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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." –Parents.com, 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
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on March 29, 2016 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0399187197
ISBN-13: 9780399187193
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  • olliebob
    olliebobThursday, October 26, 2017 at 7:52 pm55 stars
    Summerlost is a sweet book about a 12 year old girl named Cedar. Cedar moves to Iron Creek with her mom and her brother Miles after the tragic accident that killed her dad and her younger brother with special needs, Ben. In Iron Creek she meets a neighbor, Leo. Can she and her new friend survive the Summer?
    • kitten7260
      kitten7260Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 12:53 pm55 stars
      So great! It''s about this girl named Cedar who is moving to a summer house, but is having a hard time adjusting after her brother and dad are killed in a car accident. It may seem sad, which it sometimes is, but is also wonderful! You have to read this!
      • lulubob
        lulubobWednesday, June 1, 2016 at 1:21 pm55 starsFeatured
        "Summerlost" is an amazing book! I love that the chapters range from 1-4 pages so it seems like you've accomplished a lot. Cedar and her family move to Iron Creek for the summer after her dad and brother were killed in a car accident. Cedar is not happy to be in Iron Creek but when she meets a neighbor boy who is her same age things look great. Leo the neighbor boy helps Cedar get a job at a Shakespearean festival and they both have the time of their life. Cedar and Leo start to lie and lie some more and they just hope it doesn't blow up in their face. They try to uncover the mystery of Iron Creek's own Hollywood celebrity, Lisette Chamberlain who mysteriously died years earlier. You'll laugh, you'll cry (if you're like me), and you will definitely want Ally Condie to write a sequel. A fantastic read!

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