• A Summer to Die

  • By: Lois Lowry
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (408 ratings)

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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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lovely book. sad and sweet

Andi Arndt brings Meg alive in this beautiful story of growing up in the country, the seasons changing, and everything in between.

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Lovely story

I have read many (all?) of Lowry's other books and taught Number the Stars and The Giver many times in my class. I had never heard of this one..her first. so glad I found it. what a sweet touching story of love and family.

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great book

Great book.
the book is very entertaining, and interesting.
very well narrated as well.

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Love this book

This is one of my favorite books of Lois’. Was so glad to see it in the plus catalog.

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fantastic book

The narration was excellent. The characters seemed alive. Sad but not depressing. Uplifting and positive ending.

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  • Alima Bello
  • 03-15-22

This book is so sad

🚫Spoiler Alert🚫
This book is so sad I mourned over it for hours cried every time I remembered Molly I connected to Meg in a way I can not describe she was so understanding I feel like if it happens to me I would acting that way too! Molly was such a wonderful girl and was to young to go overall a good book