Giveaway! Summerlost by Ally Condie, and exclusive letter from Ally!

Written by: Ally Condie
Release Date: March 29th 2016
Pages: 216, hardcover
Series: Standalone
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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.


How amazing does this book sound guys? I am thrilled to be working with Penguin and Ally Condie to bring you an exclusive letter from Ally and giveaway for Summerlost so you can get your hands on it ASAP! Although you might just join me at the bookstore later today and pick up a copy today. But I’ll stop blabbering about how excited I am and move onto why you’re really here:


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





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GIVEAWAY: Silent Alarm by Jennifer Banash [signed] [US only]

Hello, friends! Today, we have some excellent news–we’re giving away two signed copies of Silent Alarm by the amazing Jennifer Banash. Silent Alarm, the story of a girl coping with the aftermath of her brother’s school shooting, looks to be a powerful, intense story about family, grief, guilt, and surviving tragedy. Reviews have praised it for the honest and complex way it handles a difficult topic. I know I’ll be reading it. If you want to read it too, enter our giveaway below!


Written by Jennifer Banash
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Pages: 336, Hardcover
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Alys’s whole world was comprised of the history project that was due, her upcoming violin audition, being held tightly in the arms of her boyfriend, Ben, and laughing with her best friend, Delilah. At least it was—until she found herself on the wrong end of a shotgun in the school library. Her suburban high school had become one of those places you hear about on the news—a place where some disaffected youth decided to end it all and take as many of his teachers and classmates with him as he could. Except, in this story, that youth was Alys’s own brother, Luke. He killed fifteen others and himself, but spared her—though she’ll never know why.

Alys’s downward spiral begins instantly, and there seems to be no bottom. A heartbreaking and beautifully told story.

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This giveaway is open to US only, and will run until April 30th, 2015.