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A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry
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Apr 22, 2011

really liked it

Loved the book. Hated the title. For most of the book, the little sister doesn't know her big sister is terminally ill. But of course the reader gets hints along the way--LIKE THE TITLE! I guess the publisher thought middle-grade readers wouldn't pick up on the subtle storytelling and therefore had to make it abundantly clear that someone dies in the end.

Gentle, realistic telling of a turning point in a family's life. Some details might seem a bit dated to today's young readers--a landlord who otherwise seems open-minded has issues with the idea that a couple he's renting to might not be married--but the book's themes of changing relationships, growing up, death, and finding your way are all timeless.

To fans of Lowry's more famous work, The Giver, be aware that it's a very different kind of book. Rather than commenting on society as a whole, Summer to Die is a quieter, character-driven tale.

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