Twelve-year-old cousins Phoebe, Hillary, Neeve, and Kate are spending the summer at their grandmother's beach house. They have heard stories about the Callahan-Bicket family rivalry. Now it's up to them to prove that the Callahans are the best family on the island! Fans of the American Girl books will love these spunky girls.
"Better for older kids"
Twelve-year-old Phoebe Callahan longs to enjoy a storybook Christmas. So after she learns that she and her three girl cousins will spend their holiday vacation in New England on their grandma's island estate, she plans the Christmas of her dreams. When she reaches Gull Island, the cold breeze and cloudy skies foster her fondest fantasy - a white Christmas. Phoebe imagines her grandma's stately three-story home with lights in every window.
When the other cousins tease Kate for her old-lady pastimes of cooking, decorating, and knitting, she decides it's time to become "cool." Kate draws up a list of things to do. But after Grandma Gee discusses the folly of being cool and the need to focus on what really matters, Kate's not so sure. And then something unexpected happens.
Elizabeth Doyle Carey pens an engaging story of the four Callahan cousins, Neeve, Hillary, Kate, and Phoebe, as they continue their summer vacation with their grandmother on beautiful Gull Island, Ireland. Grandmother Gee honors them with the privilege of taking over the Dorm, a stable that was converted into a guesthouse many years ago and needs redecorating. But before they move in, old family secrets need to be swept out of those closets.
"Review from an 11yr old and her brother, 9yrs old"