Days of the Bagnold Summer by Joff Winterhart

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Reviewed by Marian Fragola, Director, Program Planning and Outreach


"When someone looks back and writes a history of this summer, two people they will almost certainly leave out are Sue and Daniel Bagnold, mother and son respectively . . . " And with that first line begins Days of the Bagnold Summer . This gloomy charmer chronicles the quotidian life of Daniel, a teen aged boy, and his mom during one doleful summer. Other readers have called it depressing, but I think the tone is more poignant. Winterhart, through the art and the text, really captures a feeling.