Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell

**Note: I am not a book reviewer, I just like to talk about the books I read and why I lovethem.**

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  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 183 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (February 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385735715

2010 Edgar Nominee-Best YA Mystery
2009 Allan Pick
2009 Junior Library Guild Selection

Nothing ever happened in Ondine, Louisiana, not even the summer Elijah Landry disappeared.

His mother knew he ascended to heaven, the police believed he ran away, and his girlfriend thought he was murdered.

Decades later, certain she saw his ghost in the town cemetery, fourteen-year-old Iris Rhame is determined to find out the truth behind "The Incident With the Landry Boy."

Enlisting the help of her best friend Collette, and forced to endure the company of Collette's latest crush, Ben, Iris spends a summer digging into the past and stirring old ghosts, in search of a boy she never knew.

What she doesn't realize is that in a town as small as Ondine, every secret is a family secret.

I have to admit, I'm not crazy about the cover but I loved this book. The new cover is better and you can see it by following the link at the end of this post.

SHADOWED SUMMER brought back a lot of memories for me, personally. Being a half of a century old, I'd forgotten what it felt like to be fourteen. I grew up in a small town, riding my bike everywhere or depending on my older sister's friends for a ride, that usually meant forking over a few hard earned bucks. I remember riding my bike to a tiny convenience store much like The Red Stripe for a coke and penny candy.

I loved the realism of the book. Yes, I said realism even though it involves a haunting. I felt like I was inside Iris' head through the whole story and it was exciting all the way to the end. Great summer read I highly recommend.

And it smells awesome.

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Inked Books said...

I loved this book. Awesome descriptions and a very unique ghost story.

Jen said...

I think you have an awesome view regardless of whether or not you're a real book reviwer or not!

This book made my list!!

L.J. Boldyrev said...

Thanks, Jen! <3

Travis, it was really unique. Kept me guessing.

Jessica Kennedy said...

It smells awesome? Why?

I don't love the cover either.

L.J. Boldyrev said...

You know how some books smell better than others? I hope you know, because otherwise I might be weird(er).

Jessica Kennedy said...

I know what you mean. I was just wondering if they scented the book or something. That would be awesome huh? Scented books? Like apple pie if there's a scene with baking apple pies....such as The Dark Divine...

Neat idea. :)

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