In 1955, thirteen-year-old Lyric, her older sister Summer, and their widowed father pack the car. Poor yet hopeful, they move from the hills of Virginia to Flint, Michigan, where "Poppy" plans to find factory work. Once they are in Michigan, Lyric and Summer love the excitement of the city. Lyric makes friends at her new school, but Summer feels like an outcast. Soon, the close bond between the two sisters begins to dissolve. Lyric always knew that Summer was a bit odd, but now Summer withdraws more and more into a fantasy world. Filled with love and pain, Memories of Summer is Lyric's story of her sister's descent into mental illness. Newbery Award-winning Ruth White is noted for her ability to capture the conflicts and emotions that affect many young adults. Narrator Kate Forbes'gentle voice captures both the sisters and their changing world. For more by Ruth White, look for Weeping Willow, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
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"Newbery Award winner Ruth White, author of BELLE PRATE'S BOY and WEEPING WILLOW, is one the best young adult authors writing today. Her stories never fail to touch and enlighten her readers. It's 1955, and 13-year-old Lyric moves from the beautiful hills of Virginia with her sister, Summer, and her widowed father, seeking a life of more material gain in Flint, Michigan. Soon the close bond between the sisters begins to fall apart in the excitement of city life. Summer withdraws, becomes an outcast, her fantasy world taking over her real life. Filled with love and pain, this is the story of Summer's descent into mental illness, but also the story of Lyric's blossoming . Narrator Kate Forbes delivers a sweet, honeyed Southern twang, not overdoing it, but getting it just right. She handles the older sister's deterioration with a mix of confusion and bravado. Her understanding of the characters makes them come alive. D.G. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"
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