Product Description Read the book that Ali Standish (author of The Ethan I Was Before) calls "a heartwarming story" and Melissa Roske (author of Kat Greene Comes Clean) calls "a joyful, heartfelt debut!" Thirteen-year-old Jamie Bunn made a mistake at the end of the school year. A big one. And every kid in her middle school knows all about it. Now she has to spend her summer vacation volunteering at the local libraryâas punishment. What a waste of a summer! Or so she thinks. A Kind of Paradise isÂ an unforgettable storyÂ about the power of community, the power of the library, and the power of forgiveness. From School Library Journal Gr 4-6-As a consequence for breaking her middle school's honor code, Jamie must volunteer in her local library all summer. Initially disappointed to miss out on her usual poolside summer plans, Jamie eventually develops meaningful relationships with library staff and patrons and feels valued for her work. Tan uses Jamie's first-person narration to illustrate the important role the library plays in the town and slowly reveals the details of the girl's past indiscretions. The frequent back-and-forth between daily activities in the library and Jamie's memories slows the pace, and the secondary characters, seen only through Jamie's eyes, can lack depth. Jamie's own development is the strongest component of the book, and her sense of self as someone who has made a mistake but is also kind and capable will appeal to readers who are growing to see themselves in a similar light. VERDICT Not necessarily a first purchase, but recommended for collections where young readers seek a quiet, nuanced coming-of-age story.-Gesse Stark-Smith, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR?(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Review â[A] heartwarming story of redemption, and a celebration of the power communities have to lift us up, help us heal, and shape our dreams.â (Ali Standish, author of The Ethan I Was Before) âAn unforgettable tale of friendship, self-acceptance, and the redemptive power of forgivenessâall found within the walls of a quirky, small-town library. A joyful, heartfelt debut!â (Melissa Roske, author of Kat Greene Comes Clean) âIf I wasnât already madly in love with that sacred space known as The Public Library, I would be after reading this celebration of the lives of those who enter its open doors and leave changed forever.â (âWendy Mass, NYT bestselling author of Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life) âA warm homage to libraries, the people who work in them, and their power to affect peopleâs lives....A charming book.â ( Kirkus Reviews) âThis middle-grade debut is a heartfelt but quiet love letter to libraries, and a book for book-lovers.â (ALA Booklist) âA good-natured debut that will appeal to young lovers of books and libraries.â ( Publishers Weekly) About the Author Amy Rebecca Tan is the author of A Kind of Paradise and Summer at Meadow Wood.Â She currently works in a public library and an independent bookstore. Amy lives in New Jersey with her family. You can visit her online at www.amyrebeccatan.com.