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Cold in Summer (Cold in Summer #1)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  168 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 203 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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 Mummy Cat Claire
I found this book at the library by chance. It was in the children's section and I thought why not give it a try. I like children's ghost stories because they are not scary but more about solving a mystery.
At 203 pages it is quite short for me, considering some adult books go on for 600+ pages, I felt it was a great story. I liked the way the author developed the story as more of a mystery for kids to figure out the clues.
The main character is named Ariadne. The author sneaked in an excuse for
Dec 27, 2011 Cici rated it liked it
This is a ghost story. The ghost is a girl named May Butler who one day, about a hundred years ago, got lost in the woods. Her family could never find her. May's mother had died leaving May in charge of Her younger siblings. Her mother told her to watch over them and take care of them always. So May took very good care of them while her father tried to keep his farm going. When May got lost and then died, her ghost stayed to take care of her younger siblings. Once her sister got lost, and May's ...more
Jun 13, 2010 Christi rated it liked it
Ariadne's family has moved to Tennesse from Florida and she really misses her old life and best friend. As the summer ends and she starts exploring the area around her home before school she meets a strange old fashioned girl name May, near the lake.

Later Ariadne decides to learn more about the lake by her house for a school social studies project after finding out it was man-made and that an old town lies at it's bottom. While investigating the lake she hears about a girl named May Butler who
Dec 16, 2015 Alyssa rated it really liked it
For my December book report, I decided to read Cold in Summer. It is by Tracy Barrett. The genre is fiction. The main characters are Sarah, Aridiane, Henry, May, Lacy, Aridiane and Henry's parents, and Caroline. The book takes place at Aridiane and Henry's home, the woods right across from there home, and there school. In the story, Aridianes parents move from Florida to Tennessee, where Aridiane meets a girl named May. Almost every time Aridiane sees May, she will vanish. Once Aridiane asked Ca ...more
Oct 09, 2015 Muni rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy a book to give you a little chill, this is a book for you. Ariadne, having to move from Florida to Tennessee, feels lonely and unhappy in her new town without her best friend. While struggling to make new friends, she meets someone a little peculiar: May Butler. When it turns out that there is more than meets the eye about May, Ariadne looks for answers. When she puts the story together,will she be able to help May in the way she needs it? I enjoyed how it was gentle and fast-paced, ...more
Talulah Mankiller
Sep 08, 2010 Talulah Mankiller rated it liked it
Ariadne’s family moves to rural Tennessee and she’s real whiny about it because she had to leave all her friends behind. Eh. Sorry, these plots don’t do much for me, because I was a military brat and SUCK IT UP, YOU BIG BABY. Anyway, because she’s all lonely and sad and shit, she starts seeing a ghost. No, seriously. Aaaaaaaaaand…yeah, once again, in my desire to pick something short, omigod SHORT, I overshot the mark and got something that I’m just too damn old and grumpy to appreciate. The mys ...more
Linda B
Apr 04, 2016 Linda B rated it really liked it
I like paranormal stories with a happy ending and this fits the bill. I felt sympathy for the characters and remember the non-paranormal feelings when your family moves to a new place and you have to start over knowing nothing about the people and making friends and leaving your old friends behind.
Jun 11, 2010 rr added it
I read (and really enjoyed) Barrett's YA novel Anna of Byzantium in the fall, and I was interested to see how she would treat non-historical subject matter, so I ordered a more recent YA novel of hers, Cold in Summer. I enjoyed it very much, as well. Barrett has a fine touch, and I'm not sure how she does it, but she writes novels that are quiet page-turners.
I liked this book because it was really mysterious. What made the book a great book was the riddle: I’m in a place that is cold in summer and warm in winter. I would recomend this book to anyone that likes ghost stories and/or mysteries.

Oct 23, 2011 Mara rated it it was amazing
This was the book that started everything for me. Before this book I HATED reading. Then I read this, and I completely captured me. Since then I haven't been without a book in hand more than two days.
Mar 24, 2009 Maggie rated it it was ok
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Feb 24, 2015 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
This was a gently creepy/spooky novel - perfect for tweens who want to shiver while they read but sleep well at night.
Jan 31, 2011 Jami rated it it was amazing
this is my favorite book so far. all the way through the book you are questioning the possibility's to the end!
Jan 22, 2009 Daria rated it really liked it
Gee, I'm really delving into books I've read AGES ago. Anyways... this one had given me the chills. As I remember. Sad, and poignant at times. (At least, it was.)
Feb 04, 2012 Ania rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent book! With an astonishing story line. When a ghost May butler comes everything's changes for the new girl in town.
Shelby Martin
this book was kind of haunting. a story of a city girl who just moved to podunk, nowhere where she is greeted by an eerie mystery of historic proportions. clever, but overall an easy read
Sep 07, 2011 ℂamryn rated it really liked it
I loved this book! It was an very entertaining ghost story, but also a heartwarming story. It made me shiver at the thought of being alone in a cave with a girls bones. And the mystery is so complex.
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I was born in 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio, and grew up mostly in New York state. I went to college in New England and graduate school in California.

The first book I ever read by myself was called Little Bobo and His Blue Jacket. I still have it. I learned to read when I was three, but I know now that this doesn't mean much. My brother didn't really read until he was seven, and now he reads more and re
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