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Frozen Summer (Remembrance "Mem" Nye)

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In 1815 Remembrance "Mem" Nye and her family pack up their covered wagon and head for the Genesee Country in western New York for a better life. But their first summer in their new home proves more difficult than they ever imagined. Papa's crops are ruined by the severe frosts, so food is scarce. And since the birth of baby Lily, Mama has been having terrible spells. Now P ...more
Hardcover, 180 pages
Published November 15th 1998 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published 1998)
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Frozen Summer continues the story of Remembrance (Mem) Nye and her family. After building a cabin and planting crops Mem is beginning to accept that this is now her home. Now in the spring of 1816, Mem’s mother is about to give birth. Immediately following the successful birth of a beautiful girl, Mem realizes that her mother is not well. Though her mother becomes physically stronger, she shows no interest in the new baby and demonstrates little awareness of what is going on around her. Graduall ...more
Wayne Walker
It is June of 1816, and twelve year old Remembrance “Mem” Nye lives with her Papa Jeremiah, Mama Aurelia, and five year old brother Joshua, in a one room cabin in the Genesee Country of western New York. Having come from Connecticut the year before, the family is going through a cold, hard summer in their new home because there is barely any food since Papa’s crops were destroyed by the late season frosts. Mem’s Mama has never gotten used to their new home, and after she gives birth to baby Lil ...more

Twelve-year-old Remembrance Nye (Mem to her family) seems clumsy and more a burden than a helper when Mama gives birth to a baby sister in their primitive one-room cabin in the wilderness of Western New York State in 1816. But Mama is terribly homesick for her family in Connecticut; she all but ignores the pitiful baby in her private anguish. Gradually Mem realizes that her mother's mind is at risk; Mrs. Nye wanders in and out of reality and sobs in loneliness because h
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Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mem-nye-trilogy
Remembrance Nye’s mother is too fragile for the rugged frontier of upper state New York. She has just given birth to a girl. She views this event with great pessimism instead of the joy that Mem thinks her mother should feel. When Mrs. Nye refuses to name the baby, Mem begins calling her Lily. Then several summer frosts come. Each frost kills the young fledgling corn crop. Each crop death pushes Mrs. Nye closer to the edge of insanity. Mem must give up school to take care of her mother, Joshua, ...more
May 06, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls 9-15
Second in a series of three books about Mem Nye and her family's move to New York and all the ensuing adventures.
I liked this book less than I liked the first one. It takes a tragic turn and there is a lot going on in the book to keep one reading it. However, I couldn't help comparing her mother (who suffers with mental illness/depression over the family's circumstances) to Mrs. Ingalls, who never let anything get her down. She just bucked up, made the best of each situation and carried on. I t
Bonnie Helbach
I read this book because I came across it while weeding the library. Liking historical fiction, it looked interesting. I liked the book. It is part of a trilogy which I didn't realize until after I started the book, it is the second in the trilogy. The book can be read without reading the first. The story gives a good feel of life in the wilderness in the early 1800s New York. I liked the dialogue and the way the author made you feel like you were in the story. I especially like the author notes ...more
This is second in a series about an early pioneer family in the region of the Erie Canal.

In this book we really come to see how ill-equipped and unprepared Mem's parents really were for the pioneer life. Her mother suffers serious post-partum depression, while her father becomes more and more disconnected from the family. Meanwhile Mem is left to cope on her own with her little brother and infant sister.

This book takes place during a famous summer for bad weather. There were blizzards and free
Mz. Diana Gagliardi
A very interesting story of frontier life in 1816, the year without a summer. Killing frosts in June and July made it so food was scarce, and a mother with "spells" where she can't do any of the tasks necessary including caring for a newborn daughter. 12 year old "Mem" ends up in charge of everything, including the baby and her five year old brother while also providing most of the food for the family.

A dramatic and quick tale of another time.
Jun 09, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Our main character is a girl about our age named Rememberance Nye, her and her family moves to Western New York. The unbearable freezing weather kills off all the crops in the farm and they hardy have anything to eat. The father develops an drinking problem and is barely home anymore. Rememberance's mother give birth to Lily her little sister but due to lack of care and constant bleeding Mem's mother dies shortly giving birth to Lily.
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Jul 03, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Sharon Johnson
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story and want to read more from the author. It kept my interest through the whole story
Emily Farrar
All of these books scared me when I read them... I was only like 9...
Feb 24, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great! Great! Great! Book that you have to read because its a true story and its great for people who like adventure, sad, and happy book.
Jacey Mingerink
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly touching and inspiring story.
Mar 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and it made ne start to cry towards the end. Funny thing though, is that I had no clue that this was the second book in a series...I'm definetly going to look for the others now.
Amber Schamel
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A tragic tale that you won't forget.
Sep 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids
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Shelves: elementary
Favorite book of the trilogy, but it is sad.
I thought this book was sad but very good. Now I am going to read The Road to Home.
Sep 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading this in 3rd grade. I do actually remember it though. It is a great book.
Andrea Croskey
A little heavy for kids, but we enjoyed it.
Ayesha Ahmed
Jan 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great historical fiction
Book two in this series explores what happens to Mem's family after they settle in Western NY. They happen to arrive right before the freakish "frozen summer" of 1816 - blizzard in June, crops repeatedly devastated. To top it all off, Mem's mother is suffering spells of depression and mental breakdown following the birth of a child. The book really pulls no punches showing how her condition is not supported in any way - Mem's father refuses to even let the neighbors know about it, thereby cuttin ...more
Aug 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kristin Holt
I enjoyed Frozen Summer (book #2 in the Remembrance "Mem" Nye series) right after book #1 and enjoyed them both very much. The historical accuracy of the 1816 summer-that-wasn't when New England experienced winter-like temperatures and severe crop failures made for an exciting backdrop for Mem Nye's story. I felt such compassion for this 11-year old girl who wanted to somehow salvage her family, obey her parents, protect her newborn sister, and somehow manage in the heavily forested Genosee Coun ...more
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