Author: Ally Condie
After the devastating accident that killed Cedar's father and autistic younger brother, Ben, Cedar and what's left of her family return to her mother's hometown for the summer. They're just settling into their new house when a boy named Leo, dressed in costume, rides by on his bike. Intrigued, Cedar follows him to the renowned Summerlost theater festival. Soon, she not only has a new friend in Leo and a job working concessions at the festival, she finds herself surrounded by mystery. The mystery of the tragic, too-short life of the Hollywood actress who haunts the halls of Summerlost. The mystery of the strange Ben-like gifts that keep appearing for Cedar. And the mystery of how to rebuild your life when it's been torn apart by tragedy. Infused with emotion and rich with understanding, this touching middle-grade debut from Ally Condie highlights the strength of family and personal resilience in the face of tragedy.