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Betty M

Lois Lowry is not terribly well known here in England which is a shame. When I was about 13 however I read A Summer to Die which I think was one of her first books. I have never forgotten it. An extremely successful British children's book in the same vein but written from the perspective of the girl who is dying is About to Die by Jenny Downham which I would also highly recommend.


Thank you for a beautiful review.
I'm pretty sure I've read this book, but didn't remember the details. However, I do remember the connection to certain books that get read over and over again.
(Mine were "The Dream Catcher" and "Invitation to the Game" by Monica Hughes, "A Tale of Time City" by Diana Wynn Jones, and "So you Want to be a Wizard" by Diane Duane.)


Sarah, I have not read any of those books you named, so I will have to change that immediately. Betty, I have not read A Summer to Die for years years, and I have never read About to Die, so I will add it to the list.

I also want to say that I realize this so-called review is very indulgent and wrapped up in my own experiences and I hope that is not too incredibly tacky. Yay for great books!


thank you for this review. I have been re reading Lowry from the public library and am extremely frustrated that they do not carry this book! it was so wonderful just like you described


I have recently been reading MOSAIC OF THOUGHT by Ellin Oliver Keene and Susan Zimmerman, it's about teaching reading comprehension to children. In it, the writer, Ellin talks a lot about helping children make connections with books, and how our experiences make the books our own and are different for each reader. I love recommendations that are more personal, they are so much more interesting to read, and show the purpose of reading more than just summarizing the storyline. So thanks. I can't wait to read this book!

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