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A tender and compelling contemporary novel for young readers about facing loss and finding friendship, from Ally Condie, international bestselling author of the Matched series.

Nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for the 2017 Edgar Award

"Kids are awesome. And they are diverse. There are children with different abilities and backgrounds and experiences, and every one of them deserves to find themselves in children's literature and to know that they matter." -Ally Condie, on Summerlost

Sometimes it takes a new friend to bring you home. It's the first real summer since the accident that killed Cedar's father and younger brother, Ben. Cedar and what's left of her family are returning to the town of Iron Creek for the summer. They're just settling into their new house when a boy named Leo, dressed in costume, rides by on his bike. Intrigued, Cedar follows him to the renowned Summerlost theatre festival. Soon, she not only has a new friend in Leo and a job working concessions at the festival, she finds herself surrounded by mystery. The mystery of the tragic, too-short life of the Hollywood actress who haunts the halls of Summerlost. And the mystery of the strange gifts that keep appearing for Cedar.

Infused with emotion and rich with understanding, Summerlost is the touching new novel from Ally Condie, the international bestselling author of the Matched series that highlights the strength of family and personal resilience in the face of tragedy.

"Generous and bittersweet, Summerlost has the emotional acuity of Ms. Condie's writing for older teenagers, but it's pitched just right for readers ages 10-14." - Wall Street Journal

"Funny, sad, sweet, and heartwarming.", Special Needs Now blog

★ " Condie is at her best . . . grabbing readers' interest from the first page." -- Publishers Weekly , starred review

★ "Thoughtful, poetic chapter endings guide readers new to psychological depth toward meaningful connections between plot events and thematic reflections." -- BCCB , starred review

"A nuanced portrait of grief deeply grounded in the middle-school mind-set." -- Booklist

"Honest, lovely, and sad." -- Kirkus Reviews
Publisher: New York, NY : Dutton Children's Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2016
ISBN: 9780399187209
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Summer lost


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Feb 20, 2017

If you only read one book about girl's dealing with death, let it be this book. I became so caught up in this remarkable story. The girl is mentioned to be Chinese American, but its not about her race. Instead its about the death of her dad and brother and coping with the grief that follows. By far the best, most realistic and touching about missing people in your life. I was utterly sick of all death books this year that were either boring or irritating, I almost didn't read this one. I am so grateful I did. this one is far superior. It does have another storyline with her trying to raise money with her friend so he can go to England so it's not a depressing book either. The plot isn't overly complicated but just enough intrigue that you don't know the end. I can't praise this book enough, I highly, highly recommend it!

Jan 27, 2017

A summer story with a bit of a mystery and a wonderful boy/girl friendship at its heart. Condie does an excellent job of infusing grief into a light vacation read without weighing it down or trivializing the sense of loss. The relationship between Cedar and Leo is pitch perfect - authentically adolescent, just on that cusp of early teenagerdom, and completely in tune with the way that childhood relationships can cement quickly in a way that makes days and weeks feel like months and years. Mystery lovers may be a bit disappointed. The mysteries themselves doesn't amount to much, but the way in which they are wrapped up in the magic of a theatre company, ghostly legends, and the palpable loss of a father and brother should keep readers hooked. And it's so refreshing to read about a boy/girl relationship that is so close yet never needs to slip into romance. A thoroughly enjoyable read with surprising depth of emotion that should be popular with a broad range of middle grade readers.

Aug 14, 2016

Why is it so traumatic, I have just been through the toughest year of my life trying to deal with the death of my Love and my father and there have been many times when I thought that being dead myself would surely be better than trying to deal with the death of two people that were a significant part of my life and all the misery that went with it.
What I want to know is, what is the point of grief, why is it so awful to the point that you feel your own life is not worth living, why is the experience so shocking and what do we really gain from it.
I know I am not the same person and that everything is different now, I don't view that as a bad thing really but what it took me to get to the other side of this is something I find hard to deal with and I wonder what your thoughts are on grief?
Can we ignore it and just get on with our lives because some people seem able to do that, whereas I couldn't carry on, I couldn't even function at all for months and months. Maybe that's a tough journey

Jul 04, 2016

This is one of my favourite summer reads featuring a unexpected friendship between two different people. There were many peculiar surprises throughout the novel and Ally Condie is such a wonderful author who writes well rounded characters.

Mar 05, 2016

Fantastic read about grief, friendship and coming to terms with a new normal.


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