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  • 07/2013
  • 9780988875128 B00EETHVCS
  • 178 pages
  • $3.99
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  • 07/2013
  • 9780988875104
  • 178 pages
  • $9.99
Gold in the Days of Summer: A Novella

Children/Young Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

The summer of 1979 should have been a magical time of panning for gold in the creek and catching fireflies in a jar. Instead, nothing is turning out the way 12 year old Annie expected: her best friend is away at camp, Connor Bartlett barely notices her anymore, and her parents and sister, trying to protect her from the reality of her grandmother's illness, only seem to further isolate her. Desperate to find a sense of meaning in an ever-changing world, Annie turns to an unlikely confidant: a reclusive young veteran at war with his own past. As the summer days pass and her 13th birthday draws closer, Annie discovers that growing up doesn’t always mean leaving everything behind.
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Book Viral

A timeless telling with all the hallmarks of a classic, Gold In The Days Of Summer, is a superb example of a novella and is recommended without reservation.

International Rubery Book Award

An excellent, well-written and atmospheric story that looks at growing up, family life, love and understanding.  The book is suitable for the older child/young teenager,  and while there is no great adventure here, it has a charm that keeps you turning the pages.

Publisher's Weekly

It's the summer of 1979, Annie's 13th birthday is approaching, and change is in the sweltering air--none of it welcome. It's Annie's first summer without her best friend Ava, who is away at camp; the Vietnam veteran who lives next door, a confidante and adviser, is moving away; Connor, her neighborhood crush, seems smitten by the new girl moving into the vet's house; and her grandmother is sinking into dementia, something her parents try to shield her from. Annie's soulful attempts to sort things out are insightful and realistically muddled. Pogorzelski captures the sense of a girl holding onto the last days of a waning childhood--Annie prefers her memory-stained old sneakers to a new back-to-school pair, and she pans for gold in the local creek, which holds only rocks ("maybe everything was gold if you just looked at it the right way")--but who also recognizes that her life is at a turning point and that she's growing up. Relatable family dynamics enrich this promising debut. (Ages 12-18)

News
05/01/2015
International Book Awards Finalist

2015 Children's Fiction category finalist.

07/01/2014
International Rubery Book Award Category Winner

2014 International Rubery Book Award, Children's Category Winner.

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Other Ebook Details
  • 07/2013
  • 9780988875128 B00EETHVCS
  • 178 pages
  • $3.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 07/2013
  • 9780988875104
  • 178 pages
  • $9.99

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