Memories of Summer

Ruth White

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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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"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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Memories of Summer
Ruth White

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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
August 2000
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374349455
ISBN10: 0374349452
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 144 pages
Age Range: 10 and up
Grade Range: 5 and up Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 680L

$17.00

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