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Ally Condie and SUMMERLOST

Posted by Tami Brown on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 @ 15:03 PM

We're celebrating the launch of current student Ally Condie's big new book SUMMERLOST.  

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Sometimes it takes a new friend to bring you home. It's the first real summer since the accident that killed Cedar's father and younger brother, Ben. Cedar and what’s left of her family are returning to the town of Iron Creek for the summer. They’re just settling into their new house when a boy named Leo, dressed in costume, rides by on his bike. Intrigued, Cedar follows him to the renowned Summerlost theatre festival. Soon, she not only has a new friend in Leo and a job working concessions at the festival, she finds herself surrounded by mystery. The mystery of the tragic, too-short life of the Hollywood actress who haunts the halls of Summerlost. And the mystery of the strange gifts that keep appearing for Cedar.

SUMMERLOST is a middle grade novel published by Dutton. It's available in bookstores everywhere today.

 

Topics: middle grade, 2016 release, Dutton, Ally Condie

Emily Wing Smith and ALL BETTER NOW

Posted by Sarah Johnson on Wed, Mar 09, 2016 @ 08:03 AM
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Congratulations to Emily Wing Smith for the release of All Better Now, a memoir about how a near-fatal car accident when she was twelve saved her life.  
ALL HER LIFE, EMILY HAS FELT DIFFERENT FROM OTHER KIDS. Between therapist visits, sudden uncontrollable bursts of anger, and unexplained episodes of dizziness, things have never felt right. For years, her only escape was through the stories she’d craft. But it isn’t until a near-fatal accident when she’s twelve years old that Emily and her family discover the truth: a grapefruit-size brain tumor at the base of her skull. In turns candid, angry, and beautiful, Emily Wing Smith’s captivating memoir chronicles her struggles with both mental and physical disabilities, the devastating accident that may have saved her life, and her way through it all: writing.
Emily tweets at @emilywingsmith

Topics: memoir, 2016 release, Emily Wing Smith, Dutton

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