, sure to please fans of Martin's popular ``Babysitters'' books. (Fiction. 8-12) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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