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This book is unofficial because I read it many times as a child, though haven t seen it in probably ten years What I can t believe is that it s actually out of print Fortunately there are enough copies of this wonderful book floating around to make it easily findable.I just learned that A Summer to Die was actually Lois Lowry s first young adult novel, written in the 1970s, well before the Anastasia books and Number the Stars and The Giver and basically being one of the most important writer of children s books, ever But it is also one of the best books she s written.There is a quality to some children s literature that is very hard to find in other books It is also hard to find in much of the recent kid lit being published, although maybe I m not looking in the right places You can find it also in Louis Sachar s There s a Boy in the Girls Bathroom and From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler and most of Katherine Paterson, and I don t even know how to describe it doing it justice It is kind of like sadness, but complex Children s sadness is underrated And adults who write about children often forget it, or reduce it too simplistically.Anyway, I love this book, a whole lot. I remember really enjoying this book What can I say I love stories about people with cancer, especially young people And, as an only child, I also love reading about families siblings, and this is a great sister story. This was the first book that made me cry I can remember being on my bed crying my little 11yr old eyes out and loving every minute of it This is a book that everyone should read, especially if you have a sister A gift from Amy Thank you Amy I finished reading this at 2 30am this morning when I couldn t sleep.I almost didn t want to read this because it is like a little dandelion poof of a book, it is so super small I was like, I ll blink and I ll miss it What if I hurt it I d never read it before because as a kid I was snotty about the kill me now melodramas of Lurlene McDaniel and ilk Please see Somewhere Between YA Lit and Death However, this meant I overlooked a lot.The handling of these experiences of death is so elegant here I liked how most of the biggest information is told not through first person dialogue declaration, reaction but by simple narrative statements, sometimes right in the middle of a chapter The news itself is important and dramatic enough to make impact in a few sentences And I liked how once it was clear Molly was dying, her disease still wasn t named for a while this isn t a book about leukemia, it s a book about Meg and Molly and their family and neighborhood.The jaw drop factor came from the birth scene, for which I am giving the book an extra eleventy stars though GoodReads only shows 5 It is just it is just The detail is incredible, and everything that is said couldn t be perfect The symbolism of this entire subplot is perfect, but this is a 100% perfect chapter of book.The ending is also perfect not just leaving us with a meaningful moment in Meg s connection to her sister, but viewing Meg having a personal lesson that is just as important. 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This book has stuck with me for so long, and I remember reading it in my mom s car, with The Beach Boys God Only Knows playing in the background The title eluded me until I was hunting around on here, and I am glad to have finally figured it out I have two sisters and we all read this book I think having sisters really brings this book to a new level My sisters and I don t always get along, especially when we all lived in the same house However, when something happens to a sister, we are excited or sad depending on the situation I have read this book again and again because it reminds me that even though I might not like my sister today, I still love her This book has made me cry on multiple occasions Once, I picked it up and started crying at the first chapter and did not stop for the entire book I read it in one sitting It is very well written and perfect for young girls who have sisters. This is a beautiful story about sisters I recommend it to anyone that has a sister or best friend that they feel that close toit s beautifully written a short read that leaves an impact. 4.5 StarsThis was Lois Lowry s first children s book that began her writing career And for a first book like this, that s a good debut meaning to break anyone who reads it.This is the story of Meg and her older sister Molly Although Meg had a good hobby of shooting photographs, she envied her sister by being pretty, having a good style of hair, and having a kind of future coming ahead for her While Meg felt she didn t have quite the purpose That is until Molly got sick Molly may have come to be preoccupied when it began with nosebleeds and slowly got okay soon enough, the strange illness recurred worse Only to result for the young sister that Molly will never be coming home from the hospital again.It was very moving, it had a beautiful scenery, and it was breaking me all at once It was written in the most autobiographical way when Lois Lowry was influenced by the death of her older sister back in her young years Having the feeling of envy can be natural in the way of life, but this story teaches that though one may have had something you didn t, deep inside you did have something all along I am pleased to have remained strong through the whole book. From my perspective, this is a coming of age novel where thirteen year old Meg learns to accept the surroundings and rediscover herself among the company of different types of people which quite contradicts with the title.I assumed that the novel is about Molly s death or the relationship of Meg and her sister Molly But as I continued reading, it seemed about Meg herself, her outlook, her hobbies, her thoughts on things Even Molly s death is not portrayed well and rather than expressing how her death affected everyone, it shows how much Meg has improved in her life It s not like I didn t enjoy the book, but the title seems totally irrelevant to the content, which came as a bit of a disappointment for me.