Adam is a fully developed character many readers will relate to as he works through his changing relationship with his grandmother and his friendship with Alice. The leisurely pace matches the setting of long days spent dock-sitting or canoeing, and nature is never far from Adam’s mind as he watches loons, beavers, and even a pair of mink in their natural habitats. Rich in descriptive detail, readers will be able to fully visualize the characters and the lush setting of this well-written novel.
—School Library Journal
Adam and Alice are both endearing and believable teenagers. … This spirited novel seamlessly combines endings and beginnings against the beautiful backdrop of a lake in summer.
St. Antoine effectively evokes the visceral pull that nature and special summer places can have, and she understatedly examines the sometimes tricky navigation of middle-school boy-girl relationships. Adam’s narration is thoughtful and generally credible (his palpable discomfort with his grandmother’s worsening condition is particularly well drawn), and the kids who would rather go on a nature hike than play team sports will especially relate to him. Readers can save this contemplative read for a rainy summer day, enjoy it on the lakefront beach, or hang out with it in a hammock.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
This quiet story has plenty to offer, beginning with the vivid depiction of an independent, self-aware 12-year-old boy who is baffled (though occasionally intrigued) by girls. … St. Antoine depicts complex intergenerational relationships with balance and sensitivity, and the novel includes one of the more unusual treasure hunts in children’s books. Readers drawn to the understated jacket art will find plenty to enjoy here.
"Three Bird Summer" will charm readers with its tale of a summer that is very different indeed.
This chapter book will appeal to those readers who enjoy a realistic look at the joys and complications of contemporary family life. … Told entirely from Adam’s viewpoint, this coming-of-age story successfully captures the uncertainty and pitfalls of being neither child nor teenager as your world changes.
—Library Media Connection
A charming and quiet mystery… It’s a novel about wanting summer ot last forever and all those bittersweet young emotions.
Anyone who appreciates memories of family vacations or summertime in general will enjoy the vivid imagery that fills Three Bird Summer. Readers will fall into the story, almost as if they’re actually spending the summer exploring Three Bird Lake with Adam and Alice.
—TIME for Kids
‘Three Bird Summer’ is filled with perfect moments of description. The writing is graceful and fluid. Adam himself is a likeable, thoroughly believable introvert… Partly a hymn to summer, part mystery, part coming-of-age story, ‘Three Bird Summer’ contains a satisfying number of plot twists and turns and a wonderful not-overly-neat resolution.
—The Boston Globe