"Harriet The Spy meets Doctor Dolittle."


Twelve-year-old Trina Bell has finally had enough. Why should she spend another dull summer watching Great-Aunt Roswinda lawn bowl and nibble cucumber sandwiches while her estranged father has all the fun? This year, she won’t let him get away with his usual excuses. To her surprise, she succeeds. Her dad, the famous wildlife photographer, agrees to take her with him to the Canadian rainforest.

Trina’s triumph is short-lived, however; soon she finds herself alone on Vancouver Island, in a strange apartment building that may not be what it seems.

But when she befriends Moss, the three-legged dog living across the street, and becomes involved in a puzzling case of vanishing hummingbirds, events take an astonishing turn.

Will Trina be able to solve the mystery, and win the love of the father she longs for?


"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

"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 In 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, beta reader, Minneapolis, USA

"A fun mystery that manages to be engrossing from start to finish."
Edward Davies, Goodreads review

"A delightful new children's book. Download a copy for your preteen daughter."

Don Sloan, author and book reviewer, USA

"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, Goodreads review

"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."

April Gilly, Readers' Favorite, USA