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Second Dad Summer

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Jeremiah just wants to enjoy the summer with his dad but has a hard time adjusting to his new stepdad who constantly embarrasses him.
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The main character of this book had to deal with a lot of changes in his life—still dealing with his parents' divorce and living in a different city over the summers, now he has to make new friends, handle a grumpy new neighbor, find things to do while his dad is at work, and somehow deal with his dad's extremely embarrassing boyfriend. All of this is tackled with care, appropriately for the intended agegroup and kept interesting, without dumbing anything down.
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This book leaves you wanting more. I loved every bit of this book. It had everything you need for a great middle grade book diversity, inclusion, love, friendship, family bonding, death, acceptance, and much more. There are multiple characters in this story that are really well written. The story is about Jeremiah finding acceptance and redeveloping his bond with his father and his father’s life style. This book really deals with some sensitive issues really well. Jeremiah did not really accept who his dad was as a person until he met a girl that lives across the street from this dad’s apartment named Sage. This book is great to read anytime of the year but especially good to read during PRIDE month. This is a great read for middle grade students that may have trouble dealing with parents that may be apart of the LGBT+ community. You will laugh, you will cry and you will cheer and by the end this book will leave you wanting more. Thank you Netgalley and publishers Red Chair/One Elm for the opportunity to read this book in advance.
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Charming, funny, and heartwarming. Second Dad Summer is a story about growth, prejudice, acceptance, and family.

Since his parents are divorced, Jeremiah spends the summer with his dad and his dad's new very flamboyant boyfriend. Jeremiah hates how Michael acts and how much attention he draws, but over the course of the book Jeremiah has to reevaluate his feelings.

One of my favorite moments is this simple interaction: When Jeremiah and his friend Sage go to the parade together with her two mom's and Jeremiah's dad and his boyfriend, Jeremiah turns to Sage and says, "We probably look like a normal family." Sage responds, "Not normal, just straight."
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Jeremiah is spending the summer with his dad and his dad’s boyfriend, Michael. While Jeremiah has known for a long time that his dad is bisexual, he still isn’t comfortable with Michael and struggles to form a connection with him. 

I loved the storyline and Jeremiah learns to accept Michael for how he is.

I would highly recommend this book to everone and think this should be in every school's library.

#oneelmbooks #NetGalley
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This book should be in all middle school libraries!
What was I thinking- it should be in all libraries! And I think required reading for all middle school students, and maybe even those younger- it'd be a perfect read for parents and kids to discuss.

Second Dad Summer is an entertaining, heart-warming, thought-provoking read. Jeremiah learns a lot about himself, life, love, and friendship the summer he spends with his dad, and his dad's new boyfriend. I loved the relationships that were built and developed in this book and I liked how Jeremiah started to see things, and people, in a different light. His friendship with Sage especially helped him in that respect. She made him see that "normal" wasn't necessarily better.
I loved how diverse this book was, in all aspects. And how things were presented in an age-appropriate manner, but didn't shy away from some tough topics

I really enjoyed everything about this sweet story, even if it made me cry!
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I loved this book - when it ended, I wanted to read more about Jeremiah, his Dad and Michael. Maybe it will be the start of a series? A sweet middle school book about differences and learning to love, in all its forms. Jeremiah is spending the summer with his Dad and his Dad's new boyfriend, Michael. Michel is loud and proud and Jeremiah knows he is uncomfortable with him. Will he be able to accept Michael into his life? This book not only has well-developed secondary characters, it acts as a great middle school introduction to the LGBTQ community, learning alongside Jeremiah new terms and history of the community, integrated deftly into the story. It acts as a love letter to Minneapolis, creating a strong setting that is used as almost another character in the story. It also brings up other topics, such as death, divorce and grief. It is truly the story of family, in all its forms, and the surprises life can give us when we lean into relationships and get to know people on a deeper level. I will be adding this book to my classroom, and will strong recommend Second Dad Summer to my students. A big thank you to NetGalley and One Elm Books for the Advanced Copy!
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3.5 stars. This was a really sweet, heartwarming and important story. The characters and their relationships are wonderfully developed and I really enjoyed reading about them.

I’d have really liked it if the story was fleshed out a little more and it didn’t quite give me that 4 star feeling which is why I gave it 3.5 stars instead of 4. Definitely recommend checking this book out, would be especially accessible for a child who has a parent in a new same sex relationship.

Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for early access to this book.
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This was such a great read!
All Jeremiah wants is to have a normal summer with his father, but to his dismay his father has moved in with his quirky new boyfriend who is far from normal and overly flamboyant.
This story is about acceptance, family  and learning to love.

Eagerly awaiting the next installment in this series
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Premise: Son of a divorced dad struggles with his dad’s flamboyant boyfriend.  Through caring for others and a small apartment garden, he grows to appreciate they boyfriend’s presence in his and his dad’s life.

As a gay single-parent and author, I absolutely loved this book and all it represents.  The story is a great read and direct about shades of queer and generational differences of opinions within the LGBTQ+ community.  Thank you, Mr. Klas for putting a new voice out there for middle school readers.  The only critique I would have is that the illustrations and cover, although of great quality, suggest a younger audience.  It’s firmly in the middle-grade reading level.
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Thanks to Netgalley for giving me a copy of this book.

This book was awesome! It was great.

What I liked about it was the writing style. It felt very easy and nice to read. The way it was written, it felt like a twelve year old was telling the story. The pace was very good. It was also a nice length.

The representation in this book went through the roof, it was amazing! A lot of the LGBT+ identities were mentioned in this book. The MC didn't have a lot of knowledge, which was nice, because you (and children) could learn with him. The rep also didn't feel forced and pretty casual with a couple of questions from the MC here and there.

The story itself was super nice and had a great build up.

Overall: it was just awesome and I recommend it to every child and adult!
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Klas addresses the generational gaps in the LGBTQ+ community, brutality towards LGBTQ+ peoples, the importance of the use of someone’s right pronouns, and acceptance. 

The story revolves around Jeremiah, a young boy who is adjusting to his father having a new boyfriend and spending the summer with them. Jeremiah starts in the story not accepting of Michael, and he meets Sage, the little girl across the street who he befriends. Jeremiah displays subtle homophobia, which could be because of his mother calling his father bisexuality “gay-ish” and “diet gay”. Near the middle we learn a backstory of Michael, and that is when Jeremiah starts on the path of learning and acceptance with the help of his friends and family.
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I enjoyed Second Dad Summer by Benjamin Klas. It is an enjoyable middle grade novel full of diverse characters of various sexualities, races, and genders. These characters are enjoyable and well-formed in a way that children will relate to them. 

Below this point there may be spoilers. 

There were several aspects I wish would have been cleared up in the narrative. One character continually calls another a "pansy", which is not a kind word to call someone. It is revealed that this character is gay, and that he fought for gay rights at Stonewall. It is obvious that this bothers Michael, as his treatment of Michael does. The readers' sympathy for this character is supposed to be formed through Jeremiah having formed this bond with him, that he doesn't like Michael - because Jeremiah doesn't like Michael either. Though Jeremiah does have a moment later on where he realizes the reason he liked Mr. Keeler was that Mr. Keeler didn't like Michael,I wish it had been more explicitly stated that what Mr. Keeler was doing was a form of homophobia. It does not matter that Mr. Keeler was gay, this was still an act of homophobia by him. 

There was another reader who mentioned they wished Jeremiah had realized more explicitly that he'd been prejudiced against Michael, and I agree. Much of that prejudice came from wanting his parents to get back together and not from the fact that Michael is a gay man, but this can often get lost, so I'm unsure how I feel about that. 

Neither of these two things detracted from my overall enjoyment of the book. It was a great display of friendship, specifically between Sage and Jeremiah, and a good display of divorced parents still getting along and working towards the well-being of their child. The interjection of various parts of queer culture were also great to see in a middle grade novel, as these are things that kids should be aware of but might not be. 

I enjoyed reading this novel, and I think that kids will too.
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Things aren’t always as we perceive them. 

Jeremiah’s summer is different than planned. He has looked forward to spending time with his dad, but his dad’s boyfriend, Michael, is there. Jeremiah is determined to not like Michael. Michael rides a colorful bike, cooks organic food, and tries hard to get to know Jeremiah, even though Jeremiah goes out of his way to show Michael he wants nothing to do with him.

Jeremiah is getting more out of sorts, until he meets Sage. As he and Sage get to know each other, Jeremiah starts enjoying his summer more. Little by little, he realizes that Michael is a good man, and best of all, Michael makes his dad happy.

Jeremiah learns to be himself and accept others as they are. He learns that appearances can be deceiving; there is more to people than what he sees. 

This book helps fill a gap in representation and teaches readers a little about history that is often left out of official school curricula. It also helps readers see below the surface of people’s appearances and learn acceptance. 

I received a free eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
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Since his parents divorced, Jeremiah spends the summer holidays with his father. Just the two of them sharing adventures. But this year they’re joined by Michael, her father’s boyfriend. 

Jeremiah doesn’t like Michael very much. He’d like to be able to spend the holidays as usual alone with his father without Michael who is unable to go unnoticed ever. He doesn’t understand his obsession with organic food or why he’s hanging around with questions all day. Jeremiah is so self-centered that he is unable to see Michael’s efforts to become his friend, to like him and to feel accepted.

Sitting outside his house, Jeremiah thought about how to spend the holidays in the best possible way, when Sage appeared. A very nice girl with whom he immediately made friends and who managed to get him out of his comfort zone and break the patterns. 

Both children are very different. Jeremiah’s parents are open-minded, but he has grown up full of prejudices and preconceived ideas that suddenly run into Sage’s reality and life.

Sage, on the other hand, is a very mature girl for her age. She tackles all the themes very naturally, without prejudice and with an amazing simplicity. She is a very positive character with a lot of weight in the plot. 

On this holidays Jeremiah not only discovers a beautiful city, open and with a great cultural diversity, but also by the hand of Sage learns to open his mind and listen to his heart to set aside everything that prevents him from being happy and focusing on what really matters.

Second Dad Summer has surprised me a lot and for good. It’s one of the few books designed for a young audience that tackles so well, in such a natural, simple and straightforward way a variety of sensitive and controversial topics like death, divorce, sexuality, diversity of genres and new types of family according to current reality and not archaic models.

But it is also a book that tells us about acceptance, love, tolerance and freedom to be how and who you want in every moment. It reads quickly and leaves you wanting more. It is both didactic and enjoyable. From my point of view, it should be among the recommended readings in schools.
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I really enjoyed this book!! I think it is so important to teach children when they are most impressionable and this book had so many lessons. I was particularly impressed with the teaching regarding pronouns.
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When I was a child I used to sleep with my favourite books under my pillow. I loved this book and I think it would have spent a lot of time under my childhood pillow. I don't generally read children's books but this  caught my eye on Netgalley. It is a really lovely story focusing on family, friends, love and acceptance.

Jeremiah's parents are divorced. He usually spends the summer with his dad but this year his dad (who is bisexual) has a new boyfriend called Michael. Jeremiah thinks Michael is irritating. He behaves like a tour guide when they are out together, he rides a ridiculous bicycle and he keeps wanting to involve Jeremiah in things. Thankfully there are other interesting people in their apartment block, like the grumpy elderly neighbour and the young girl with two mums, but Jeremiah still has to stay with Michael and his dad, although he wishes he could have his dad to himself.

Over the summer Jeremiah begins to learn how to appreciate family and friends and he gets a chance to be a friend and be part of a family and maybe Michael may not be that bad after all.

This is a lovely book with pictures as well. I enjoyed how it explored Jeremiah's feelings and his relationships with the people in his life. It was very heartwarming and I loved it so much I ordered a copy for myself. Perhaps I might keep this copy under my pillow.

A lovely book for both children and adults.

Copy provided via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
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I received an advanced reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

4.5 star review.
What an absolutely adorably heart warming read this book is! 
This book has so much depth to it and I loved how real the story was.
The book has great family dynamics, friendships, loss, love and even gardening within its pages and I absolutely loved it.

I was so sad the book ended as I could of continued reading it forever! I really hope there will be a second book.
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I would like to thank you for the eARC of this book which was kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 
Second Dad Summer is a middle-grade novel about the boy named Jeremiah and his wish to have a normal summer with his dad. However, his dad now has a boyfriend named Michael which Jeremiah really hates (at the beginning). This story shows how Jeremiah is spending his summers and how he develops relationships with others and how he meets new people and how they affect him. I like the inner dialogue of Jeremiah and how you could see how he feels in certain situations.  I think it is a very good book for middle graders to read because it has diverse characters and it deals with various emotions: love, grief, acceptance. The illustrations were beautiful and the author did a great job by showing the diversity and how normal is to have two mums or two dads or to use the pronoun they.
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i found this to be endearing. Love the racially diverse friends and families.  This book will open the minds and hearts of young readers.
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