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Summerlost by [Ally Condie]

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Gr 5–8—A year after the accident that killed Cedar Lee's father and younger brother, her family still feels freshly broken. Her mother moves the remainder of the family out to her hometown of Iron Creek for the summer. Cedar's mom throws herself into fixing up their new house, leaving Cedar and her younger brother Miles to explore the area on their own. Cedar can't shake her grief, especially when small trinkets that remind her of her brother Ben start appearing on her windowsill. Then Cedar notices that a strangely dressed boy rides by her house on his bike at the same time every day. She follows the boy and winds up with a new friend and a job at the Summerlost theater festival. As she dives into an old town mystery with Leo, she feels her heart slowly start to heal. Condie focuses mainly on Cedar's healing. Miles and her mother are present, and their journey through grief is certainly evident, but more care is given to Cedar and the development of her new relationships through the theater program. Leo is a vibrant secondary character, as are some of the other charming folks Cedar meets throughout her stay in Iron Creek. Have this on hand for readers who enjoy a sweet, heartfelt story. VERDICT A first purchase for middle grade collections, particularly where realistic fiction and coming-of-age stories are in demand.—Carli Worthman, Carmel Middle School, Carmel, IN --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.


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

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

"Honest, lovely, and sad." —
Kirkus Reviews

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

Praise for Ally Condie’s

“Utterly captivating. A heroine unlike any I’d met before, a setting I’d never glimpsed, a story I’d never imagined. 
Atlantia is fresh, wild, and engrossing. I love Ally Condie.” —Shannon Hale, award-winning, bestselling author of Austenland and Dangerous

“A gorgeous, crumbling underwater world, a murder mystery, a sweet romance, a sinister plot, long-protected secrets… they’re all here! But what made us love this new stand-alone from talented Ally Condie? Rio. She’s a strong, brave, self-sacrificing heroine who never gives up.” —
Justine Magazine
“Condie brings tremendous depth to her world-building, finding terrific details in a culture created both to help people survive, and to perhaps keep them under control.” —
Salt Lake City Weekly

"A fast-paced fantasy adventure tale in a richly drawn dystopian future . . . this is a title that’s sure to be immensely popular with teens." —
School Library Journal

“Each mystery leads into another, and Condie keeps readers guessing to the end.” —
Shelf Awareness

Praise for the International bestelling Matched trilogy:

"This futuristic fable of love and free will asks: Can there be freedom without choice? The tale of Cassia's journey from acceptance to rebellion will draw you in and leave you wanting more." —Cassandra Clare, 
New York Times-bestselling author of The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments series

"A superb dystopian romance." —
The Wall Street Journal 

"The hottest YA title to hit bookstores since 
The Hunger Games." —Entertainment Weekly 

"A fierce, unforgettable page-turner." —
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Condie's enthralling and twisty dystopian plot is well served by her intriguing characters and fine writing. . . . Cassia's metamorphosis is gripping and satisfying." —
Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "Condie’s prose is immediate and unadorned, with sudden pings of lush lyricism [and] reveals seeming to arrive on almost every page." —
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Distinct . . . authentic . . . poetic." —
School Library Journal

"Love triangle + struggle against the powers that be = perfect escape." — --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B011IVP39W
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Dutton Books for Young Readers (March 29, 2016)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 29, 2016
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1076 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 254 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0399187197
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169 ratings

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Ally Condie is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Matched trilogy and its companion novel, The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe. She is also the author of the novel Summerlost, an Edgar Award Finalist for Best Juvenile Mystery, the New York Times bestselling novel Atlantia, and the co-author of the Darkdeep middle grade series. A former English teacher, Ally lives with her family outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She has an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is the founder and director of the nonprofit WriteOut Foundation.

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Summerlost is a story that happens in a beautiful small town known as Iron Creek. It follows the life of Cedar Lee, a teenage girl who comes to Iron creek to spend her summer there. She visits Iron Creek at a time when her family is going through grief due to the passing of her dad and a brother.

Cedar's life changes when she meets 'the boy in the bicycle', Leo, a native of Iron Creek, who has bigger dreams than his age. She joins him in exploring the old town's heart and the life of people who made an impact on the town's story.Together, they join the volunteering team of the Summerlost festival.

The author had named the protagonist Cedar after her hometown Cedar city,Utah. This book speaks a lot about death and it's impact on young and old minds and how it affects the life of people who are close, like the ripples on a calm lake. Altogether this is a moving, poetic story of a town, broken hearts, mysteries and friendship.♥️
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