The Summer Prince

By Alaya Dawn Johnson
(Arthur A. Levine Books, Hardcover, 9780545417792, 289pp.)

Publication Date: March 2013

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Spring '13 Kids List
“June Costa lives in a pyramid in Palmares Tres. Her society is a matriarchy and has been since most of Earth was ravaged. While a Queen rules, each year there is a Summer King, a young man chosen to co-rule for one year. After his year of power, the Summer King is killed. But what happens when both June and her best friend fall in love with Enki, the new Summer King? This book has it all: a dystopian world, romance, art, and the struggles of coming of age. This book will steal your heart!”
-- Marika McCoola, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA


Description

A heart-stopping story of love, death, technology, and art set amid the tropics of a futuristic Brazil.

The lush city of Palmares Tres shimmers with tech and tradition, with screaming gossip casters and practiced politicians. In the midst of this vibrant metropolis, June Costa creates art that's sure to make her legendary. But her dreams of fame become something more when she meets Enki, the bold new Summer King. The whole city falls in love with him (including June's best friend, Gil). But June sees more to Enki than amber eyes and a lethal samba. She sees a fellow artist.

Together, June and Enki will stage explosive, dramatic projects that Palmares Tres will never forget. They will add fuel to a growing rebellion against the government's strict limits on new tech. And June will fall deeply, unfortunately in love with Enki. Because like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.

Pulsing with the beat of futuristic Brazil, burning with the passions of its characters, and overflowing with ideas, this fiery novel will leave you eager for more from Alaya Dawn Johnson.




About the Author
Alaya Dawn Johnson began writing The Summer Prince while on a train, traveling three thousand miles across America. But her love of Brazil started much earlier as a child listening to the music of Joao Gilberto, and as a young woman traveling there with her sister and cousin. She attended Columbia University and lives in New York City. This is her first young adult novel. Visit her online at www. alayadawnjohnson.com.
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