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A middle grade book about a young girl who sets out to overcome her anxiety over the course of one life-changing summer. Twelve-year-old June Delancey is kicking summer off with a bang. She shaves her head and sets two goals: she will beat her anxiety and be the lion she knows she can be, instead of the mouse everyone sees. And she and her single mama will own their power a A middle grade book about a young girl who sets out to overcome her anxiety over the course of one life-changing summer. Twelve-year-old June Delancey is kicking summer off with a bang. She shaves her head and sets two goals: she will beat her anxiety and be the lion she knows she can be, instead of the mouse everyone sees. And she and her single mama will own their power as fierce, independent females. With the help of Homer Juarez, the poetry-citing soccer star who believes in June even when she doesn’t believe in herself, she starts a secret library garden and hatches a plan to make her dreams come true. But when her anxiety becomes too much, everything begins to fall apart. It’s going to take more than a haircut and some flowers to set things right. It’s going to take courage and friends and watermelon pie. Forget second chances. This is the summer of new beginnings.


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A middle grade book about a young girl who sets out to overcome her anxiety over the course of one life-changing summer. Twelve-year-old June Delancey is kicking summer off with a bang. She shaves her head and sets two goals: she will beat her anxiety and be the lion she knows she can be, instead of the mouse everyone sees. And she and her single mama will own their power a A middle grade book about a young girl who sets out to overcome her anxiety over the course of one life-changing summer. Twelve-year-old June Delancey is kicking summer off with a bang. She shaves her head and sets two goals: she will beat her anxiety and be the lion she knows she can be, instead of the mouse everyone sees. And she and her single mama will own their power as fierce, independent females. With the help of Homer Juarez, the poetry-citing soccer star who believes in June even when she doesn’t believe in herself, she starts a secret library garden and hatches a plan to make her dreams come true. But when her anxiety becomes too much, everything begins to fall apart. It’s going to take more than a haircut and some flowers to set things right. It’s going to take courage and friends and watermelon pie. Forget second chances. This is the summer of new beginnings.

30 review for The Summer of June

  1. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    This is a book that I am going to be recommending to my library friends all summer long. Love that yellow cover with the Black-eyed Susans and that lion of a girl? The book inside is all of that and more. June and her mother work with a therapist to help June manage her anxiety. To keep herself from pulling out her hair, June cuts it all off. Her mom does the same for Team June. Will that drastic change help June to conquer her anxiety by the end of the summer? Maybe an electric blue wig will be This is a book that I am going to be recommending to my library friends all summer long. Love that yellow cover with the Black-eyed Susans and that lion of a girl? The book inside is all of that and more. June and her mother work with a therapist to help June manage her anxiety. To keep herself from pulling out her hair, June cuts it all off. Her mom does the same for Team June. Will that drastic change help June to conquer her anxiety by the end of the summer? Maybe an electric blue wig will be the gamechanger? Then there is that boy named Homer who quotes poetry to her and wants to learn to play chess. This book is truly a delight and it is clear that Jamie Sumner knows exactly what it is like to have anxious thought patterns that make a kid or adult feel trapped. Filled with super book recommendations, yummy baked goods, and beautiful flowers; this is a must read for your summer. Thank you to Atheneum Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss+ for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    TL

    Won 🏆 this via goodreads giveaways. All my opinions are my own. --- Me now and my younger self feel seen by this book 📖. While I'm glad these books are out now and will help people, I can't help wishing for something like this when I was growing up. I would have felt better about myself and understood more..and maybe gotten help sooner. Thank you author and publisher for bringing this into the world 🌎. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️ I didn't have the same experiences as the main character but so many things rang true f Won 🏆 this via goodreads giveaways. All my opinions are my own. --- Me now and my younger self feel seen by this book 📖. While I'm glad these books are out now and will help people, I can't help wishing for something like this when I was growing up. I would have felt better about myself and understood more..and maybe gotten help sooner. Thank you author and publisher for bringing this into the world 🌎. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️ I didn't have the same experiences as the main character but so many things rang true for me and pinpointed exactly how I felt but couldn't put into words why I felt that way. I was always told don't worry/calm down/don't take this personally and the like.. part of me wondered if I was broken in some way. My sister-in-everything-but blood told me that she knew something was going on with me when I was younger but she didn't have the words for it till she was older herself validated it more for me. Same as when I discovered I was aromatic asexual, knowing that "anxiety" was what was going on with me was a relief in a way and so many pieces fell into place...particularly with one thing that happened when I was younger. If I could go back in time and talk to my younger self and my parents.... I wanted to hug June for many different reasons over the course of this and I was so proud how she grew over the course of the story. This book should definitely be in every home/library/school library. Side note: I want to try her mom's food, it all sounded so yummy 😋 😍

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss June and her mother have always been a team. Her father was never involved, and there have been a couple of boyfriends, including a violent one who caused them to leave New Orleans and end up in a suburb of Nashville. They have a small home, and the mother works at the local library as the head of teen services. As summer approaches, June wants to make a change and get her anxiety under control, and starts by shaving her head so that she won't be able to pull out her h E ARC provided by Edelweiss June and her mother have always been a team. Her father was never involved, and there have been a couple of boyfriends, including a violent one who caused them to leave New Orleans and end up in a suburb of Nashville. They have a small home, and the mother works at the local library as the head of teen services. As summer approaches, June wants to make a change and get her anxiety under control, and starts by shaving her head so that she won't be able to pull out her hair when she is stressed. Her mother, ever supportive, shaves her head as well, which doesn't go over well with Ms. Tandy, her boss. June often comes to the library with her mother and helps out with a variety of tasks, and finds this to be calming and safe, so when a boy her age, Homer Juarez, starts showing up and showing an interest in her, this feels vaguely threatening. So does the appearance of Sam, a library computer tech person who shows an interest in her mother, but reminds her of the violent boyfriend. June also meets Luis, an older man who is interested in gardening, and Nix, an older woman who helps with the library programming. When June overhears girls from her school who have given her problems discussing how cute Hector is, and finds out that he attends a local private school, she doubts his motivations in hanging out with her and is surprised when he invites her and her mother to dinner. His mother teaches at the community college, and his father teaches at the private school, which is the only way they can afford the tuition. Daniel, a coworker of Hector's mother, is also at the dinner, and June decides he would make a much better boyfriend than Sam, so tries to arrange meetings with her mother. When Ms. Tandy gets angry about plants inside the library and throws them out, June and Hector start a secret garden with them on a hidden corner of library property with Luis' help. Even though she has been in therapy for a while, and has had limited success with several different medications, dealing with her anxiety is an ongoing process, and June still struggles to navigate it, even though she is determined to "fix herself". How will she deal with the changes in her world? Strengths: Since returning from the pandemic, my students have all been making interesting fashion statements, so they won't even blink at June's new hair do. It's good that she has supportive people around her, especially her mother, who is doing everything she can to allay June's anxiety and making sure that she gets help in dealing with it productively. The issues with the different boyfriends are dealt with realistically, and Sam seems like a really great guy, even though June doesn't react well to him. Homer is a great kid, and his interest in June is very sweet. The library sounds like such a fun place to work, even with Ms. Tandy in charge, and it's great that June is allowed to come with her mother to work. Too bad it's not the same library where Drew comes to work with his mother in Bishop's The Things You Can't Say! There's a nice twist at the end with the mother's employment. Weaknesses: While the reason for Ms. Tandy's difficult behavior is explained late in the book, I didn't appreciate that it was so deeply attached to her "old lady smell" and expectations of professional performance. June's mother doesn't have a library degree, but is the best teen librarian they've ever had? Perhaps the most worrisome aspect of Ms. Tandy is her hiring practices? It just felt a little personal and... insulting. You can be a good librarian and be older and dress professionally. At least this stopped short of putting her in embroidered sweatshirts and making fun of them. What I really think: This is similar enough to this author's Tune it Out, One Kid's Trash, and Roll With It that fans will be glad to read it, and is a bit like a mash up between Tan's A Kind of Paradise (spending a lot of time in a library) and Yeh's The Way to Bea (navigating anxiety).

  4. 4 out of 5

    Candice

    This is the best book I’ve read in a long time. Maybe it’s because I can really relate to it. Anxiety is a fickle monster rearing it’s head when you least expect it and beg it not to. It’s always at the worst times. June’s story is one of the most important stories I’ve read for middle grade students (and adults) ever. It encompasses anxiety like someone who truly understands and that is something hard to accept if you don’t know it personally. With that, June is starting the summer with the goa This is the best book I’ve read in a long time. Maybe it’s because I can really relate to it. Anxiety is a fickle monster rearing it’s head when you least expect it and beg it not to. It’s always at the worst times. June’s story is one of the most important stories I’ve read for middle grade students (and adults) ever. It encompasses anxiety like someone who truly understands and that is something hard to accept if you don’t know it personally. With that, June is starting the summer with the goal of conquering her anxiety and being “a Lion”. Unexpectedly and invited a new person inserts himself into her life and she constantly worries about this too. However, every time she makes a step forward she feels like she goes backward too. She is determined to make hers and her moms dreams come true this summer, but to do this, she has to let people that care in and learn to calm her anxiety. This book is incredible. It’s powerful. It’s raw. It’s truthful. I feel like Jamie Sumner is writing to me in this story. It needs to be loved and shared. It needs to be in all libraries and speaking of, that’s another similarity as I’m a school librarian. Thank you Jamie for sharing this book with me and with #BookPosse. It has truly changed my life.

  5. 4 out of 5

    kate ♥

    this cover is so bright and gorgeous! i'm super excited to read a middle grade tackling anxiety. and a secret library garden?! oooooh yes. this cover is so bright and gorgeous! i'm super excited to read a middle grade tackling anxiety. and a secret library garden?! oooooh yes.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    June decides to shave her head as a way to help cope with her severe anxiety. The daughter of a single mother who always seems to have a revolving door of not great boyfriends, June has developed a habit of pulling out her hair (a condition called trichotillomania or ‘trich’). It’s gotten so bad she even makes herself bleed. Sick of being the weird kid, June wants a new start for her and her mom and finds solace with a new friend and the garden she starts outside the library where her mom works. June decides to shave her head as a way to help cope with her severe anxiety. The daughter of a single mother who always seems to have a revolving door of not great boyfriends, June has developed a habit of pulling out her hair (a condition called trichotillomania or ‘trich’). It’s gotten so bad she even makes herself bleed. Sick of being the weird kid, June wants a new start for her and her mom and finds solace with a new friend and the garden she starts outside the library where her mom works. Full of AMAZING mental health rep, a beautiful mother-daughter relationship and book and plant loving friends. I sped through this book and HIGHLY recommend it, especially for fans of Fight + flight by Jules Machias or Quack by Anna Humphrey.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Vee_Bookish

    Anxiety rep! "With the help of Homer Juarez, the poetry-citing soccer star who believes in June even when she doesn’t believe in herself, she starts a secret library garden and hatches a plan to make her dreams come true. But when her anxiety becomes too much, everything begins to fall apart." Anxiety rep! "With the help of Homer Juarez, the poetry-citing soccer star who believes in June even when she doesn’t believe in herself, she starts a secret library garden and hatches a plan to make her dreams come true. But when her anxiety becomes too much, everything begins to fall apart."

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the eARC. Honest, heartbreaking, and hopeful all at once. June is like a breath of fresh air and so many young readers will relate on so many levels to this brave, amazing girl. I could not put this story down. On a personal note, my oldest also deals with anxiety and this book gave me a window into what she lives. Thank you Jamie for helping me to understand her just a little more.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sacha

    3.5 stars _The Summer of June_ marks another hit for Jamie Sumner. June, the m.c. of this contemporary middle grade effort, is a precocious character whose close relationship to her single mom initially seems like the only tool she might have for combatting her looming nemesis: anxiety. Fortunately, June's circle only expands; her demonstrations of growth and triumph follow suit. There are some intense but age-appropriate scenes describing June's thoughts and actions, and I expect these moments 3.5 stars _The Summer of June_ marks another hit for Jamie Sumner. June, the m.c. of this contemporary middle grade effort, is a precocious character whose close relationship to her single mom initially seems like the only tool she might have for combatting her looming nemesis: anxiety. Fortunately, June's circle only expands; her demonstrations of growth and triumph follow suit. There are some intense but age-appropriate scenes describing June's thoughts and actions, and I expect these moments will make June an essential mirror and window for so many young readers. After all, with the state of the world today, how can kids (or actually all people) be anything BUT anxious? For those like June, who has a therapist and medication for this purpose, it'll be especially validating to know about her experiences and successes. I enjoyed the read overall and really appreciate the representation here, but this novel feels a bit light on character development and plotting compared to Sumner's previous works. I'll still be recommending it to my college students and hoping that many of them will find a dash of hope in June's story, too. We can all take _The Summer of June_ over our actual summer of horror any day. *Special thanks to NetGalley and Atheneum Books for Young Readers for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Dulaney

    It’s the start of summer and June decides that shaving her head is the right move, and her mom does it, too! But when the choice is between pulling it out in clumps and leaving sores or getting rid of it all, it really does seem the right thing to do. And June’s mom has always been there, supporting her, helping her to find a way through the overwhelming anxiety that threatens to suffocate her at times. Will this be the summer that she finally conquers the worries that make normal social interac It’s the start of summer and June decides that shaving her head is the right move, and her mom does it, too! But when the choice is between pulling it out in clumps and leaving sores or getting rid of it all, it really does seem the right thing to do. And June’s mom has always been there, supporting her, helping her to find a way through the overwhelming anxiety that threatens to suffocate her at times. Will this be the summer that she finally conquers the worries that make normal social interactions send her to stall #3 to hide out? Will this boy who hangs out in the library and loves poetry want to stay her friend when she picks at her cuticles til they bleed and runs blindly when the commotion of a parade becomes too much? Jamie Sumner’s June is a model for all middle grade students, those who suffer from panic attacks and anxiety issues and those who are just dealing with all the usual social, academic, and family things that are universal to us all. Highly recommended for libraries of all those in grades 4-7. Text is free of profanity, sexual content, and violence. Thanks for the arc, Jamie Sumner and Simon & Schuster.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Katie Reilley

    I’m so grateful for authors who write middle grade books that help open the door for discussion on kids’ mental health. June has decided that this is the summer that she’ll beat her anxiety, turning herself from the mouse everyone else sees into the lion she knows she is. She begins by shaving her head…and immediately regrets her decision. With a cast of incredible characters, including June’s encouraging mom, friends from the library where her mom works, a poetry-reciting kid named Homer, and h I’m so grateful for authors who write middle grade books that help open the door for discussion on kids’ mental health. June has decided that this is the summer that she’ll beat her anxiety, turning herself from the mouse everyone else sees into the lion she knows she is. She begins by shaving her head…and immediately regrets her decision. With a cast of incredible characters, including June’s encouraging mom, friends from the library where her mom works, a poetry-reciting kid named Homer, and her therapist Gina, June learns to trust her support system when the whatifs come calling. An excellent middle grade novel full of hope and bravery. What I loved: - the normalization of a child seeking mental health supports - the fondness of the library, its program, its people…the sense of community Out now. Highly recommend.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mallaree

    Who am I reading and enjoying juvenile fiction?! As my favorite book podcast says, reader know thyself and this book was just right for me. June starts off her summer by shaving her head and telling herself she’s going to kick this anxiety that controls her. Her mother, the young adult librarian, is her constant but June soon finds comfort in plants. She opens herself up to new relationships, and takes the advice from her therapist to accept the anxiety and learn to live with it. I really loved Who am I reading and enjoying juvenile fiction?! As my favorite book podcast says, reader know thyself and this book was just right for me. June starts off her summer by shaving her head and telling herself she’s going to kick this anxiety that controls her. Her mother, the young adult librarian, is her constant but June soon finds comfort in plants. She opens herself up to new relationships, and takes the advice from her therapist to accept the anxiety and learn to live with it. I really loved this one. June is a 11 year old character but even as a 32 year old woman I really connected with her. She was worried, anxious, and scared. I feel all of those things almost daily. I recommended this one to my 11 year old niece and I think it would be a great read for anyone who has ever had anxiety or worry.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Eder

    This was cute. It was fine. A veeerrryyy easy read so it got boring to me as an adult but a kid would probably love it. I loved that it discussed some very real mental health concerns like hair pulling and anxiety attacks. I love that it mostly took place in a library. And I loved the mother daughter relationship! I would recommend this to anyone 2nd grade or older.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    What a wonderful book! As an adult with an alphabet soup of anxiety disorders, I understood June on a very fundamental level. I'm glad kids today can see characters like this and hopefully not feel so alone. Thank you to Simon & Schuster and Goodreads for the ARC! What a wonderful book! As an adult with an alphabet soup of anxiety disorders, I understood June on a very fundamental level. I'm glad kids today can see characters like this and hopefully not feel so alone. Thank you to Simon & Schuster and Goodreads for the ARC!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    I received this book for free through a Goodreads Giveaway. I keep going back and forth on what to give this book. It was between a 4 and 4.5 star for me but I don't like to give so many 5 star ratings. This really dealt well with the problem of anxiety and had a great group of characters, who I miss now that I am done with the book. It also took place in a library, half the time, which always draws me in. I received this book for free through a Goodreads Giveaway. I keep going back and forth on what to give this book. It was between a 4 and 4.5 star for me but I don't like to give so many 5 star ratings. This really dealt well with the problem of anxiety and had a great group of characters, who I miss now that I am done with the book. It also took place in a library, half the time, which always draws me in.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I had a hard time putting this down! It manages to be hopeful and heartwrenching at the same time. There are just so many good things here- the relationship between June and her mother, the descriptions of June's anxiety, all the unique characters coloring June's summer, June herself. Loved it. I had a hard time putting this down! It manages to be hopeful and heartwrenching at the same time. There are just so many good things here- the relationship between June and her mother, the descriptions of June's anxiety, all the unique characters coloring June's summer, June herself. Loved it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    What I wouldn't give to have had this book as a kid. June is a girl desperate to no longer be "broken" by her anxiety anymore. A sweet story involving intergenerational friendships, single parenthood, therapy, and lots of bravery. Thanks to Netgalley and Atheneum Books for Young Readers for an early read! What I wouldn't give to have had this book as a kid. June is a girl desperate to no longer be "broken" by her anxiety anymore. A sweet story involving intergenerational friendships, single parenthood, therapy, and lots of bravery. Thanks to Netgalley and Atheneum Books for Young Readers for an early read!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kellye Crocker

    When 12-year-old June shaves her head on the first day of summer break, she has two goals: 1) She will stop pulling out her own hair, and 2) She and her single mom—recently dumped by her boyfriend—will own their power as fierce, independent females. If only June could ditch her worries as easily as her hair. Her anxious thoughts make her head itch. Scratching is a temporary relief, causing the itch to spread until she’s compelled to yank out strands of hair. It hurts, June says, but it’s also sat When 12-year-old June shaves her head on the first day of summer break, she has two goals: 1) She will stop pulling out her own hair, and 2) She and her single mom—recently dumped by her boyfriend—will own their power as fierce, independent females. If only June could ditch her worries as easily as her hair. Her anxious thoughts make her head itch. Scratching is a temporary relief, causing the itch to spread until she’s compelled to yank out strands of hair. It hurts, June says, but it’s also satisfying. Each plucked hair seems to take a bit of worry with it. June’s mom oversees the town library’s teen department, and, now that it’s summer, June joins her there. June helps her mom and their friend, the children’s librarian, with various tasks and slips away as needed for quiet, alone time. Slowly, June gets to know other library regulars, including Luis, a widower who is a gardening pro, and Homer Juarez, a dreamy poet and school soccer star who wants her to teach him chess. The summer also offers June a lesson in library politics. When her mom’s by-the-book boss wrongly believes that plants in the children’s department—a tribute to Miss Rumphius—have damaged a windowsill, she demands the seedlings be thrown out. June and Homer rescue the plant babies and, with guidance from Luis, start a secret garden behind the library. Soon, June discovers the soul-soothing pleasures of digging in soil, smelling lavender, and harvesting a home-grown tomato. As the story progresses, June’s circle widens beyond her loving mom and caring therapist to include a diverse, well-rounded cast of characters. They appreciate June for all that she is—smart, tender-hearted, funny, and brave—and they continue supporting her after a devastating incident plunges June into depression. The ending—triumphant, realistic, and hopeful—brought tears to my eyes. Young readers will relate to and appreciate this visceral, deeply moving exploration of one girl’s anxiety and the power of community. Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of the novel from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased opinion. I don’t post about books that I don’t finish or don’t like.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shanna

    What a book! I saw this one on our library site and I’ve read the author before, so I thought it would be a good story. Also, it involves a girl who has anxiety. Once again, I’m so glad that books like this exist, where people are represented in all their beautiful, complicated, frustrating, wonderful glory. June is a character I can relate to. She isn’t the most popular girl in school. She’s anxious about lots of things—most of which are out of her control—and she doesn’t want to be a bother to What a book! I saw this one on our library site and I’ve read the author before, so I thought it would be a good story. Also, it involves a girl who has anxiety. Once again, I’m so glad that books like this exist, where people are represented in all their beautiful, complicated, frustrating, wonderful glory. June is a character I can relate to. She isn’t the most popular girl in school. She’s anxious about lots of things—most of which are out of her control—and she doesn’t want to be a bother to her mother, who works hard at the local library. June loves to read and, when she meets Homer, she thinks she won’t like him at all. Who likes a guy who can’t play chess and always recites poetry? June finds herself hanging out with him anyway because she has to see him at her mom’s work. After all, she’s only 11 and can’t stay home all day by herself. At first, June tries to act “normal” around him and others she meets, convincing them (and herself) that she’s fine. But when things get messy, she must find a way to advocate for herself and tell her friends the truth. This book is about finding your place in the world and using your voice to help others—and yourself. It’s also about libraries. And baking. #JamieSumner #TheSummerofJune #Anxiety #Anxietybooks I took away one star because I don’t feel one of the characters was given a proper explanation as to why they are so horrible, even though that explanation does eventually come. There is no excuse for meanness. Otherwise, a great book!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Patti

    This book showed such a realistic portrayal of adolescent anxiety. June was a relatable character, and the way she dealt with her anxiety really made me think about my own tween daughter and how she copes in stressful situations. It's important to pick up on cues and to be empathetic. I worry greatly about the stress we put on kids these days, and how they are expected to deal with complicated situations. I like that June was not talked down to by the adults in her life, and that she had good rol This book showed such a realistic portrayal of adolescent anxiety. June was a relatable character, and the way she dealt with her anxiety really made me think about my own tween daughter and how she copes in stressful situations. It's important to pick up on cues and to be empathetic. I worry greatly about the stress we put on kids these days, and how they are expected to deal with complicated situations. I like that June was not talked down to by the adults in her life, and that she had good role models in her mom, her therapist, and a few others. With her single mom being the YA librarian at their local library, and it being summer break, much of the book takes place in the library. June meets Homer, a boy her age who is at the library everyday, and they become friends. I appreciated the way their friendship developed, and that both of them had things that they were not able to express to others, that they could confide in with each other. Their friendship was built on trust and it was wonderful to see June have a supportive friend her age. I hope that kids who have anxiety take comfort in seeing parts of themselves and their experiences portrayed in contemporary middle grade fiction. It's nice to see therapy being normalized, especially since my own ten year old daughter started therapy earlier this year. Excellent book that I'll be referring to a few of my friends! Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an opportunity to review this digital ARC.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sirah

    On the first day of summer, June shaves her head to prove that she is a lion. For too long, her anxiety has controlled her, making things hard for her single mom, hard for June to make friends, hard to accept the people at the library, hard to stand up to school bullies, and hard to grow. But will one bold move be enough to fix her? The anxiety won't be so easily cowed, but when she rescues a collection of baby plants from a ruthless government employee, June discovers the key to hoping for some On the first day of summer, June shaves her head to prove that she is a lion. For too long, her anxiety has controlled her, making things hard for her single mom, hard for June to make friends, hard to accept the people at the library, hard to stand up to school bullies, and hard to grow. But will one bold move be enough to fix her? The anxiety won't be so easily cowed, but when she rescues a collection of baby plants from a ruthless government employee, June discovers the key to hoping for something bigger than herself. This book was exactly what I needed. I can't tell if I'm too empathetic or if this book is just so well-written, but I found myself pulling out my own hair as I read this book. While this is probably not the desired outcome, I love it when a book moves me to feel something so strongly. The Summer of June is full of believable characters and real concerns. It never oversimplifies or retreats from hard topics, and it never offers pat answers. Because of this, it offers real empathy and hope. I got this one from the library to try it out, but I can't wait to add it to my collection of Jamie Sumner's books in my personal collection. I might also be heading out to buy some wildflower seeds as we speak... ♥

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andrea RBK

    First off, I have to say books like The Summer of June are so, so, so important! This story focuses on June, a 12 year old girl navigating anxiety. She starts her summer off shaving her head. She does this as one of her anxious behaviors is she pulls her hair. She's tired of being judged for this, so she wants this to give her a fresh start and strength to overcome her challenges. Throughout the summer, June does a variety of things to find connection and joy and to just become more comfortable First off, I have to say books like The Summer of June are so, so, so important! This story focuses on June, a 12 year old girl navigating anxiety. She starts her summer off shaving her head. She does this as one of her anxious behaviors is she pulls her hair. She's tired of being judged for this, so she wants this to give her a fresh start and strength to overcome her challenges. Throughout the summer, June does a variety of things to find connection and joy and to just become more comfortable in her own skin! This was a story that was so beautifully told. It took on the topic of mental health in such an authentic and real way, and I love that this is a middle-grade read as this is a story that this age group (and thirtysomethings like me, too) need! Also, June was such a wonderful character to center, and I loved being able to see how her journey unfolded. Thanks to NetGalley for the early look at this upcoming release!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Emily Bush

    The Summer of June is another amazing book by Jamie Sumner! June has anxiety and starts the summer by shaving her head to give herself a fresh start, be courageous, and put on a brave front. Only, she finds out that might not be exactly what she wanted. June spends the summer at the public library where her mom works. She meets Homer, a boy that recites poetry. June isn’t sure what to think of him at first, or whether to let him into her real world of anxiety. During the summer, they become frie The Summer of June is another amazing book by Jamie Sumner! June has anxiety and starts the summer by shaving her head to give herself a fresh start, be courageous, and put on a brave front. Only, she finds out that might not be exactly what she wanted. June spends the summer at the public library where her mom works. She meets Homer, a boy that recites poetry. June isn’t sure what to think of him at first, or whether to let him into her real world of anxiety. During the summer, they become friends and each begin to see the other person as they really are. Jamie Sumner does a great job discussing anxiety and showing what it’s really like living with it. June is a brave character who realizes she can learn to live with her anxiety if she will let her friends in to help her. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance copy.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    Mornings are good. But nights have a never ending feel to them that sits heavy on my chest. It's like the sun might never come up again. Like gravity changes and the world and everything in it sag around the edges. Life should be like Mom's baking. Follow the recipe perfectly and you create perfection. Or like chess. Memorize the rules and the moves and practice enough and you can beat anyone. But it feels more like my yellow plant. There's no reason why it didn't grow like the rest and this mor Mornings are good. But nights have a never ending feel to them that sits heavy on my chest. It's like the sun might never come up again. Like gravity changes and the world and everything in it sag around the edges. Life should be like Mom's baking. Follow the recipe perfectly and you create perfection. Or like chess. Memorize the rules and the moves and practice enough and you can beat anyone. But it feels more like my yellow plant. There's no reason why it didn't grow like the rest and this morning it looked even weaker and yellower than before. Sometimes you can do everything right and its still not enough. None of us can know what's to come or how to control it when it does. All we can do is to learn how to live in the moment as best we can.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    How I loved this book! June has anxiety, but not your everyday kind- hers is at another level. We see students like June all the time in elementary school starting as young as Kindergarten. The sucking on the front of their shirt until it’s drenched with saliva, the pulling of the eyebrows and hair leaving bald spots, the biting of cuticles until bleeding…and so much more. These kids need to know they are not alone, they are not the only one. This book does that. Order it for you classroom libra How I loved this book! June has anxiety, but not your everyday kind- hers is at another level. We see students like June all the time in elementary school starting as young as Kindergarten. The sucking on the front of their shirt until it’s drenched with saliva, the pulling of the eyebrows and hair leaving bald spots, the biting of cuticles until bleeding…and so much more. These kids need to know they are not alone, they are not the only one. This book does that. Order it for you classroom library. Get it for your school library. It’s an important book with an important message.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Twelve-year-old June and her mother have recently moved to Nashville. As summer starts, June is thinking a lot about her anxiety and how she can overcome it. She spends a lot of time at the library where her mother works and she meets a boy her age there, but the idea of forming a friendship with him causes more anxious feelings. As June navigates relationships she learns about self-acceptance. Many readers will be able to relate to June and appreciate knowing that others experience anxiety, too Twelve-year-old June and her mother have recently moved to Nashville. As summer starts, June is thinking a lot about her anxiety and how she can overcome it. She spends a lot of time at the library where her mother works and she meets a boy her age there, but the idea of forming a friendship with him causes more anxious feelings. As June navigates relationships she learns about self-acceptance. Many readers will be able to relate to June and appreciate knowing that others experience anxiety, too.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    A beautiful coming of age story about one summer where June decides she wants to take back her life and make herself "better". This gave me a much better understanding of what it would be like for a child living with extreme anxiety. I loved it so much, I wish it were longer! However, I know I am an adult reading a middle grade book, and having raised four middle grade students and currently struggling with my fifth, I realize that attention spans tend to wane when a book is too long. I loved thi A beautiful coming of age story about one summer where June decides she wants to take back her life and make herself "better". This gave me a much better understanding of what it would be like for a child living with extreme anxiety. I loved it so much, I wish it were longer! However, I know I am an adult reading a middle grade book, and having raised four middle grade students and currently struggling with my fifth, I realize that attention spans tend to wane when a book is too long. I loved this book so much that I have requested Ms. Sumner's other three books from my library.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    I really liked this sweet book and all the characters. June and her mom, a great librarian, make a strong team as they deal with June's anxiety. To me, that was the strongest aspect of this book--a real look at the kinds of mental health issues our kids are dealing with. I'm excited to get this book into the hands of my middle schoolers, and I'll be sure to let our counselors know about it, too. I really liked this sweet book and all the characters. June and her mom, a great librarian, make a strong team as they deal with June's anxiety. To me, that was the strongest aspect of this book--a real look at the kinds of mental health issues our kids are dealing with. I'm excited to get this book into the hands of my middle schoolers, and I'll be sure to let our counselors know about it, too.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Simpson

    June shows us how dealing with anxiety can affect our lives in big ways. June is a likable character who you will want to root for, as she faces challenges. She has a great relationship with her mom and strives to overcome her fears and worries, but sometimes circumstances overpower her. She is resilient though, and keeps coming back and working to be strong as she makes a new friend and fights for an important cause. *Early digital review copy from NetGalley.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Suzy

    What can I say about June? Oh so many things! I loved June and felt for her so very much. She is a beautiful character who deals with anxiety and wants to be "cured". As the summer goes on she makes new friendships and finds new ways of coping with her anxiety instead of trying to be cured. This is a beautiful book, about anxiety, family, friendships, and growth. Thank you NetGalley for this ARC! What can I say about June? Oh so many things! I loved June and felt for her so very much. She is a beautiful character who deals with anxiety and wants to be "cured". As the summer goes on she makes new friendships and finds new ways of coping with her anxiety instead of trying to be cured. This is a beautiful book, about anxiety, family, friendships, and growth. Thank you NetGalley for this ARC!

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