Summerlost

Title

Summerlost

Authors

Ally Condie

Publisher

Puffin Books

Publication Year

2017

ISBN

9780399187216

Pages

272 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

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.

Grade Level

6-8

Lexile Measure

600L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Disability and Health; Single parent; Family member death; Race discrimination; Developmental disability; single parent; single mother; death of a parent; death of a father; death of a sibling; death of a brother; grief; family tragedy; accident; loss; racism; prejudice; marginalized group of people; autism; autism spectrum disorder

Main Character

female child

Race/Ethnicities

Asian American

Family Formation

single mother

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2016, Nominee, Audio Book
Edgar Allan Poe Awards, 2017, Nominee, Best Juvenile
Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award, 2018 - 2019
Charlie May Simon Childrens Book Award, 2018
West Australian Young Readers' Book Award (WAYRBA), 2018 - 2019

Keywords

coming-of-age; summer; middle school; drunk driving; car accident; bullying; adventure; friendship; Shakespeare; festival; actress; siblings; mystery; volunteering; theater

Diversity Impact

direct

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