CICADA SUMMER by Andrea Beaty

CICADA SUMMER

Age Range: 9 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Feeling responsible for her brother’s accidental death, sixth-grader Lily Mathis has not spoken for two years when storekeeper Fern’s niece Tinny Bridges arrives in their small town, determined to discover Lily’s secret and bringing a mystery of her own. In her first full-length novel, picture-book author Beaty weaves elements from Lily’s favorite Nancy Drew stories together with a moving picture of a child emerging from a shell of grief. She presents readers with a Chicago gangster, a sports car and a clue in a Tootsie Pop wrapper, but also two motherless children coping with additional losses in their particular ways. In mid-20th-century Olena, Ill., everyone knows everyone’s business and adults still gather at the local store to gossip—rich territory for aspiring young detectives. Lily’s first-person narrative cuts back and forth from the present day to her memories, and the details of her brother’s death and the reasons for Tinny’s odd behavior become mysteries for the reader to solve as well. An interesting extension for Nancy Drew fans, this may create some new ones as well. (Fiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-8109-9472-0
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: Amulet/Abrams
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2008




Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >

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