Thursday, 26 June 2014

The Perfect Summer Read for your middle grade girl ...

School comes to an end today. Long summer days beckon, the days when, if we're 11, 12, 13, 14 years old, we might dust off our library card, take out armloads of new books and find a perfect reading spot underneath a shady tree, where we'll read, read, read to our heart's content all summer long.
Of course, that may not be our experience at all. We may not enjoy reading as much as say, soccer, or baseball, or camp. But someone who loves us will tuck a book into our overnight bag, all the same.
Summer is magic, isn't it?
I wrote my new book, The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden, for long summer days spent under a tree, or in a camp bunk with a flashlight, in a stolen ten minutes after lights out. Gwendolyn's is a story about the very heart of summer, the very heart of being a young girl who is on the teen cusp, whether she's an avid reader or not. It's a magical read about a girl who discovers her strange new gift one summer, and although her gift is a pain to her at first, it gently shows her a new community, new truths about her family and her lost father. Finally her gift shows her a path she may choose to follow one day. I hope you'll introduce a young reader to Gwendolyn's story this summer, or take a step back into your own long-ago summers, however strange and lovely.

REVIEWS: Starred Review in Quill & Quire, Goodreads reviews, Book Trailer

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