The Hidden Summer

The Hidden Summer

By Gin Phillips

Dial Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780803738362, 198pp.

Publication Date: June 13, 2013

After a falling out between their mothers, 13-year-old best friends Nell and Lydia are forbidden from seeing each other for the whole summer. Nell struggles with the thought of not only losing her best friend, but also losing the only person in whom Nell finds refuge from the difficulties she faces at home. Determined to find a place of their own, Nell and Lydia spend the summer hiding out in an abandoned golf course where Nell and Lydiafind mysterious symbols scatteredthroughout the grounds. As theyreveal the secret of the symbols, Nell discovers she isn't the only one seeking haven and begins to uncover what's really been "hidden" all along, finally allowing herself to be truly seen.
Hidden Summer is a quietly beautiful coming of age story about self-discovery, family, and friendship. An elegantly written children's book debut from an award-winning author in the vein of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn "and for fans of "Moon OverManifest.

About the Author
Gin Phillips is the author of "The Well and the Mine", winner of the 2009 Barnes and Noble Discover Prize in Fiction, and Come In and Cover Me. Sherecently wrote her debut children s book, The Hidden Summer. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband, children, and dog.

Praise For The Hidden Summer

"A story of leisurely self-discovery and emotional survival, a serene, thoughtful mix of family difficulties and summer magic." - The Horn Book

"The girls are sympathetic, credible characters, and readers will enjoy their successful execution of a common childhood fantasy." - Publishers Weekly

"Phillips’ prose is both fluid and plainspoken, evocative in a way easily accessible to preteen readers; her Alabama golf course is a blend of secret garden and Crusoe-esque island, simultaneously giving her protagonists both peace and adventure." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Readers will be gratified that Nell’s resolve and courage in ultimately standing up for herself result in a hopeful conclusion." - School Library Journal

"A satisfying psychological journey." - Kirkus Reviews