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Publisher's Summary

Acclaimed author Lois Lowry's first novel, A Summer to Die is a poignant and perceptive tale of love and tragedy.

Meg isn't thrilled when she gets stuck sharing a bedroom with her older sister Molly. The two of them couldn't be more different, and it's hard for Meg to hide her resentment of Molly's beauty and easy popularity. But now that the family has moved to a small house in the country, Meg has a lot to accept.

Just as the sisters begin to adjust to their new home, Meg feels that Molly is starting up again by being a real nuisance. But Molly's constant grouchiness, changing appearance, and other complaints are not just part of a new mood. And the day Molly is rushed to the hospital, Meg has to accept that there is something terribly wrong with her sister. That's the day Meg's world changes forever. Is it too late for Meg to show her true feelings?

©1977 Lois Lowry (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Heartwarming!

I first read the hardcopy of this book the summer I turned 12 years old or so. I always remembered it. I am 40 now and was soo excited when I learned it was an audiobook! I fell in love with this story all over again! It was a great throwback listen!

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Brilliantly written and completely relatable

Lois Lowry’s first novel, A Summer to Die is brilliantly written and completely relatable. A wonderful tale of love, tragedy and friendship.

Meg isn’t thrilled when she gets stuck sharing a bedroom with her older sister Molly. The two of them couldn’t be more different, and it’s hard for Meg to hide her resentment of Molly’s beauty and easy popularity. Just as the sisters begin to adjust to their new home, Meg feels that Molly is starting up again by being a real nuisance. But Molly’s constant grouchiness, changing appearance, and other complaints are not just part of a new mood. And the day Molly is rushed to the hospital, Meg has to accept that there is something terribly wrong with her sister...

There is a lot of emotions and powerful character sensitivity throughout this book. I found myself relate to Meg in many ways and I was glad to see that she has her photography to hold on to and create something that makes her feel like herself. I was surprised I didn't cry, but I think that's because the book wasn't very long and I didn't get a chance to really feel that deeply for the characters. All in all I think Lois Lowry did a fantastic job for her first young adult novel, Mind you this book was copyrighted in 1977.

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Nice story

Made me cry. Of course. It was a sweet sad story full of nice people. Heartwarming I guess you’d call it. Despite the sadness.

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Great book! I love Lois Lowry!

This was a wonderful book. Well written and very well read. I absolutely love Lois Lowry she always uses such wonderful description in her books which allows you to paint a very vivid picture in your mind.

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A story worth listening

Performed very well, depicting the remarkable story of maturing, sibling rivalry and loving. Meg and Molly's family reminds me and my cousin's growing up.

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must read if you love Louis lowry

her character development and story of loosing a sister while being young. learning to love life and all its people

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At first how it was written really put me off, but the end of the story really hit me and I loved the characters. I also loved the narrator as well!

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I love this book the characters are so real and the story will leave you a bit raw so be warned. Seeing the love they had for Molly broke my heart.

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Not for my liking

I struggle with books. I just couldn’t get into this book. Nothing caught my attention. But thats how i am. You may like it.

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Eloquent as always

As always Ms. Lowry has a gentle way of bringing you to the point of her stories. It’s a slow moving mourning that you know is there but like the character’s you are in a sort of denial. Some really memorable lines and concepts in this book.