The Summer of June (Hardcover)
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June Delancey kicks off summer by shaving her head as an act of defiance against her crippling anxiety. However, she quickly loses all self-confidence as summer really starts. With the help of the staff at her mother's library and a little garden therapy, she strives to learn how to thrive with her anxiety.— Madeline
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.
— Kirkus Reviews
"With a sensitive hand, Sumner offers a realistic portrayal of how those around you, therapy, and medication can all work together to help an anxious mind. . . A needed, hopeful book for middle-grade readers on friendship, mental health, and acceptance."
"In a love letter to libraries told in June’s thoughtful voice, Sumner vividly traces one adolescent’s anxiety and its attendant difficulties."
— Publishers Weekly