Secrets of the Cicada Summer

Secrets of the Cicada Summer

by Andrea Beaty


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From a debut novelist, a heroine who will make you laugh, and will break your heart.

Eleven-year-old Lily has a passion for Nancy Drew stories and a secret she is keeping from those she loves. When summer brings lying, stealing, sneaky Tinny Bridges to town, Lily must be on her guard with this perceptive newcomer, or risk having her secret revealed. But Tinny won’t leave Lily alone. She takes candy from the general store and blames Lily. She tries to steal Lily’s friends and even her father’s affection. Then Tinny goes missing, and only watchful, mystery-loving Lily has any idea what happened to her. But for Lily, finding Tinny means confronting her hidden past.

Funny, poignant, and peopled with memorable characters, this first novel announces a writer of great warmth and talent.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810984196
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 05/01/2010
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 604,346
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Andrea Beaty is the author of the picture books When Giants Come to Play and Iggy Peck, Architect, and the co-founder of the popular children’s literature blog She is the recipient of the prestigious Barbara Karlin Grant for picture-book writing from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Naperville, Illinois.

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Secrets of the Cicada Summer 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
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Not even finished but i already feel like i can say it is one of my all time favorite books!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a very cute story compared to all theothers totally worth ur money. Buy buy buy it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this is one of the best books I have ever read considering I have read it 4 times and almost rated it 5 stars. It is a book filled with mystery and questions that make you want to read on and on. So i reccomend this book for anyone and give credit to Andrea Beaty.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent book for the young adult reader. As a teacher, I like to read a book before I recommend it to my students. Secrets of the Cicada Summer was a quick read and it kept my interest throughout the story. Great writing, Miss Beaty.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lily has perfected the art of being invisible. For the past two years she hasn't spoken or looked anyone in the eyes. Everyone thinks she's brain damaged. But Lily has a secret. A secret she's never told anyone. When the new girl Tinny comes to town, Lily knows right away that she's trouble. Having read every Nancy Drew book in the library, Lily knows how to spy on Tinny and she's determined to keep an eye on her until she figures out what Tinny is hiding. The thing I loved most about this book was that it had the perfect buildup of suspense. From the very beginning when we find out that Lily is hiding something, I was hooked and the climax didn't let me down.
skstiles612 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lily loves reading Nancy Drew books. She loves them so much that she sneaks them out of the library to read them. Why does she sneak them out? Ever since an accident that took her voice, people have considered her brain damaged. She has let them. It is easier to handle the pain. Things change when a young girl named Tinny comes to town and discovers Lily's secret. She blames Lily when she steals from her great aunt. Lily is not the only one hiding something. Lily is sure Tinny is up to no good and just like Nancy Drew she is going to solve this mystery. This was a very good book. The characters were very believable. I didn't quite understand the situation with Lily's brother until I finished the book. Then I went back to the beginning and re-read the first chapter. It all clicked. There were two mysteries working side by side here. Great book. I recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries.
janiereader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Quick, great read. Beaty does a wonderful job of intertwining the story with bits and pieces of reality to bring the reader into the action. Twelve year old Lily does not speak. Not because she can't, it's because she chooses not to. Not since some terrible accident that everyone thinks has left her brain damaged. Due to this opinion, she is left on her own, a silent witness to the world around her. Without giving away the storyline, I would like to mention I particularly liked the father fingering his pocket overalls throughout the story. My only qualm is not the book itself, it's that it's a Sunshine State Nominee (Florida state prize) for students grade 3-5. Why do all the stories have to be about death? There are good stories out there that aren't so heavy.
Hagelstein on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another of my son's books that he highly recommended. Lily lives in a mid-western town with her father. She hasn't spoken since a tragic accident and now the town thinks she's a little off in the head. When a new girl comes to town and brings trouble with her Liliy is forced to decide whether she will talk again and risk revealing the secrets of the tragic night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tinny's actually a nice person!!!!!!!!!!! #1 book!
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Scott Wiggs More than 1 year ago
Sad but cute
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So mestirius
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