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My Summer as Heidi

Age 10

256 pages

Format:
148 x 210 mm

published:
20.07.2017

  • Children's Novel

Alexa Hennig von Lange

My Summer as Heidi

In a nutshell:

Off to the mountains? Isla can think of many better things to do. What on earth was her mother thinking of to abandon her with her grandfather of all people while she was away "getting a few things straight"? They contact a hitch-a-lift agency in Berlin and drive down south. And suddenly Isla finds herself in an utterly strange world: an Alpine village, a log cabin, an unfamiliar old man who is her grandfather - and nothing around her but goats, a vast sky, rustling fir trees... Her grandfather doesn't exactly say a lot, either – and when he does it's to carp at Isla or find fault with her mother. Isla wants to run away. Such an idyll is unbearable! But just as she is on the verge of doing so she meets Trinus. The encounter with the boy from the next village changes everything. Isla is ready to face the adventure of life in the mountains – and in a family.

Synopsis:

Isla is eleven years old and called after a song her mother used to love as a young girl: "La isla bonita" – the pretty island. What's more, Isla's mother's big dream is of living on an island. Isla's mother thinks she deserves a life in the sun, with a beach and freedom thrown in. She would like to produce a shell collection and sell it on the internet. To this end Isla's mother would like to go to Ibiza to find a suitable place for her and her daughter to live. While she is away Isla is to go to her grandfather's, who lives as a recluse up in the mountains. Isla hardly knows her grandfather because Isla's mother has almost no contact with him - hardly surprising, for he doesn't like his daughter's unsettled way of life one little bit. He is particularly critical of the fact that Isla has to grow up without her father, whose name or place of abode no one knows. Isla's mother takes her from Berlin to the Alpine village in the south – with the help of a car-sharing agency. Even this journey is an adventure in its purest form. When Isla is left behind with her grandfather in the remote wooden cabin, she first feels out of place and alone. She has never seen as much nature as this! All that green! The vast sky! The goats and the rustling of the dark fir trees. Her grandfather doesn't exactly say a lot, either – and when he does it's to carp at Isla or find fault with her mother. Isla wants to run away. But just as she is on the verge of doing so, she is stopped by Trinus, the eleven-year-old boy from the next village. He lives in a big patchwork family, has several half brothers and sisters and a stepfather he gets on with very well. His life is nevertheless anything but uncomplicated – what, with all the younger half brothers and sisters who are always crying and who he has to look after. But when Isla visits Trinus at home, it is the first time in her life that she really feels sheltered; and not only does she learn what it means to have a family but Trinus, too, sees his own family in a different light. Bit by bit, Isla begins to feels more comfortable with her grandfather, who tells his granddaughter more and more about the old days. This way Isla finds out a lot not only about Grandfather's life but also about her mother when she was a little girl with a head full of dreams. The more Isla knows about her mother the more she misses her. But then her mother suddenly stops getting in touch …   My world is the mountains? Off to the mountains? Isla can think of many better things to do. What on earth was her mother thinking of to abandon her with her grandfather of all people while she was away "getting a few things straight"? They contact a hitch-a-lift agency in Berlin and drive down south. And suddenly Isla finds herself in an utterly strange world: an Alpine village, a log cabin, an unfamiliar old man who is her grandfather - and nothing around her but goats, a vast sky, rustling fir trees... Her grandfather doesn't exactly say a lot, either – and when he does it's to carp at Isla or find fault with her mother. Isla wants to run away. Such an idyll is unbearable! But just as she is on the verge of doing so she meets Trinus. The encounter with the boy from the next village changes everything. Isla is ready to face the adventure of life in the mountains – and in a family.

     

  • A vivid modern-day Heidi story
  • About unfamiliar worlds, the search for security and various family secrets
  • Hustle and bustle of city life in Berlin versus the idyllic world of the Alps
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