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A Summer to Die Hardcover – 22 Feb 1979

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Children's Books (22 Feb. 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722655266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722655269
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,957,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Not simply another story on a subject currently in vogue, this book is memorable as a well-crafted reaffirmation of universal values." Horn Book
"Not simply another story on a subject currently in vogue, this book is memorable as a well-crafted reaffirmation of universal values." Horn Book Guide --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Lois Lowry is the author of more than thirty books for young adults, including the popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader s Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, NUMBER THE STARS and THE GIVER. Her first novel, A SUMMER TO DIE, was awarded the International Reading Association s Children s Book Award. Ms. Lowry now divides her time between Cambridge and an 1840s farmhouse in Maine. To learn more about Lois Lowry, see her website at www.loislowry.com. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
I first read this book as a 15 year old and I'm now 31, but every so often I have to read it again because it is one of the most beautiful pieces of writing I know. It sensitively deals with a heartbreaking subject in a way which teenagers can relate to and understand. I have to rate it as one of my top 5.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had to read something for school to get a grade and I went to the school library and seen this book. It didn't look that long so I got it thinking that I wouldn't have to sit through it long, but once I began reading it I just couldn't put it down. It was so good! It was sad but it also made you think about life and your attitude towards it. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants something good to read!
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Format: Paperback
I read this about 30 years ago when it and my daughters were young. My memory was that it was intensely moving and one of the few books(then - there have been many since)that set out to deal with very serious issues for young people. Re-reading it, I'm not disappointed. It's weepy without being maudlin; it's dramatic without being melodramatic; it's positive without being saccharine. And it manages to see the work through a child's eyes (what is and is not understood, for instance)in a way that should be intereting to parents. It's the sort of read that can get a whole family talking - good.
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By A Customer on 19 Aug. 1998
Format: Hardcover
I read this book a very long time ago--about third or fourth grade. I remember sitting at home reading it among the noise of my family going on with their nightly routines. But most of all I remember breaking into tears in the middle of the book. This book is excellent, not only because it handles a delicate and scary subject so well, but because the characters are so expertly created that you feel you know them. I read this book many, many times. If I remember correctly, the girls in my class used to fight over it during library, with the lucky winner gaining the right to check it out for a week. I'm almost 22 years old now, and if I can still remember how this book affected me as a child, you know it has to be a very special book!
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By A Customer on 24 Jun. 1997
Format: Hardcover
A SUMMER TO DIE was one of the best books I've ever read. Meg envies everything about her sister, Molly, and even begins to get mad at Molly because she is so pretty. But when Molly gets sick, Meg realizes she didn't know what she had until she was loosing it.
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Format: Hardcover
This book first broke my heart when i was 15 years old, I am 37 now and it has stayed as my all time favorite read.
I really felt for Meg and the sadness surrounding mollys illness, I cant imagine how traumatic this would be for any teenager to comprehend.

I have recently downloaded a copy onto my 15 year old daughters kindle and i await her review but i'm certain she will love it as much as i do.
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By A Customer on 13 Jun. 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Well,the title tells you what to expect, so have your hanky handy! In this story told in the first person, a 13-year-old girl finally realizes that her older sister is dying. The family of 4 has moved to an old house in the country, so Dad can finish writing his book; yet our young and plain heroine is disgusted that she has to share a bedroom with her pretty and popular older sister.
Meg experiences many emotions towards her sister that year, until Molly becomes seriously ill. Meg also makes friends with unusual new, hippy-type neighbors and a kindly, bachelor photographer. That summer she learns a lot about herself, her talents (for they exist, but are not like Molly's) and her own, innate value as a human being, a sister and a daughter. In these 11 short chapters Ms Lowry offers great insight into the complexity of adolescence, as well as the acceptance of the death of a family member.
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Format: Hardcover
"A Summer to Die," was a great book. It was about two girls who have to face the new challenges, changes and having to make new friends when they move out of the city. Fifteen year old Molly has always been pretty, populair, and had an easy time making new friends. Molly already has a boyfriend in the first week they move their. But it does not come as easily to Meg, her sister. She can't make a single friend, and she is depressed. Her dad sits in his study all day writing a book, her sister is her usual, annoying, self. But one day Molly is rushed to the hospital and it is then that Meg knows that something is terribly wrong with her sister. Molly comes home and has a new drug she has to take. But Meg notices that Molly's long hair is falling out, Molly is loosing weight and she gets sick again. Read this story for yourself to find out the ending.
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