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A summer of Sundays
Eland, Lindsay, author.
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Paperback edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Egmont USA, 2014.
Physical Description:
328 pages ; 20 cm
"Always lost in the shuffle of her large family, an eleven-year-old girl decides that this summer she'll make sure she stands out, and a discovery in the library basement may help"--
Reading Level:
680 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.3 10.0 159655.
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A sweet middle-grade title about getting lost in a big family and unlikely friendship.

Almost-twelve-year-old Sunday Fowler is a middle-of-the-middle child, and it's the absolute worst. Her sisters say she's too young. Her brothers say she's too old. And her parents remember the dog's name more often than they remember hers. But standing out is hard work when you have to help repair an old library and make sure your siblings don't steal your new best friend--or ruin all your plans. Then Sunday finds something in the library's basement that might make her so famous no one will forget her name ever again. But revealing her finding means stirring up secrets that some people in the town hoped to keep buried. Sunday must decide if some things--loyalty, trust, friendship--are worth more than her name in the headlines. A Summer of Sundays is a charming, funny celebration of family and finding friendship in unexpected places.

Author Notes

Lindsay Eland is the middle of three girls. She often had to wait for the bathroom, share a room and a bed with her sister, and sometimes felt forgotten. (Even so, she has always adored both of her sisters.)

She has published one previous novel, Scones and Sensibility .

Lindsay lives in Colorado with her husband and four children.

You can visit Lindsay online at and follow her on twitter @lindsayeland. The author lives in Breckenridge, CO.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Almost 12-year-old Sunday Fowler is the middle of six children, too young to hang with her sisters and too old for her brothers. Constantly worried that she will never stand out in such a large family, Sunday suffers the ultimate indignity when her parents drive off from a gas station without her and don't even realize that she is missing. When the family relocates to the small town of Alma, Pennsylvania, so that her father can help to renovate the town library, Sunday is determined to do something that will make her famous. A new friend, a cantankerous neighbor, and an anonymous manuscript discovered in the library basement are all the ingredients she needs. Eland's sophomore effort (Scones and Sensibility, 2009) is a contemporary story with the feel of a classic. Loving references to favorite books and a strong ensemble of supporting characters contribute to the well-paced and enjoyable story. There are no shocks in store for the reader, but Sunday is such a believable character, both in her self-doubt and in her ultimate triumph, that this book is certain to stand out.--Dean, Kara Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Eland (Scones and Sensibility) crafts a graceful, leisurely paced story about 11-year-old Sunday Fowler, who yearns to stand out in her large family. Eclipsed by her two glamorous older sisters and three ebullient younger brothers, the often forgotten Sunday tries to make her mark the summer her contractor father and family move to a small town to renovate a library. The family's unwieldy but realistic dynamics are tinged with humor, even as Sunday's insecurities ramp up: her family forgets her at a rest stop, and she's iced out when her siblings choose rooms in their new house. When Sunday, a voracious reader, finds an anonymous manuscript in the library basement, she and her new friend Jude set out to locate the author. Eland crafts a memorable cast of small-town child and adult characters and effectively integrates their story lines. While the novel can be a bit slow, readers' affection for Sunday won't waver as this independent protagonist finds a way to balance her desire to be noticed with a growing maturity. Ages 8-12. Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.