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The Last Last-Day-of-Summer

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  174 ratings  ·  64 reviews
When two adventurous cousins accidentally extend the last day of summer by freezing time, they find the secrets hidden between the unmoving seconds, minutes, and hours are not the endless fun they expected.

Otto and Sheed are the local sleuths in their zany Virginia town, masters of unraveling mischief using their unmatched powers of deduction. And as the summer winds down
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Versify
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Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book was a short fun read where cousins Otto and Sheed, the legendary Alston boys who have saved the town many a time with their heroics, came across Mr. Flux and his magic camera which literally stopped time. The boys had to work double time to get to the bottom of this mystery and free the people who were frozen in time.

My first book by Lamar Giles, it was exciting in some parts, the characters Otto and Sheed were well etched. They were enthusiastic and bright. There were a few illustratio
What a fun book! Let me count the ways: 1) robots; 2) time travel; 3) mysterious evil person; 4) giant platypus-like creatures; 5) flying cars; 6) giant fly paper; 7) monsters trapped in mirrors; 8) frozen time; etc. etc. So much is going on in this book that makes it so engaging. Take all of this and pair it with a cousin team who solve mysteries in their slightly-off county that now have the fate of everyone they know and love on their shoulders, and you have a book that is going to be a favor ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm working to build a diverse library for my 5th grade students. This book would be a great addition!
Alex (not a dude) Baugh
It's the last day of summer in the rather strange town of Fry in equally strange Logan County, Virginia and Otto (Octavius) Alston is up early and wants to make the most of it. Maybe even have such an awesome adventure solving a big enough problem that the mayor would award the Legendary Alston Boys a third key to the city, especially now that he's just learned that the Epic Ellisons - twins Wiki and Leen - just received their third key. Unfortunately, his cousin Sheed (Rasheed) Alston isn't qui ...more
Sofiya Pasternack
What I Liked
Otto and Sheed are wonderful to follow along and read about. Their list of maneuvers is hilariously long! The notes Otto keeps in his notebook cracked me up too!

Entry #36: We froze time.
Entry #37: Sheed might be upset.

The whole adventure is very imaginative. I loved all the names for the different time people. There is even some heartwarming stuff in there (which I'm pretty sure is a spoiler, so I'm not going to include it!).

What I Would Have Liked to See
I had an ARC so it was printe
Casey Jo
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a pleasure from page one when Sheed and Otto encounter an ACK-ronym!

As billed, it's a bit Phantom Tollbooth, with the anthropomorphized concepts like "A.M" and "P.M," and (view spoiler) But it also gets into the heart of boy friendships and jealousy and feeling the need to prove oneself. And has a cartoon feel, a la Powerpuff Girls.

I read an ARC, and excited to see the artwork in the final. And hurray f
Shelle Perry
It is the last Monday in August. School is about to start and cousins Otto and Sheed are determined to do something special on this, the last day of summer. Adventure finds them as a photo taken with a camera from a mysterious stranger puts the entire town in a time freeze. These two resourceful tweens set out to make things right with the help of some out of ordinary, not to mention extraordinary, characters they meet along the way.

This story is the weird and clever of Gravity Falls meets Phine
Tori Darland
The book wasn’t too bad, a little weird: I did Not Finnish on pg:29
Ms. Yingling
E ARC from Netgalley

Cousins Otto and Sheed (aka The Legendary Alston Boys) live with their grandmother in Logan County, where they have lots of adventures involving dealing with the odd bits of magic found in their area. They have even won the key to the city twice, even though they have a rival in the Ellison twins for solving problems. On the last day of summer, they are ready to have another adventure, and Otto is making notes about the best prospects. When they are given a camera and have an
Jenna (Falling Letters)
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review originally published 30 March 2019 at Falling Letters. I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley.

The Last Last-Day-of-Summer introduces readers to cousins Otto and Sheed, established legends in their unusual county. The boys own two Keys to City for their services in investigating and resolving the extraordinarily ordinary happenings around their small town. (The keys live next to other souvenirs like a lock of banshee hair.) The story explores their friendship primarily fro
May 12, 2019 marked it as didn-t-finish
Too much going on and not enough character development for me to stay engaged in the audio. Perhaps I will give the print version a go in the near future.
May 08, 2019 added it
Shelves: read-in-2019
This took me a while to read because it is not my favorite type of book. However, there are a lot of great things about it. It reminds me a bit of The Phantom Tollbooth, and I liked the characters. It was particularly great that the boys were having an adventure and experiences that were fun and not focused solely on race. It’s a very appealing book and I hope it finds an audience!
Unfortunately, this has ended up in my "tried to read and just couldn't finish it" category. I read the first 100 pages hoping it would catch my interest and it just never picked up for me. It feels like this book is part of a series and I picked up the middle book. It keeps referring to all of these things and adventures the boys have had which probably would have provided a more solid foundation to build on. Instead I just felt a little lost and was constantly trying to figure out what was goi ...more
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
A very different perspective of a,story with children playing with the test of time wanting more of their lives. We have always been fans of misfits out to g their crazy minds together coming up with brilliant plans to have it be summer vacation forever but they always focus on the positive side and never the risky side where time will be changed and maybe gone forever and everyone will be non existent. This was goonies meets a time machine and such an enjoyable read.

Thank you Netgalley and the
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic, fantastical story! So many twists and turns in this time-travel adventure led by cousins Otto and Sheed, who use their unique talents to try and save the day when time goes haywire in their town. The boys are lovable from the very first chapter, and all of the characters (from the grandma to unexpected creatures to a pair of rival twin girls) jump off the page with tons of voice and heart. Kids are going to want to read this one again and again, especially black kids, who'll fi ...more
I'm not much for magical realism but I really enjoyed this book. I liked the dynamics between cousins Sheed and Otto. The characters were realistic, even given the unrealistic plot of fighting off monsters and robots, and freezing time of course. I also liked the fact that the characters were diverse. I see this book being popular in my library. I'd hand this to a 4th or 5th grader looking for a light adventure story.
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I received this ARC from the publisher at NYCC*

This story was so much more than just 2 kids solving a mystery! I think kids will enjoy the time freezing magical parts of it, but I hope they will also appreciate the parts that deal with the relationships between all the characters and the importance of following your dreams even if others belittle them.
Tonja Drecker
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
With a whirlwind of adventure, imagination and fun, this is a tale which grabs from the first page to pack surprise after surprise the entire way through.

Otto and Sheed are not exactly happy about it being the very last day of before school starts again. They aren't sure what to do with the day, but run into Mr. Flux who gives them a camera and claims it will help them capture the moments. After two photos, a portal suddenly opens up and Mr. Flux battles with a stranger...but then, Mr. Flux is d
McKayla Moors
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was an absolute delight from start to finish. A little Hardy Boys, a little Magic Tree House, a little something all its own. I've never read a kids' adventure book quite like this one, and I am hoping with everything I've got that there are more where this one came from.

My favorite part of the incredibly detailed world-building of Logan County is how ingrained in the culture of Fry the Legendary Alston Boys already are. We're not introduced to them as they're starting out, trying to m
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dv, childrens, fantasy, ov, aoc
So much fun! The book revels in zany weirdness, with a mile-a-minute plot. But it also manages to find time to highlight the relationship between the cousins in ways that I did not expect.

This is one of those books that often gets overlooked when we're talking about "excellence" in writing, but I'd argue that it does exactly what it sets out to do, and does so with excellence. Did it want to be a tender and moving expression of grief (the sort of books that get the awards)? Goodness no. It want
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cousins Otto and Sheed live in Logan County, a quirky place where mysterious occurrances often happen. Luckily this team of cousins, the legendary Alston Boys are shrewd detectives, who often boast they can solve the most complex of cases. This fast paced tale takes place during the last day of summer, as the boys grasp the sad reality that their freedom will soon end, school will begin the next day. Looking for an exciting adventure, instead an adventure finds them in the form of Mr. Flux a str ...more
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
We often say we need diverse books, and that diversity is necessary not only in racial representation but also in variety of stories we tell. And to this end we have the adventures of Sheed and Otto in The Last Day of Summer.

REVIEW👉🏿Sheed and Otto are amateur sleuths in their small town and each time they help solve a town mystery they are awarded a key to the city. And in this latest challenge, time has been manipulated to the point to where it has been frozen leaving the town in flux. The cou
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We often say we need diverse books, and that diversity is necessary not only in racial representation but also in variety of stories we tell. And to this end we have the adventures of Sheed and Otto in The Last Day of Summer.

REVIEW👉🏿Sheed and Otto are amateur sleuths in their small town and each time they help solve a town mystery they are awarded a key to the city. And in this latest challenge, time has been manipulated to the point to where it has been frozen leaving the town in flux. The cou
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cousins Otto and Sheed are lamenting the impending start of school and trying to decide what to do with their last free day when an adventure drops right into their laps. A man calling himself Mr. Flux offers to take a photo of the two, but before he can snap the pic, the sky opens up and another man appears warning them to take the camera and run, and NOT TO TAKE ANY MORE PICTURES.

They soon figure out that the camera is actually capable of stopping time, and the adventure that ensues is a wild
Alexa Hamilton
Apr 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: tween
Action packed fun with the Legendary Alston Boys! It only takes a few paragraphs to figure out that Logan County has some strange stuff going on and Otto and Sheed are forever in the middle of it. And all the weird stuff is real and get weirder!

When you wish summer wouldn't end and then time stops and you're the only people that can move, do you celebrate or fix it? Otto and Sheed try to fix it but it takes a long time, and a lot of work, and some new friends, and learning some stuff about old f
Margaret Boling
6/16/2019 ~ On starting this story, I felt as if I was entering the middle of a series, though apparently, the protagonists, Otto & Sheed, have had many adventures that haven't made their way into published books yet. While looking for one last summer vacation adventure, Otto & Sheed inadvertently freeze time in their town and have to work to unfreeze it. This book had lots of plays on words, with all magical characters based on phrases having to do with time: Clock watchers, Time Suck, ...more
Ames Public Library Youth Services
Two cousins, Otto and Sheed, live in Logan County, Virginia. You would think that they live a normal life, growing up together in their grandma's house. Sometimes they meet up with their rivals, two twin sisters who live nearby.

But what if I told you that Otto and Sheed are the Legendary Alston Boys? Their room is filled with trophys from various crimes they've solved, like a lock of banshee hair that sings when the moon is full. Or the two keys to the city that they've earned.

However, in this
Kendall H
May 08, 2019 rated it liked it
The boys really enjoyed this one. My oldest asked of there is going to be a second one, so that is high praise. I like the ducktales/weirdness factor very much but wished there had been better editing. Perhaps it was because I was reading it aloud, but I noticed a lot of errors and continuity issues. Several verb/noun agreement typos, changing the name of Petey's school halfway through the book, and one that drove me crazy - after making a huge deal about getting over a supernatural creek to los ...more
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, fantasy, youth, mystery
Otto and Sheed, the Legendary Alston Boys, are legendary for saving the day in their very unusual kind of magical county where anything can happen and usually does--but this case is different, personal, and almost impossible even with the help of a time traveler from the future. This book was super zany and amusing, and I adored Sheed especially. It's timey-wimey in some great ways, and has a ton of heart. The boys's relationship is wonderful, and the deductions clever and interesting. I'm presu ...more
Reading in the Middle Grades (Stacey DeCotis)
The Last Last-Day of Summer by Lamar Giles was a breath of fresh air. Cousins Otto and Sheed are legendary in their weird town. They wish for summer to never end and oddly get their wish - they find out time is frozen because of a "Missed opportunity" and mistake made in the past. They go on an adventure to try to reverse the time freeze and meet some interesting "Time" related characters like a Time Suck, TimeStar, A.M., P.M, Clock Watchers, Bed Time, Father Time, etc. They have to be careful t ...more
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Lamar "L. R." Giles writes books for teens and adults. FAKE ID, his debut Young Adult Thriller, will be published by HarperCollins in 2014. He is represented by Jamie Weiss Chilton of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency and resides in Chesapeake, VA with his wife.