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A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry
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Nov 04, 2009

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Meg is green with envy of her fifteen year old sister Molly, who has the qualities she wishes she had, beuty and popularity. When their family moves to a small house in New England their bickering increases and Molly's health takes a turn for the worse.Soon Molly is starting to visit the hospital frequently while her attitude changes drastically. After Meg awakens to find her sister drenched in blood she is sent to the hospital for a long period of time, leaving Meg's questions about her sister's well being unanswered.
This book is a great example of one of Louis Lowry's finer pieces of writing. Throughout the book my eyes were watering and I had a lump in my throat, A Summer to Die will just make you that emotional! I had no problems with this book except that the outcome of the situation is revealed right in the title! That's like changing the title of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to It Was All Just a Dream.
For those of you who just want a nice short book to cry to this book is for you. If you like the books that are sad, try reading Chains. It's about a girl born into slavery with a five year old sister who are sold to a couple in New York during the American Revolution. They have to endure the lack of respect and beatings that weren't in the life they had with their old master. What these two books share is that they both have sisters are lost from one another, and are very emotional.
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message 1: by Nika (new)

Nika I like the Alice allusion. Very clever.

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