Monday, May 23, 2016
by Ally Condie
Flap Copy Description:
It's been a year since the devastating car accident that killed Cedar's father and younger brother, Ben. But now Cedar and what's left of her family are spending the summer in her mother's hometown of Iron Creek and trying to mend the broken pieces. Memories surround Cedar, including strange gifts that begin to appear in the night - the type of small household items her brother Ben used to collect.
Until one day a boy named Leo, dressed in costume, rides by on his bike, and everything about Cedar's summer changes. Soon, Cedar not only has a job working at the renowned Summerlost theater festival, but also a growing friendship with Leo that will blossom as they piece together clues about the short and tragic life of one of Iron Creek's most famous residents.
Summerlost is the marvelous debut middle grade novel by bestselling author Ally Condie. What I love most about this book is the way it's written in a literary style, while still capturing the "middle grade voice." Its themes of family and friendship, amidst devastating loss, are written with authenticity, and are extremely inspirational. I highly recommend Summerlost to readers from the ages of eight to eighty!
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