A Summer to Die

A Summer to Die

Book - 1977
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Thirteen-year-old Meg envys her sister's beauty and popularity. Her feelings don't make it any easier for her to cope with Molly's strange illness and eventual death.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1977
ISBN: 9780395253380
Branch Call Number: J LO
Characteristics: 154 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Oliver, Jenni


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Mar 24, 2015

Read this book years ago...several times! One of my favorites. It's sensitive, well written and beautiful. Very sad though.

Dec 04, 2012

Dec 2012 - Lois Lowry touched on the sensitive subject of the death of a sibling in ‘A Summer To Die.’ Her books are very well written and they can be enjoyed by any juvenile reader. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

jeanner222 Sep 14, 2012

When Francine Prose’s Goldengrove was published a few years ago, I immediately thought of A Summer to Die. It was in this novel for young adults that I was first introduced to Gerard Manley Hopkins’s famous words:

Margaret, are you grieving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?

If I remembered this novel so vividly, it must be good. And it is!

Briefly, the Chalmers family moves out into the country for a year. And in that year, everything changes, especially for sisters Meg and Molly. Meg is thirteen and brainy and awkward. Molly is fifteen and beautiful and bubbly. The tension between the sisters is palpable until Molly gets sick. What starts out as nosebleeds turns into a diagnosis of leukemia.

Our story focuses on Meg and how she handles her sister’s illness, as well as coping with her own adolescent concerns.

The writing is beautiful and lyrical. The emotions are raw and real. What I appreciate most about this novel is how the author focuses on the pain experienced by Molly’s family. Molly isn’t the melodramatic dying main character. Instead, Lowry focuses on Meg, her uninformed and conflicted sister, who’s just trying to find her way in the world. And on top of that, she’s also trying to survive her sister’s illness and eventual death.

This novel is far more real and sensitive than the tripe currently being published for young adults. This is a novel that transcends generations—librarians should be sure to keep it on their shelves.

DEON JAMES Aug 22, 2012

Was alright for a short book

Aug 05, 2012

Very good. A lot of emotional depth. Made me cry.

Jun 06, 2012

I laughed and I cried, and everyone I know who has read this book does the same.

Nov 02, 2009

I loved this book. A great story about coming to terms with death. It's about the importance of family, friends and sisters.


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Dec 04, 2012

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 20, 2012

Thirteen-year-old Meg has always envied her older sister's beauty and popularity and finds it difficult to cope when she learns of her strange illness and eventual death.


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