Celebrate the Release of SUMMERLOST with....An Excerpt, Giveaway + A Special Letter From Author Ally Condie!!!
SUMMERLOST is Ally Condie's debut middle-grade novel!! (You probably already know her as the author of bestselling YA series Matched and stand-alone novel ATLANTIA!)
I'm really excited about her middle-grade debut!!!
Today, you'll have a chance to read an excerpt from SUMMERLOST, see a special letter from Ally about the book, and get a chance to win a copy of SUMMERLOST (there will be five winners!!) along with paperback copies of ATLANTIA and MATCHED!!!!
What a lucky day!!!
Happy Book Birthday , SUMMERLOST!!!!
Excerpt from SUMMERLOST!
A Special Letter from Ally Condie!
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 ♥
5 winners will receive...
a hardcover copy of SUMMERLOST, and paperbacks of ATLANTIA and MATCHED!!!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway