I really love Ally Condie and this week is the release of her new middle grade book, Summerlost. I just got my copy in the mail and am eager to read it! Below is a sweet letter from Ally to her readers:
I think most of us have had our hearts broken. Sometimes we can see it coming, and sometimes it comes down with the unexpected force of a sudden gale of wind or a rising of waters that we thought were still and safe. Loss is universal to human experience, but the way we each feel and recover is one of the most personal things we do.
In Summerlost, Cedar is dealing with the loss of her father and younger brother. And my intent was to show how hard their deaths are for her. But this is also a book about the healing power of friendship. Most of us have been broken-hearted; I hope that most of us have also discovered the miracle of friendships that were just what we needed. Cedar and Leo’s friendship is based on someone I met when I was twelve. Like Leo, my friend was fun and liked to enlist me in crazy adventures (although we never gave a secret guided tour of our town the way they do in Summerlost). And, like Leo, he thought I was wonderful and of worth at a time when I needed it most.
SUMMERLOST is my attempt to pay tribute both to the pain we feel and the friendships that save us. Thank you so much for supporting this book, and for your willingness to give Cedar’s story a try. I hope it makes you think of a wonderful friend of your own, whether that is someone you met in the pages of a favorite book or outside, in the world where it is often hard and beautiful to live.
Best wishes and happy reading always,
If you want a copy and a chance to win two other goodies from Ally, fill out the giveaway form for a chance to win!
And if you are like me and lack the "luck" for giveaways, here is where you can grab a copy:
Thank you Word Spelunking & Penguin Kids for hosting this giveaway and putting Summerlost on my radar!
Still not convinced or want more on Summerlost?
Read the first 19 pages here: Summerlost Excerpt
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