March 29, 2016

Release Date Blitz: Summerlost by Ally Condi - A Letter to the Reader +GIVEAWAY

Very excited today to take part in the Release Day Blitz


Summerlost by Ally Condi

hosted by Word Spelunking and Penguin Teen

I think this book sounds fantastic!!!! I love middle grade books, and ones that help kids this age deal with what might be happening in their lives are even more wonderful.  This is a book that I think many kids would relate to because they've gone through something similar or someone they know is.  It can give them a level of understanding they might not find someplace else.  
I hope to read the book soon!

About the Book

It's the first real summer since the devastating accident that killed Cedar's father and younger brother, Ben. But now 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.

Praise for the Book

A Spring 2016 Kids' Indie Next List Top 10 Pick! 

Named one of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Children’s and YA Books of Spring 2016 

 “Condie (Matched) strikes a deep emotional chord with this coming-of-age story.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review 

“Ally Condie’s first middle grade book might also be my favorite out of ALL her books to date. Summerlost is a story packed with nostalgia, heart, and gorgeous prose.” – The Novel Novice 

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

“Honest, lovely, and sad.” – Kirkus Reviews

To introduce you to the book Ally has written a letter to her readers:

Dear Readers,

I think most of us have had our hearts broken. Sometimes we can see it coming, and sometimes it comes down with the unexpected force of a sudden gale of wind or a rising of waters that we thought were still and safe. Loss is universal to human experience, but the way we each feel and recover is one of the most personal things we do.

In Summerlost, Cedar is dealing with the loss of her father and younger brother. And my intent was to show how hard their deaths are for her. But this is also a book about the healing power of friendship. Most of us have been broken-hearted; I hope that most of us have also discovered the miracle of friendships that were just what we needed. Cedar and Leo’s friendship is based on someone I met when I was twelve. Like Leo, my friend was fun and liked to enlist me in crazy adventures (although we never gave a secret guided tour of our town the way they do in Summerlost). And, like Leo, he thought I was wonderful and of worth at a time when I needed it most.

SUMMERLOST is my attempt to pay tribute both to the pain we feel and the friendships that save us. Thank you so much for supporting this book, and for your willingness to give Cedar’s story a try. I hope it makes you think of a wonderful friend of your own, whether that is someone you met in the pages of a favorite book or outside, in the world where it is often hard and beautiful to live.

Best wishes and happy reading always,
Ally Condie

Read an Excerpt

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