"I absolutely loved the story. It was exciting and sweet.

I especially liked the father/daughter relationship. It's easy to relate to and really tugs at your heart strings. The story also had a very fun Alice and Wonderland fantasy element about it. It is very fresh and unique and will have a ton of readers excited about having something new and different to read."

              Amanda, Minneapolis, USA


 

"An enjoyable story. It has everything  from mystery to hummingbird facts. I had trouble putting it down. I highly recommend it even if you aren't a hummingbird enthusiast."

Sandra Greganti, Inventor of the Hummer Fun ButtonsTM

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"There is a lot of beautiful imagery and creative fantasy. I really enjoyed the depth of characters, and the uniqueness of the animal characters. I was happy with the way the story developed ... it is ... a very lovely book (and I now really want to get a hummingbird feeder and travel to see the British Columbia setting myself)."

              Angela, USA


"Enjoy a wonderful, endless summer adventure. Think 'Harriet The Spy' meets furry and feathered friends."

                 Randall James, Author of 'The Strikerz', Victoria, Canada


"Love can make us do things we wouldn't normally do.  Trina's father seemingly ignores her just when she's needing him the most and after talking him into letting her come with him on his photography shoot, she finds all is not as it seems. A bit of mystery, a bit of fantasy, and lots of really great characters! A bewitching, beguiling tale of discovery and mystery!"

              Gretchen, USA


 "In 'Trina Bell's Humming Summer', author Silke Stein takes young Trina's attempt to reconnect with her absentee father and turns it into an adventure. Not the one she wanted in the Canadian rainforest, but one that lands her in the middle of a mystery on Vancouver Island. Stein's ability to create a beautiful tapestry of words pulls readers into the fascinating world of Trina's imagination. With sidekick Moss along for her exploits, Trina takes on the disappearance of the island's hummingbird population.

Stein writes with the skill of an artisan and brings the city to life in a way that will have you feeling you've been for a visit. You won't be able to walk away from this collection of characters until the end's twist reveals itself and Trina finally finds the thing she wants most in life."

                  Staci Cranor, Editor and Author, Huntsville, USA


Trina Bell's Humming Summer by Silke Stein is the story of 13-year-old Trina. Trina's mother died giving birth to her and her father is a world renowned nature photographer, who spends most of his time photographing endangered species, so Trina lives with her great-aunt. After she kind of gets through to her father, Tibo, he allows her to come to Victoria Island with him while he looks for an endangered bear. Since her father spends most of his time in the forest, Trina makes some unusual friends and sets off to solve the mystery of the disappearing hummingbirds when her newest friend Sweet Pea finally tells her why the island's hummingbird population has been harassing her. Unsure if she can solve the mystery, she sets to the task anyway with Moss, a three-legged dog who quickly becomes her best friend, and Sweet Pea. Will this trip help mend her relationship with her absent father or will she go back home to Germany with good memories and knowing she did a good deed?

Trina Bell's Humming Summer by Silke Stein is an amazing coming of age story. The characters are realistic and Trina's pain over her father's "neglect" and her unusual ability allowed her to quickly find a place in my heart. The imagery that Silke Stein uses is amazing and when the whale watching scene was described, I felt like I was in the boat with Trina and her father. The plot is VERY unique and quickly drew me in. I had a hard time putting it down.

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