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Vikki VanSickle
Summer Days, Starry Nights



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It's 1962 and fourteen-year-old Reenie Starr knows nothing about rock n' roll. All she knows and cares about is her family's summer resort, Sandy Shores. Nestled by a calm lake with sandy beaches and a roomy old lodge, there is no place on earth that Reenie loves more. But lately life at Sandy Shores has been less than idyllic. Her glamourus but troubled mother Mimi is becoming increasingly withdrawn, big brother and budding musician Bo keeps shirking his duties to sneak out with his band, and worst of all, fewer guests are spending their summers at the resort. Convinced that Sandy Shores is in need of a modern makeover, Mimi invites Gwen Cates, a wild and reckless young ballerina, to come teach dance for a summer, hoping to bring in a younger clientele. Reenie is fascinated by Gwen's racy, exciting life in the city and her big dreams of becoming a singer in a girl band. Soon the two are inseparable, spending hours listening to records and perfecting dance steps on the beach. But Gwen has secrets of her own, and when the truth comes to the surface one fateful summer night, Reenie will question everything she thought she knew about love, loyalty, and family.


Praise for Vikki VanSickle's Summer Days, Starry Nights:

Starred selection, CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens (2013)
OLA Best Bet (2013)
Finalist, Red Maple Awards (2015)

"Summer Days, Starry Nights is a love letter to summer, the 1960s, and the decade's music . . . Through Reenie's innocent eyes, author Vikki VanSickle beautifully captures the novel's time and place. Reenie's affection for Sandy Shores shines through the lush descriptions of the resort and its surroundings. It's hard not to fall in love with Reenie's favourite place. And it's just as hard not to fall in love with Reenie." —Quill & Quire

"Summer Days, Starry Nights examines the delicate balance between individuality and preserving our sense of home." —National Post

“VanSickle taps into ’60s culture lightly and effectively, celebrating the bodily freedom of dance while she tracks Reenie’s developing self-knowledge and comfort with her small town, family resort setting. Not everyone has to leave for the city at the end of August, she seems to say in this comfortable, end-of-summer read.” —The Toronto Star

“Vikki VanSickle pens a story that is like a classic rock-and-roll song: there is a familiarity to its melody . . . it is a pleasing sound that resonates with all. Summer Days, Starry Nights is sure to be a summer hit” —Can Lit for Little Canadians

“Vikki ably paces her story — mysteries unfold, friendships blossom, and as the stakes are raised on the action, the suspense builds to a satisfying climax and big reveal . . . A dramatic revelation, well developed characters, and natural dialogue all combine to create an engaging summer read . . .  its old-fashioned charm will entertain older readers who remember sitting on the front porch with a glass of lemonade and the latest Trixie Belden or Judy Blume novel.” —Your Hidden Shelf


Praise for Vikki VanSickle's Love Is a Four-Letter Word:

Selection, CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens (2012)

"Humorous and poignant all at once." —Resource Links

"This book expertly portrays the emotional frenzy of early adolescence. This is a sweet and sensitive story that is perfect for any middle school or junior high aged girl." —Canadian Children's Book News

"Like Words That Start with B, Love Is a Four-Letter Word continues to provide an honest outlook of a pre-teen figuring out her relationships and the world around her." —CM Magazine


Length: 240 pp
Setting: Small town Canada
Genre: Middle grade fiction
Period: 1962
Publication Date: June 1, 2013

Canada English rights, Scholastic Canada
North America French rights, Scholastic Canada


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Vikki VanSickle

Vikki VanSickle has a BA (Hons) in Drama from Queen's University and an MA in Children's Literature from the University of British Columbia. She is an active member of the children's literature community, presenting at academic conferences, reviewing books, and managing her popular children's lit blog, pipedreaming. A former CBA award-winning bookseller, she currently splits her time between working as the Marketing and Publicity Manager for Young Readers at Penguin Canada and writing.