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A girl named Summer
Garwood, Julie.
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Publication Information:
New York : Pocket Books, 1998.

Physical Description:
163 pages ; 18 cm
General Note:
"An Archway paperback."
Reading Level:
700 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.7 5.0 20703.

Reading Counts RC High School 4.4 7 Quiz: 04515 Guided reading level: NR.
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When Summer Matthews learns that her new boyfriend, David Marshall, admires girl athletes, she lies and tells him she's a track runner, and begins training for a six-mile race in order to impress him.

Author Notes

Julie Garwood was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1946. Her writing career began when the last of her three children entered school. Her first novel, Gentle Warrior, was published in 1985. She has written over 25 romance novels since then including Shadow Dance, Slow Burn, Murder List, Killjoy, Mercy, Heartbreaker, Ransom, Come the Spring, The Ideal Man, Sweet Talk, Hotshot, and Fast Track. Her novel For the Roses was adapted into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. She also wrote a children's book, What's a Girl to Do?, and has also begun writing a novel for young adults under the pseudonym of Emily Chase.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-9. A popular adult romance novelist tries her hand at writing for young adults. In this undemanding but engaging result, Summer falls in love with a boy she meets at a church hall where her grandfather plays bingo. Garwood uses lots of dialogue to keep things moving as the conflict develops. When David meets an attractive new girl, Summer becomes insecure and invents a lie about being a long-distance runner. Predictably, the lie leads to trouble: David registers himself and Summer for a six-mile charity race. The plot, which is filled with typical teenage circumstances, verges on the preposterous, but it is saved by Garwood's portrayal of the characters' caring relationships and the fact that she doesn't let Summer take the easy way out. --Shelley Townsend-Hudson

School Library Journal Review

Faced with a boring summer, Summer is ecstatic when she meets Dave at a bingo parlor. The snake in the grass is Ann, who schemes to take him away and who corners Summer into lying about her athletic prowess. Trapped, she has to train for a 10K race. Not unexpectedly, she comes to love running for its own sake, wins the race, and regains Dave from Ann's clutches. Nothing extra here, just the standard wish fulfillment, but the eccentric Grandpa is fun, and the running angle isn't bad. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.