A Summer of Sundays [NOOK Book]

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Fans of The Mother Daughter Book Club (Heather Vogel Fredericks) and The Wedding Planner's Daughter (Coleen Paratore) series will fall in love with the humor, classic charm, and very determined heronine of Lindsay Eland's sophomore novel.

When you're the third of six kids, it's easy to get lost in the shuffle, but Sunday Fowler is determined that this summer she'll find the ...
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A Summer of Sundays

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Overview

Fans of The Mother Daughter Book Club (Heather Vogel Fredericks) and The Wedding Planner's Daughter (Coleen Paratore) series will fall in love with the humor, classic charm, and very determined heronine of Lindsay Eland's sophomore novel.

When you're the third of six kids, it's easy to get lost in the shuffle, but Sunday Fowler is determined that this summer she'll find the one thing that makes her stand out from her siblings.

And when she discovers a silver box in the basement of the library her parents are renovating, she might just have found something to gain her the attention she so craves. Inside is a series of letters addressed to "The Librarian" and a manuscript. But who wrote them? With the help of annoying neighbor-turned-new-friend Jude, Sunday is determined to track down the author. And when she unveils this novel to the world, she'll be famous!

But uncovering this manuscript means stirring up secrets that some people in the town hoped to keep buried. And Sunday must decide if some things -- loyalty, trust, friendship -- are worth more than her name in the headlines.

This title will publish simultaneously in electronic book form (978-1-60684-413-7).
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Sunday Fowler, nearly 12, feels nearly invisible, stuck in the middle of six siblings who always seem to get noticed by their harried parents. She sees her chance to make her mark when her father, who has been renovating a library several hours away, makes arrangements for his family to stay with him for the summer as he completes the job. Many moments of hilarity and conflict in the large family are nicely captured, but there are just too many of them. Readers may be initially sympathetic to Sunday's plight as the middle child, especially after she is left behind at a rest stop, but her constant tallying of slights quickly grows wearisome. She also comes off as a user. The friendships she strikes up are means to an end, and the mild mystery she tries to solve feels contrived. Also, it's a bit of a stretch to accept that the children would be allowed access to a construction site where no qualified personnel are working and be expected to pitch in and help one moment, and then be allowed to range freely around town the next because it is convenient to the plot. Other details that don't add up include sending Sunday down darkened stairs to an equally dark basement with a flashlight to count lightbulbs or having the ability to view activity on the front porch of a house from its third-story window.—Brenda Kahn, Tenakill Middle School, Closter, NJ
Publishers Weekly
Eland (Scones and Sensibility) crafts a graceful, leisurely paced story about 11-year-old Sunday Fowler, who yearns to stand out in her large family. Eclipsed by her two glamorous older sisters and three ebullient younger brothers, the often forgotten Sunday tries to make her mark the summer her contractor father and family move to a small town to renovate a library. The family's unwieldy but realistic dynamics are tinged with humor, even as Sunday's insecurities ramp up: her family forgets her at a rest stop, and she's iced out when her siblings choose rooms in their new house. When Sunday, a voracious reader, finds an anonymous manuscript in the library basement, she and her new friend Jude set out to locate the author. Eland crafts a memorable cast of small-town child and adult characters and effectively integrates their story lines. While the novel can be a bit slow, readers' affection for Sunday won't waver as this independent protagonist finds a way to balance her desire to be noticed with a growing maturity. Ages 8–12. Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (July)
From the Publisher
"Eland (Scones and Sensibility) crafts a graceful, leisurely paced story about 11-year-old Sunday Fowler, who yearns to stand out in her large family.' —Publishers Weekly

"Eland’s sophomore effort (Scones and Sensibility, 2009) is a contemporary story with the feel of a classic....this book is certain to stand out."— Booklist

Kirkus Reviews
An almost 12-year-old girl tries to distinguish herself from her five boisterous siblings in a very quiet coming-of-age tale. Eland (Scones and Sensibility, 2010) has crafted another thoughtful, slow-paced, character-driven story. The experience of being accidentally left behind at a service station as her family makes the trip to a small Pennsylvania town, where her father has been rehabbing the library, perfectly sums up for Sunday the position she holds: She's always hidden by the crowd. When her family returns a couple of hours later, not because they noticed her missing but because they lost their way, it reinforces her need to find a way to stand out among her siblings. Discovery of an old manuscript in the library cellar, possibly penned by an iconic and reclusive author, might provide the path to fame. Sunday, a strong reader who celebrates the value of good books, teams up with Jude, a sensitive local boy, to investigate the growing evidence that the story is somehow linked to an infamously withdrawn local man, Ben. Sunday's competent, low-key parents and realistically depicted, lively siblings are lovingly portrayed and may amuse readers growing up in more typical small families. Still, for many who pick it up, well-developed characters and a mild mystery may not be enough to sustain interest in this overlong effort. (Fiction. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606844137
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA
  • Publication date: 7/9/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 440,515
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Lindsay Eland knew she wanted to be a writer ever since fifth grade, when she won an honorable mention for her book What Can You Learn From a Giflyaroo. The book received rave reviews and was highly acclaimed among her family members. Sadly, with only ten hard-bound copies produced, the book is now out of print. (Skip tumultuous adolescence, when she aspired to be an actress on Broadway, a ballerina, a singer, a nurse, and a dental hygienist.)

After getting hitched to a wonderful guy she met in college and having four kids in four years, she decided she didn't have enough to do, so she began to write again with the passion and determination that always marked her character.

She has published one previous novel, Scones and Sensibility.

You can visit Lindsay online at www.lindsayeland.com and follow her on twitter @lindsayeland.
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