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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ember; Reissue edition (April 24 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385734204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385734202
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 0.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #386,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A warm picture emerges of a family bound together by caring and closeness. . . . Meg's sorrow as well as her joy comes pouring out in this perceptive tale."—Booklist, Starred

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Meg isn't thrilled when she gets stuck sharing a bedroom with her older sister Molly. The two of them couldn't be more different, and it's hard for Meg to hide her resentment of Molly's beauty and easy popularity. But now that the family has moved to a small house in the country, Meg has a lot to accept.

Just as the sisters begin to adjust to their new home, Meg feels that Molly is starting up again by being a real nuisance. But Molly's constant grouchiness, changing appearance, and other complaints are not just part of a new mood. And the day Molly is rushed to the hospital, Meg has to accept that there is something terribly wrong with her sister. That's the day Meg's world changes forever. Is it too late for Meg to show what she really feels? --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book in 6th grade (or so) when it first come out. It had an impact on me (I feared a friend had leukemia because she was getting nosebleeds), and I never forgot it. I reread it yesterday and realized how powerful and well-written it truly is. It's an amazing first novel (from someone who went on to write other of my favorites).
While the book rarely mentions Meg's school life (and never any contemporary friends), it still conveys a sense of her whole life. I cried for her, for Molly, for their whole family. And I was angry with the parents for not sharing the seriousness of Molly's illness with Meg sooner.
It's a keeper (and I wish I'd kept my copy!)
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By A Customer on Nov. 29 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book was a good book. It was very well written and rather enjoyable. I recommend this book to middle school girls because it is an easier book to read and is about two sisters.
A Summer To Die took place in the "boonies", or out of town, mostly. The Chalmers have to move because the father has to write a book and needs quiet. The move is only temporary but still the two girls dislike it. Eventually they adjust.
The protagonist, Meg Chalmers is a friendly, average girl who is into photography. She and her older sister, Molly, fight frequently, like any other two siblings. One day after they have gotten into one of their predicaments Molly gets one of her nosebleeds. She gets these nosebleeds when she is stressed. This one is not like all the others though, and Molly has to be rushed to the hospital. The doctor says that her blood does not clot right and gives her pills to take. Molly starts to change dramatically; she is more moody and easily set off. She also does not have the same interests, such as babies, boys, and looking pretty, as she did previous to taking the medicine. She takes up new hobbies such as flowers, which she never would have done before.
Overall I found this book to be very good. It has happy, sad, suspenseful and very intriguing parts to it. Middle School girls would probably enjoy this book most. A Summer To Die was a good book that was enjoyable and fun to read.
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By A Customer on June 4 2001
Format: Hardcover
A SUMMER TO DIE was one of the best books I have ever read. This book has had a big impact on my life and it has made me look at some people in a very different way. It has also made me treat others with respect, ecspecially my family more than anything, even if they aren't your favorite person/people in the world. You should respect family more than anyone or anything because family comes first! Blood is thicker than water! In this book, thirt-teen year-old Meg enivies her sister, Molly because she has everything Meg wants! She has beauty, boyfriends all the time, and gets all the attention. Sometimes, Meg even gets mad at Molly becuase she is so pretty. But when Molly starts getting very sick, Meg realizes she didn't know what she had until she was loosing it. In the end, Molly died of a very sick disease called leukemia. Meg was terribly upset but she had to move on and remember the good times they spent together. In this book, I feel the author wanted everyone to learn that we should all respect who and what we have because you never what your going to lose or when your going to lose it!
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By A Customer on July 27 2000
Format: Hardcover
In Lois Lowry's 1977 novel A Summer to Die, the author constructed an intimate and effective piece of first person, realistic fiction. The narrative is from the perspective of a thirteen-year-old girl who is going through experiences and perceptions typical of the age. Meg, the thirteen-year-old, envies her older sister, Molly, for her outward appearance and popularity while expounding her own awkwardness. Meg's family makes a move to the country to enable her father to complete thesis work and this move compounds Meg's feelings of awkwardness as she must adjust to a new school and make new friends, which is difficult for Meg while simple for Molly. Meg befriends the owner of the property, which her family has rented, and through this friendship, explores and discovers her inner strength as a maturing young lady. The novel's climax is unique as Meg must draw on strength she did not know was possible. This novel would be an excellent choice as both a supplementary piece in the classroom during a unit on personal growth or death. In addition, I would recommend A Summer to Die to students as a "choice novel" for sustained silent reading.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a great story about a 13 year old girl, named Meg, and her 15 year old sister, Molly. They move to the contry, so their father can write an english book. They lived in the city their whole life, so going to the contry was a BIG move. Molly is fine with it. She knew she would make friends quick, because of her great personalty, and she was very pretty. Meg, on the other hand, did not want to go at all. She knew she wouldn't make friends at all because, she thought she was an unattractive girl. Well, any ways they had to move no mater what Meg thought. In their new house, Molly comes down with a rare sickness. I couldn't put this book down!! It was so moving, it made me want to be closer to my own sister. We were just like Molly and Meg. We never really talked to one another. Now I know a tone about her! If you like all the Chicken Soup books, you will love this one. The only thing I didn't like about this book was the way it took sooooo long to explain things, but I guess that makes it a good book, to some people.
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