Memories of Summer

Ruth White

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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By the author of the Newbery Honor book Belle Prater's Boy

It is the mid-1950s, and Lyrics familys dream is finally coming true -- they are moving from the backwoods of southwest Virginia to Flint, Michigan, where her father hopes to get an assembly-line job for a car manufacturer. Thirteen-year-old Lyric has always been close to and admired her older sister, Summer, who is pretty and popular. But in their new hometown, Summer unexpectedly and drastically changes. She becomes remote, speaks gibberish, stops taking care of her appearance, wont go to high school, and then seems to have hallucinations. Lyric and her father try to cope with the devastating effects of Summers mental illness, but, sadly, there is no bringing the old Summer back. Ruth White has written a heart-wrenching novel which, despite the sad and serious subject matter, offers readers humor and hope and most of all love.

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Memories of Summer
oneMy parents knew no other place but the southwest Virginia hills where they were raised. I didn't remember Mama, because she died of consumption when I was three and my sister was six. But relatives told us she had been a gentle person who read poetry and the Bible, and sang hymns beautifully.We affectionately called our daddy Poppy, and many times he related to us what Mama had decided long before we were born."Our children will have no common names," she had said to him. "A name should have meaning, and tell other folks something about the person.

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"Distinct and startingly beautiful . . . Summer has always looked out for Lyric, but when they move from Virginia to Flint, Michigan, so their father can try to 'get on' at an auto plant, the two girls gradually switch roles." -Starred, The Horn Book

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Ruth White

Ruth White's previous books include Weeping Willow, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and Sweet Creek Holler, an ALA Notable Book. She lives in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania.

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American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Award, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, NYPL Books for the Teen Age, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
April 2011
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ISBN: 9781429936583
ISBN10: 1429936584
Middle-Grade Fiction144 pages
Age Range: 10 and up
Grade Range: 5 and up
$7.99
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