Tuesday, March 29, 2016

SUMMERLOST by Ally Condie / Release Day Blitz & Giveaway


SUMMERLOST, a new middle grade book by Ally Condie, is out today! Fans are already praising this new book, and it's one I feel may be Condie's best work yet! I'm thrilled to be apart of today's release day blitz, which includes an exclusive letter from Ally, as well as a giveaway, and don't forget to get a sneak peak inside Summerlost, by reading an excerpt below!


A Letter from Ally Condie

Dear 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,
Ally Condie

ABOUT THE BOOK
By: Ally Condie
Published by: Penguin Random House
Released on: March 29th, 2016
Purchase from: Penguin Random House | Amazon | B&N | IndieBound
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It's the first real summer since the devastating accident that killed Cedar's father and younger brother, Ben. But now 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. 

Infused with emotion and rich with understanding, Summerlost is the touching middle grade debut from Ally Condie, the international bestselling author of the Matched series, that highlights the strength of family and personal resilience in the face of tragedy.


READ AN EXCERPT
Link: http://issuu.com/penguinteen/docs/summerlost_p1-19?e=0/34476640




PRIASE FOR THE BOOK:

A Spring 2016 Kids' Indie Next List Top 10 Pick!

Named one of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Children’s and YA Books of Spring 2016


“Condie (Matched) strikes a deep emotional chord with this coming-of-age story.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review


“Multiple, seemingly random details, including a family of turkey vultures that now roost outside Cedar’s window, an absurd soap opera narrative of a woman buried alive, and Leo’s quest for a trip with his father, coalesce into metaphors that help Cedar make sense of her grief and the life she now has to look forward to. Thoughtful, poetic chapter endings guide readers new to psychological depth toward meaningful connections between plot events and thematic reflections.” – BCCB 


“A moving tale of friendship and loss. I loved these characters—I wish we could have been friends when I was a kid.” –Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven and Five Kingdoms series


“Ally Condie’s first middle grade book might also be my favorite out of ALL her books to date. Summerlost is a story packed with nostalgia, heart, and gorgeous prose.” – The Novel Novice


“A nuanced portrait of grief deeply grounded in the middle-school mind-set.” – Booklist 


“Honest, lovely, and sad.” – Kirkus Reviews


“A sweet, heartfelt story.” – School Library Journal 


“Achingly good.” – Summer Laurie, Books Inc.

3 comments:

  1. I'm a fan of Ally Condie and can't wait to read this book! I enjoy contemporary fiction and this book has been getting great reviews.

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  2. I've been hearing so much about this book!

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