Summerlost by Ally Condie

(272 Pages AR: MG 4.1 Points: 6.0)

Summerlost is the touching debut middle grade novel from the YA author, Allie Condie.

It's the first summer since a devastating accident killed Cedar's father and younger brother, Ben. Cedar and her mom are moving back to the town of Iron Creek (where her mom grew up) for the summer. Soon after moving into their new house a boy dressed in a costume rides past Cedar on his bike. Intrigued, Cedar follows him to Summerlost (a renowned summer renaissance theatre festival) It's not long before she becomes friends with Leo and he helps her get a job working concessions at the festival. She's excited about making a new friend and keeping busy, but quickly finds herself surrounded by an unfortunate mystery: the tragic, too-short life of a Hollywood actress who haunts the halls of Summerlost.

I really enjoyed this charming, well written story.

If you enjoy Summerlost, you'll probably like Maybe a Fox and Hour of the Bees too!

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