The Mending Summer
Some summers are just meant to break your heart.
Georgia can almost feel hers cracking a little more every day, like a clay pot left in a kiln too long. Daddy is working nights, and often the man who comes home isn’t Daddy. He’s the man Daddy turns into when he drinks—the Shadow Man.
With her father sinking deeper into alcoholism and Mama struggling to keep the family afloat, Georgia is sent to stay with her mysterious great aunt in in the country. Soon, Georgia meets Angela—a girl with secrets of her own—and together they discover a magical lake. At first, the lake offers Georgia thrilling adventures with her new friend. But as things grow worse at home, the magic threatens to spiral out of control. . . .
Award-winning author Ali Standish explores the courage it takes to piece your heart back together again when those closest to you break it.
"STANDISH HAS CREATED A TIMELESS TALE OF DISCOVERY, GROWTH, AND RELATIONSHIPS. RECOMMENDED FOR ALL LIBRARIES SERVING MIDDLE GRADE READERS."
- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, STARRED REVIEW
"RICHLY RENDERED...READERS WILL BE DRAWN INTO THIS STORY OF FRIENDSHIP, MAGIC, AND THE HEARTBREAK—AND HEALING—OF ADDICTION."
"STANDISH ONCE AGAIN MERGES FANTASY ELEMENTS WITH REALITY IN A CAPTIVATING WAY... THIS NOVEL WILL ENGAGE MANY READERS."
Cover illustration by Sarah J. Coleman