Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer Dealing with Two Moms
Looking for a book for eight-to-ten year olds that deals with the whole two-mom/two-dad issue? Kids in that situation need to know there are others like them. Kids not in that situation need to know life in those households are ordinary. My Mixed Up Berry Blue Summer by Jennifer Gennari is a contemporary story that fits the bill.
Written from the perspective of an articulate pre-teen narrator, June, this story takes readers along on a summer adventure that consists of finding the perfect combination of berries for an award-winning berry pie and dealing with her two moms' upcoming wedding.
The story includes political issues in the form of neighbors who post bumper stickers touting the different sides of the gay marriage debate. As a grown-up, I don't know if kids really care that much about the bigger statewide debates. I tend to think kids mostly only care abouat the issues on a personal level. In that way I wonder if the book travels too deeply into "agenda" land, where it should have stayed in "indivdual example" land. But I'm not sure, kids who really want to read about a girl with two moms may be fine with it.
We can't be too picky, there aren't many books like this out there. There should be more contemporary fiction middle grade books in this category.