To Night Owl From Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer
Another middle grade novel to recommend for your summer reading pleasure. It’s perfect for my family: both Meghan and I (Ruth here) love Meg Wolitzer’s novels (especially The Interestings and The Wife. This is her first foray into writing for teens and tweens, and she and her co-author are superb writers who really connect across the ages. Also, last summer, our family dipped into the past with watching both versions of the movie The Parent Trap. I loved it as a teen myself (the Hayley Mills version), and the twins really enjoyed the Lindsey Lohan movie from the 1990’s. Well, To Night Owl from Dogfish plays on the “parent trap” theme a bit. Only this time, two twelve-year old girls are being sent to summer camp by their Dads who have fallen in love and want the girls to meet and become friends. Instead of plotting to get their parents back together, as Hayley Mills and Lindsey Lohan tried to do, these girls decide they must find a way to break their Dads up. . .at least at first. The book is entirely composed of texts, emails and letters, and I love the distinct voices of all the characters that come through their written words. The girls, of course become fast friends in spite of themselves, and when their Dads do split up, Avery and Bett’s plans take off in new directions. The book explores family, friendship, bravery, courage, and is never predictable (unlike The Parents Trap!). Meghan and I both really enjoyed it and are waiting for Molly to dig in and let us know her take on it. We’ll keep you posted!