Secrets of the Cicada Summer
  • Imprint: Amulet Books
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2008
  • Price: $16.95
  • Trim Size: 5 x 7 12
  • ISBN: 0-8109-9472-0
  • EAN: 9780810994720
  • Page Count: 176
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rights: North American English

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.


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 Threesillychicks.com. 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.