*originally published on 06/09/2016
While this book is set in present time…I chose this as a throwback review because it reminded me of my summer reading when I was a kid.
SUMMERLOST Written by Ally Condie
2016; 272 Pages (Dutton Books for Young Readers)
Genre: middle school, young adult, fiction, contemporary
After a car accident kills both Cedar’s father and brother, Cedar, her mother, and youngest brother, Miles must continue on with their lives. Cedar’s mother buys a house close to her family and a place where they can spend the summers. As they get settled in for the rest of the summer she notices a boy her age cycling past her house everyday in old fashion clothes. One day, out of curiosity, she follows the Nerd-on-a-Bike to see where he goes. She discovers that the Summerlost Festival is in town and soon finds herself at twelve with a job. Leo, Nerd-on-a-Bike, and Cedar start to spend every day together, keeping herself busy and maybe get on with her life.
I loved this book. This is the kind of book I would have taken out as a kid and read every summer. It has heart, a small mystery, and Shakespeare! I found the novel realistic and fun…loved the characterizations and interactions between characters. I highly recommend this book for ages 8-13, but it is also a fun book to read with kids…a parent/child summer book club maybe?