by Sara Pennypacker

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After her mother runs off (again), twelve-year-old Stella finds herself living with her Great Aunt Louise and a foster child named Angel at the Linger Longer cottages on Cape Cod. Stella and Angel get along as well "as oil and water" until Aunt Louise unexpectedly dies. The girls realize that they both desperately want to avoid getting thrown back into the foster care system, so they find a way to cover up Louise's death and run the Linger Longer vacation rentals on their own. Over the summer the girls learn the true meaning of friendship as they survive on relish and lollipops, babysit for vacationing toddlers, and fend off the persistent gypsy moths...until the day the secret they keep becomes too much to bear.

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