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An Evening with New York Times Bestselling Author Ally Condie!

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Submitted by kmorrison37 on Tue, 03/14/2017 - 5:30pm

The Newtown Bookshop and the Free Library of Northampton Township are excited to host New York Times and internationally bestselling author Ally Condie on May 9th at 7pm for a free event at the library!  Ally will be featuring her newly released middle grade paperback, Summerlost.


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The novel tells the story of twelve-year-old Cedar. Last year, her family was whole, and then her father and youngest brother, Ben, were killed in a devastating accident.  It’s their first summer as just three, and Cedar, her mother, and her brother Miles have moved to the small town of Iron Creek. 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 on Cedar’s windowsill. 

Ally wrote a beautiful essay about friendship and the inspiration for Summerlost for The Nerdy Book Club last year. You can read it here.

Praise for SUMMERLOST by Ally Condie

A 2017 Edgar Award nominee

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

“tender, insightful… Generous and bittersweet, “Summerlost” has the emotional acuity of Ms. Condie’s writing for older teenagers, but it’s pitched just right for readers ages.” – The Wall Street Journal

Summerlost” is swift and ­entertaining. It reverberates with feeling.” – The New York Times Book Review

« “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 portrayal of grief so real you could brush it with your fingers.” – Scholastic Teacher

“packed with action, adventure and friendship.” – Colorado Kids

“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

“Summerlost is a sensitive look at the power of family and friendship in the grieving process, with humor and mystery that will draw in boy and girl readers alike.” – BookPage

“…this heartfelt, powerful novel excels in every way.” Books to Borrow, Books to Buy

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

“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


Ally Condie is the author of the MATCHED Trilogy, a #1 New York Times and international bestseller. MATCHED was chosen as one of YALSA’s 2011 Teens’ Top Ten and named as one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Children’s Books of 2010. The sequels, CROSSED and REACHED, were also critically acclaimed and received starred reviews, and all three books are available in 30+ languages.

She is the founder of the non-profit WriteOut Foundation, which runs–a writing camp for teens that allows students to work with published authors, experience the outdoors, and enjoy other activities (plays, costume balls, rock climbing, and more).

Ally lives with her husband and four children outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, writing, running, and listening to her husband play guitar.

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Free Library of Northampton Township
25 Upper Holland Road
Richboro, PA 18954
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ISBN: 9780142421710
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ISBN: 9780399187216
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Published: Puffin Books - May 9th, 2017

The first middle grade novel from internationally bestselling author Ally Condie comes to paperback.