I loved this book! A Summer of Sundays is told through the voice of Sunday, the middle child of six, who feels overlooked, forgotten about, and unimportant. All Sunday wants is to do something important and be recognized for it. But with five other kids in the family, that won’t be likely.
Because of her dad’s work, her family moves to a small town for the summer to renovate the library. One day, in the basement of the library, Sunday discovers a metal box holding a stack of letters and a manuscript. Could it be another novel of Wren Lee, the reclusive author of the town?
A Summer of Sundays realistically portrays that desire each child has to (find) and solve a mystery. Sibling relations, new friendships and the “squirrel eating” neighbor make up the dynamics of the story.
Quite explicitly evoking Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird (but for a younger audience), A Summer of Sundays also deals with the dilemma of exposing someone to the eye of the public. Just as in To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout realizes that exposing Boo Radley to the town is akin to shooting a mockingbird, Sunday also must decide if she is willing to take away the privacy of their neighbor, for whom the letters and manuscript mean a great deal.
A Summer of Sundays is very enjoyable with a realistic and likeable family and an age-appropriate problem to solve.
Originally reviewed for www.GoodReadingGuide.com
Kathleen Pacious is currently undertaking a PhD in English at the National University of Ireland, Galway.