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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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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • iraida
  • 2017/06/21

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!

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Babygirl93086
  • 2020/10/10

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.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mistina
  • 2021/04/02

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.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Nicole
  • 2019/03/21

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.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • shyiny
  • 2016/09/12

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.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Emily C.
  • 2021/04/14

You will cry...

Of course it’s a good book, it’s Lois Lowry! But wow, I wasn’t prepared to cry. If you’ve read any synopsis you know it’s coming, but it still struck me in a way I wasn’t prepared for. Very good, and definitely something I’d recommend to an elementary student who has experienced a loss.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Grace Marie-Thérèse
  • 2021/04/07

Timeless

I was in my late teens when this book was published and about 40 when I first read it to my daughter. Listening to the audio version 20 years later, after I have lost parents and a sibling, has been illuminating. According to the Wikipedia page—which gives away the whole plot, don’t look at it—this was Lowry’s first novel and is based in part on the death of a family member during her own childhood; she GETS it.

However, this is not one of those situational novels where all the focus is on one “life altering” YA experience, all else subsidiary, and populated by cardboard characters. Every character seems whole and complete and there are clues to each person’s backstory for the careful reader to see, even when the 13 year old Meg does not. Moreover, as Meg is a photographer, we see everything through a photographer’s eyes. If I were driving in the countryside in Maine and ventured down a dirt road, I believe I would recognize the old farmhouse where much of the book takes place. Lowry wisely left out cultural references (rock band names, fashions) but this book would inevitably a historical account of the mid-seventies even without the lack of smartphones and social media. If we have thankfully moved beyond having to choose between motherhood and career, we have also lost a way of life where generations lived on the same piece of land. This book is as much a story about losing that way of life as anything else.

But I am reading as a 60 year old, during a pandemic. Like any good story, it lets the reader engage. A ten year old will perceive it differently than a sixteen year old, or a forty year old or a 60 year old. Each will add layers of their own life, and the book works as well as a YA novel as a deeper read.

Finally, the narrator, Andi Arndt, is excellent. (Sometimes narrators of children’s and YA books get too... childish, as if they are speaking down to young ppl but Arndt never makes this mistake.) I remember when reading to my daughter, she stopped me when I got too emotional. Arndt does a much better job than I did; she speaks naturally, and captures the different ages and accents of the characters. The text of the book is excellent but Arndt makes it superlative. She’s a keeper and I shall look for her her other books.

In sum, despite the shortness of the novel, it’s definitely credit worthy. If it is still included in Audible Plus, adding it to your library is a no brainer. Download it, make a cup of tea, and enjoy 🫖

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Salina
  • 2021/01/07

Sap

I'm not crying you are. I do love this though. A very good read indeed.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • DeLana
  • 2020/04/09

Okay

For people who get lightheaded when things are gross or yucky, don’t read this, it has to do with blood and being rushed to the hospital, I stopped there when I heard about the blood, I don’t want to continue reading that! 😬😐 But then again before the “gross” stuff happened it was a great book!

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lhealy772
  • 2017/08/06

Ok

The book was to predictable to guess the ending if you know any thing about cancer.