Cody and the Fountain of Happiness by Tricia Springstubb is a simple, cheerful summer story.
loves many things, but she may love summer vacation most of all --
except, of course, the part of summer vacation that she spends at camp.
But when camp is canceled unexpectedly, it opens up all kinds of
opportunities for Cody to explore her neighborhood, make new friends,
hypnotize a cat . . .you know, all of those fun summer things. Not
everything turns out quite like she was expecting, but fortunately, Cody
also loves surprises.
While this was an enjoyable read, I didn't quite connect to the characters like I did with this author's earlier works, What Happened on Fox Street and Mo Wren, Lost and Found.
It may just be that this story is aimed at a slightly younger
demographic, so I can see second and third graders, for instance, really
connecting with these characters and enjoying the fairly simple,
episodic plot. The writing is strong and the cast of characters is
diverse, so there's a lot to like about this story.
(Reviewed from an advance copy, courtesy of the publisher, via the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.)