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Welcome to Dog Beach: The Seagate Summers #1    by Lisa Greenwald order for
Welcome to Dog Beach
by Lisa Greenwald
Order:  USA  Can
Amulet, 2014 (2014)
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* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

For eleven-year-old Remy, there is no greater place on earth than Seagate Island. She's spent all the summers of her life there. She's glad to be back this summer even though she's missing her dog, Danish, who recently passed away.

Every summer she and her friends Macayla and Bennet enjoy their traditions, eat at the same places and relish Seagate Island's yearly activities. Remy appreciates the sameness of the little island, but this year she may have to accept that things change no matter how much she tries to keep them the same. Even her best friends seem to be changing. A set of twins, Calvin and Claire, are visiting their grandfather and are new to the island. They make no secret that Seagate bores them.

Not all the changes are bad. Remy stumbles into a dog sitting business and Macayla and Bennet jump right in to help. Before the summer is over, Remy and Macayla have their first disagreement ever. Remy finds her feelings for Bennett are changing. Bennett on the other hand seems to relish the company of Calvin who is his own age and lives right next door.

Remy tells her story in first person with humor and emotion. Welcome to Dog Beach is a promising start to Greenwald's new series. I'm looking forward to the next book.

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