Sophie can't wait-it's the beginning of August-Summerhouse Time. Every year, her relatives and family gather at a large summerhouse on the beach for a month of splashing, playing, and enjoying each other's presence. But this year it's all different: Sophie's learning Italian, she KIND OF likes a boy, and her favorite cousin, Colleen isn' even talking to her. Can Sophie switch around the summer and have fun? Or is her summer doomed for disappointment? You'll love Eileen Spinelli's poetic style as you travel with Sophie and her family to the place on the beach where fun and summer begin!