Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Leila Howland
The Silver Moon of Summer by Leila Howland is the third book in the Silver Sisters Series. The sisters are back in Pruet again this summer for two weeks. The town's tricentennial is about to take place, along with the filming of a TV show at the docks. The sisters are all incredibly busy with the town. Marigold is volunteering as an assistant for the tricentennial, Zennie is trying to find eight adventures in two weeks, and Lily is gone every day to the Young Naturalists camp. Throughout the story, the girls try not to argue, but inevitably face a lot of tension. A new girl named Chloe is going to Marigold's new school in the fall, but she is more interested in being friends with Zennie. Tensions escalate even more as both Marigold and Zennie are experiencing the anxieties of young love. In the end, the sisters come together to make a great performance for the town's tricentennial.
This story is a good summer read, but is not a gripping novel. Marigold is going through the "phase" that a young girl goes through in which she is simply annoying all the time. While it was accurate, it wasn't enjoyable to read. She also seems more immature compared to Zennie, who has the work ethic and even-tempered personality of someone much older. Meanwhile, Lily isn't even much of a character. She is gone all day, and basically only shows up to remind the older two siblings to not argue. This story is charming in the way that the girls go about their daily lives, however it seemed unrealistic considering that they are allowed to do whatever they want and go wherever they want without supervision. Similarly, the story was almost unrealistic in the time frame. While the story is charming and can show the accuracy of emotional growing pains, it also is a mildly flawed and occasionally boring narrative.