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The First Last Day Hardcover – June 7, 2016
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Gr 4–6—Saying goodbye to summer is not easy for 12-year-old Haleigh Adams. She is not looking forward to her future. Thoughts of moving to a new town, meeting new friends, and losing old ones make her uptight. She treasures the languid days at the Jersey shore making sci-fi movies with her best friend, Kevin. Their last day together is one she would like never to end. In this delightful and observant tale, Haleigh gets her wish. A set of old paints strangely end up in her backpack, and she uses them to create a painting of their last summer day together. The paints have a magical effect: every day Haleigh wakes up, it's the last day of summer. This satisfying tale moves at a leisurely pace. Readers get to know the fine-tuned cast of characters and enjoy them as much as Haleigh does. While the end of that last summer day is always bittersweet, Haleigh finds comfort in the sameness. Readers will feel for Haleigh as she sees her situation from the viewpoint of everyone affected. The mystery of the magic paints pleasantly resolves itself. The writing is realistic and easygoing. The character development rings true as Haleigh slowly discovers that she can handle whatever life brings. VERDICT This will appeal to reluctant readers and those looking for a fun summer read with a twist. A heartfelt novel loaded with wonderful character development.—Sada Mozer, Los Angeles Public Library
"Dorian Cirrone is master of the middle grade mystery. You will not be able to stop turning pages until you come to the satisfying conclusion of this compelling, funny, and heartfelt novel." (Donna Gephart, award-winning author of Death by Toilet Paper and Lily and Dunkin)
"I just loved Dorian Cirrone's The First Last Day. It made my brain buzz with time warp complications and my heart warm with lessons learned about family, friendship, and growing up." (Nora Raleigh Baskin, award-winning author of Anything but Typical and Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story)
The book is at its best when it acknowledges its real subject, as when the grandmother reflects on mortality or in a lovely scene near the end in which Haleigh, in tears, calmly waits "for the future to happen."A light book that deftly plumbs some pretty dark depths. (Kirkus Reviews)
This will appeal to reluctant readers and those looking for a fun summer read with a twist. A heartfelt novel loaded with wonderful character development. (School Library Journal)
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There was much to love about this novel ~ endearing characters, quirky puns, enlightening fun facts, a mystery to be solved. Perfectly written in a voice middle graders will love. And, underneath the humor and mystery ~ Cirrone gently embeds a deeper philosophical question about life and mortality. Her quote at the beginning of the novel says it all: "Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forward." ~Soren Kierkegaard
After reading this book, you will never look at a sprig of Rosemary the same, again! Read it and see what I mean!
The best books change you and stay with you, and The First Last Day is one of those books. It opened my eyes to a new and beautiful way of thinking. If you've ever resisted change, or just felt "stuck," you'll definitely relate. I loved this book!
Haleigh Adams is girl who needs to reverse a tragedy that happens on her last day of summer. She tries many possible ways to do that, but eventually finds the key to getting back to the present. I loved this because it wasn't like anything I've read before and Haleigh was very artistic just like me, so I could imagine how she was feeling. I recommend this book to people are interested in time travel and an exciting summer read.