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.
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
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
coming-of-age; summer; middle school; drunk driving; car accident; bullying; adventure; friendship; Shakespeare; festival; actress; siblings; mystery; volunteering; theater
Condie, Ally, "Summerlost" (2017). Diverse Families. 1833.