Secrets of the Cicada Summer
When summer brings lying, stealing Tinny Bridges to town, Lily must depend on her own wits to keep ahead of this sly newcomer. Tinny takes candy from the general store and blames Lily....more
Lily doesn't speak and she doesn't look people in the eye. People in town whisper "brain damage" but that isn't it. Lily doesn't want to talk or have people pay attention to her. She has made herself invisible because of something bad that happened. One day a mysterious girl named Tinny comes from Chicago. She sees Lily and begins trying to learn her secrets. But Tinny has lots of secrets of...more
At first I hated the main character. In the beginning she said she didnt use her words or look anyone in the eyes because 'she didn't want anyone to know anything about her'.
And I thought that was pretty pathetic, actually, i wanted to smack her in the face right then. Because, um. Ya know, it sounds very stuck up..I hated the main character right then. Didn't like Tinny at all, even at the end.
But, when I found out why the main character didn't use her...more
Twelve year old Lily hasn't talked in years. Not to her father. Not to her classmates. Not even to Fern, the grandmotherly owner of the small town's general store. Most people assume that she has brain damage, a resulting from the events of "that night", an assumtion that Lily doesn't bother to correct. In truth, she just wants to be invisible, vowing to silently keep guard over the dark and tragic secret of what really happened "that night" .
Lily's invisibility is challenged when Fern's grandn...more
If you have a thirteen year old female in your life, this would be a good gift.
Lily has read every Nancy Drew book in the library. She's great at spying clues and keeping secrets. She has to be. She has secrets of her own that no one can ever find out. When summer brings lying, stealing Tinny Bridges to town, Lily must depend on her own wits to keep ahead of this sly newcomer. Tinny takes candy from the general store and blames Lily. She tries to steal Lily's friends and even her father's affection. Worst of all, she seems to know Lily's secret. When Tinny goes mi...more
Lily has been invisible for the past two years. She doesn't talk, she won't look people in the eyes, and the townspeople think that she's brain-damaged. She's not, but she's content to have them think that and leave her alone. She sits unresponsively in school, but when nobody is around, she loses herself in Nancy Drew mysteries. Tinny, the new girl in town, unexpectedly stumbles across the fact that Lily can read, and makes it her mission to torment Lily with the knowledge. But Tinny...more
In Secrets of Cicada Summer, Lilly's expecting another quiet and smoth...more
Is this the best book I've read in awhile, no. Is it a good book, yes. I love the way Beaty wrote. I felt for Lily, for her silence. I felt for Lily when she met Tinny who blamed things on her. Who was this girl, Tinny? Why did she act the way she did? I cared about the characters in this book and can't wait to recommend it.
Summary: Twelve-year-old Lily mourns her brother, and has not spoken since the accident she feels she could have prevented; but the summer Tinny comes to town she is the only one who realizes Lily's secret.
The only thing that would have made it better would have been to actually read it in summer, instead of the dead of Chicago winter. I miss the cicadas.
My favorite thing about reading aloud with Grant is seeing his reactions to plot twists in these older MG books. He is genuinely shocked and thrilled with each turn of the story.
The front half of the book was really strong. Beautiful rhythm.
It tumbled towards the end a bit, but mysteries do that.
Still in love with Beaty's prose though.