Praise for Vikki VanSickle's Summer Days, Starry Nights
Starred selection, CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens (2013)
OLA Best Bet (2013)
Finalist, Red Maple Awards (2015)
"Summer Days, Starry Nights is a love letter to summer, the 1960s, and
the decade's music . . . Through Reenie's innocent eyes, author Vikki
VanSickle beautifully captures the novel's time and place. Reenie's
affection for Sandy Shores shines through the lush descriptions of the
resort and its surroundings. It's hard not to fall in love with Reenie's
favourite place. And it's just as hard not to fall in love with Reenie."
—Quill & Quire
"Summer Days, Starry Nights examines the delicate balance between
individuality and preserving our sense of home."
“VanSickle taps into ’60s culture lightly and effectively, celebrating the bodily freedom of dance while she tracks Reenie’s developing self-knowledge and comfort with her small town, family resort setting. Not everyone has to leave for the city at the end of August, she seems to say in this comfortable, end-of-summer read.” —The Toronto Star
“Vikki VanSickle pens a story that is like a classic rock-and-roll song: there is a familiarity to its melody . . . it is a pleasing sound that resonates with all. Summer Days, Starry Nights is sure to be a summer hit” —Can Lit for Little Canadians
“Vikki ably paces her story — mysteries unfold, friendships blossom, and as the stakes are raised on the action, the suspense builds to a satisfying climax and big reveal . . . A dramatic revelation, well developed characters, and natural dialogue all combine to create an engaging summer read . . . its old-fashioned charm will entertain older readers who remember sitting on the front porch with a glass of lemonade and the latest Trixie Belden or Judy Blume novel.” —Your Hidden Shelf
Praise for Vikki VanSickle's Love Is a Four-Letter Word
Selection, CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens (2012)
"Humorous and poignant all at once."
"This book expertly portrays the emotional frenzy of early adolescence.
This is a sweet and sensitive story that is perfect for any middle
school or junior high aged girl."
—Canadian Children's Book News
"Like Words That Start with B, Love Is a Four-Letter Word continues
to provide an honest outlook of a pre-teen figuring out her
relationships and the world around her."