King Of Summer

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On the first day of summer vacation, eleven-year-old Artie falls into a lake and begins to drown. While underwater, Artie has a vision of Elaine, a little girl who died there decades ago in battle with an ancient evil being, a being that is awakening once more. Unless Artie and his friends can stop the creature called the Winter King from entering our world, it will turn everything in its path to its dark purposes. As the kids struggle with the universal issues of friendship, acceptance, love, and impending ...

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Overview

On the first day of summer vacation, eleven-year-old Artie falls into a lake and begins to drown. While underwater, Artie has a vision of Elaine, a little girl who died there decades ago in battle with an ancient evil being, a being that is awakening once more. Unless Artie and his friends can stop the creature called the Winter King from entering our world, it will turn everything in its path to its dark purposes. As the kids struggle with the universal issues of friendship, acceptance, love, and impending adulthood, they learn that they are not the first to fight this evil. Armed with two unusual magical items—a pocketknife and a baseball trophy—and with their bonds of affinity, they will brave the forbidding woods to face their foe, full in the knowledge that some of them will not return.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591295433
  • Publisher: Publish America
  • Publication date: 12/14/2002
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 0.58 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2003

    A SUMMER BREEZE THAT CHILLS

    I know this is supposed to a be a review of Wayne Wise¿s horror adventure novel ¿The King of Summer¿. It will be. I promise. But less than 24 hours ago I ended my second reading and found myself thinking of my childhood and of children in general. I was a quiet, industrious bookworm who lived too far from town to have more than a couple, much less, a group of friends. The lack of people close to my age, a wall of poverty and shyness created a mind looking for Robins, Hardy Boys, Tom Swifts. In my life a public library had heroes to lift me, inspire me and thankfully blind me sometimes to my surroundings. Children escape in many ways. The previous sentence is a fact you already know. Yes, this is a book about children. I suspect, when you read this tale, you will revive several characters from your past. Go ahead and take this advice. Substitute them in this story. Hold up a yardstick and see if their notches on your mental doorway are as deep and measure up. Children as heroes and villains have been used before (I thought of The Lord of the Flies and It for examples). This book offers more. Young ones, teens making or forced to make moral/immoral decisions, come alive in this story. Cowboys and Indians, cops and robbers? Playtime is not that simple. You will see. Youth situations and suspenseful, surprising endings are delivered with heroic vocabulary. This book has one of the best character introductions ever written (you have to meet Vivian!). Mr. Wise¿s psychological grip on his characters is as tight and scary as an angry father, as all-inclusive and seeing as a mother¿s eyes and yet unconditionally gentle and patient as grandparents¿ love. Great stories bring with them a treasure chest of emotions. The King of Summer comes with dark gems of evil strung together by golden threads of hope. A great tale of intense horror and adventure drawn from a legend familiar to young and old that will implore you for a second read. I might add that it will not take the three months of summer to do so.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2003

    READ THE KING OF SUMMER

    As a native of Western PA I decided to read The King Of Summer just from its jacket description. I do not usually read fiction/fantasy, so I was very pleased to find out that this book is a good read no matter what your interests. What makes this book, is it's honesty in dealing with it's characters. Some readers may be shocked by the frankness in subject matter, but I remember all of the things in the book happening to me or to someone that I knew at the same age that it happens to these characters. I could honestly recommend this book to most anyone reading this review. I can say that I would read any thing else that Mr. Wise would write as well based on the strength of this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2003

    A Rising 'King'

    I stepped into a preternatural world when I read King of Summer and could not put down the book. Wayne Wise combines suspense, horror, love, and unity to create a supernatural tale parallel to the works of Stephen King and Dean Koontz. Wise's characters are plentiful, but they are so distinct and believable that each has left an indelible impression in my mind. Warning: Wise could be the next King, so be prepared for gore, heartache, sex, drug abuse, and profanity.

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