Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Great and Awful Summer

The Great and Awful Summer by Mitzi Dale is a new young adult novel, published by Nimbus Publishing with very obvious Wuthering Heights references:

The Great and Awful Summer by Mitzi Dale
  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Nimbus (October 30, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 1551096145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551096148
Sarah Leanne Lockwood has decided to spend her summer working at a rustic Cape Breton resort—even though it means missing her favourite soap opera, Willow Heights, for a whole summer. Little does she know that she’ll end up embroiled in a far more complicated storyline! One of Sarah’s workmates, Ellen, is full of stories about Willow Heights’ star Ellis Bell—she used to nanny his kids in California. It soon becomes evident that Ellis is in town; he and his wife own a swanky house on a private island very near the resort, and are summering there. Why Cape Breton? Why is everyone so tight-lipped when it comes to the famous couple? Sarah and Ellen find out more than they ever wanted to know when they sneak onto Ellis’s island, and Sarah discovers that even the immensely wealthy can have dark and ugly secrets. Sarah is another smart and original protagonist from Mitzi Dale. She’s wry, sardonic, flawed, hilarious, and far too critical of herself—in other words, a completely authentic teenaged character. This story deals with complex relationships and the terrible burdens seemingly “together” adults can carry.

Mitzi Dale’s books feature gritty, independent and spirited protagonists, which has made them hugely popular with young adult audiences. She has published five young adult novels, including Governor General’s Award-shortlisted Bryna Means Courage. She lives in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

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