Cold in Summer

Tracy Barrett

Henry Holt and Co.

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The new girl in town meets a mysterious old-fashioned girl who can’t seem to find her way home.

The girl didn’t say anything. Her face held no expression.
Ariadne shivered. It was cool in the shade, and her hair was still wet.
“Hello,” Ariadne said. No answer. “Um—I was just taking a walk. Is this your property?” Still nothing. She took a step toward the girl and stumbled on a fallen branch. She caught her balance and looked back at the tree, but no one was there.
The girl had vanished.

It’s bad enough that Ariadne’s family just moved to a tiny boring town in the middle of nowhere. But worst of all is that she’s so far away from her best friend. The kids in Dobbin seem nice enough, but none of them really understands how lost and unhappy Ariadne feels.

None, that is, but May Butler. She’s an odd, quiet person who wears the strangest old-fashioned clothes and has a spooky habit of appearing and disappearing in the blink of an eye. Despite their differences, there is a bond between the two girls. May, too, knows what it’s like to feel lost.
Cold in Summer is a 2004 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Praise for Cold in Summer

"Compelling. A genuine ghost story...that will draw readers eerily in." -- Kirkus Reviews

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COLD IN SUMMER by Tracy Barrett | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of COLD IN SUMMER . No way does Ariadne want to spend her seventh-grade year in a hick town in Tennessee just because her mom got a job at the university there.
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About the Author

Tracy Barrett

Tracy Barrett is the award-winning author of several books for young readers, including the Sherlock Files books, King of Ithaka and Anne of Byzantium. Her books have been named an ALA Best Book for young adults, a Bank Street best children’s book of the year, and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, among other honors. She is a professor of Italian language and civilization at Vanderbilt University and lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Cold in Summer
Tracy Barrett


Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, NYPL Books for the Teen Age


Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
May 2003
ISBN: 9780805070521
ISBN10: 0805070524
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 208 pages
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 760L
AR Quiz Number: 58203 EN
AR Book Level: 3.2
AR Points: 4


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