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Beyond the Shadows of Summer

Jonathan Zemsky (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-2565-3 ©2005
Price: $14.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 188 pages
Category/Subject: FICTION / General

In the summer of 1955, a young artist embarks on a journey of the heart to revive the passion and hope he once had before losing his brother.

Beyond The Shadows Of Summer is the story of fourteen year-old James Sayer and his struggle to believe in himself a year after his brother’s death. Working his first job, at the Illinois State Fair in the summer of 1955, James is torn between fond memories and feelings of sadness and guilt. Along the way, magical experiences with his zany friends, his first love, and even a maniacal bully keep James from the road to emotional destruction. Will they be enough to revive the passion and hope that James once had, or will he slip further into the shadows of summer?

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Customer Reviews

  Great Book!!! , 06/29/2005
Reviewer: Robert Young
This is an excellent book. It is very well written and tells a wonderful story. I would suggest this book to anyone over the age of 13.

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  Great book! , 09/01/2005
Reviewer: Antigone Gianareles
An unforgettable story of a young man’s journey through loss, love, and the teenage years. The story is well written with entertaining characters. Adolescents and adults alike will enjoy this book.

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  A great story! , 09/21/2005
Reviewer: Wayne
Through the eyes of this avid reader, a 4th grade teacher and a camp director for middle school age students for over 20 years, I can confidently say that not only will adults enjoy this book, but so will teens. Too often the subject of death/loss and teen angst is ignored or introduced at the end of stories (ie Bridge to Terabithia, Where the Red Fern Grows, etc.). Here is a refreshing book that deals with these issues from the first chapter. There is enough baseball, mystery and friendship issues/adventures to capture even a teen boys attention. Fellow teachers: this story has great potential for some in depth (middle school) classroom discussions and writings in areas such as; loss, bullying and love (romantic/family/friends). On top of all of this, a mysterious character and ending to challenge/engage even an adult's discussion group. I highly recommend this book.

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  Unique , 09/21/2005
Reviewer: Melissa Danziger
This book was different from any other! It brings on emotions, laughs and memories of when I was young. First loves, best friends and hard times. A great read! From young adults to senior citizens, all will find something in this book to relate to.

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  I couldn't put it down , 09/22/2005
Reviewer: Tracy Weitzel
I loved the book! I have already read it twice. It is very well written. The story line keeps the reader interested and wanting to know what will happen next.

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  Beyond the Shadows of Summer , 09/26/2005
Reviewer: Tara Savoie
Great storyline. The author manages to keep you entertained from start to finish. The characters are interesting and well developed which adds to the moral dilemmas that pop up throughout the book. An enjoyable read.

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