The Mixed-Up Summer of Lily McLean by Lindsay Littleson was the winner of the 2014 Kelpies Prize. It is the author’s first book, which is incredible as it is so self-assured, imaginative and engaging. We enjoyed it so much that this is our first dual review. This is a book that really deserves more attention and is a perfect middle grade read.
Lily has two brothers, Hudson and Bronx, and two sisters, moody teen Jenna and a little baby sister called Summer. Lily is older than Summer and her two brothers but Jenna is her nemesis. So when Jenna turns down her Gran’s offer to take her to Millport Lily goes instead. But the only problem is she’s hearing voices but she can’t really tell anyone can she? No. But after a while she is able to see the voice in a body, a body that she recognises, and she realises the danger she is in…
This book is one of the best books I’ve read all year. The plot has not been in any other children’s books I have read. The author has a knack for writing so that you really get sucked into the book and go on the same emotional rollercoaster as Lily. It was really well written and put together with a super imaginative plot that was unlike anything I have read before. I really enjoyed it and chose it for a book project at school. A top recommended read!
Once I could wrestle this book from Christy, I thoroughly enjoyed it. All the characters are well developed and the story takes the reader on a journey with the main character. I liked the realism of the family set-up and that combined with the timeline revolving around Lily McLean being about to start High School made this a really relatable book for that age group. It was certainly perfect timing for us! The supernatural element of the story was unexpected and helped make it a real page turner. A gripping and exciting read that gets a big thumbs up from us.
We received a copy of The Mixed-Up Summer of Lily McLean from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Parent guide: the perfect middle-grade book, ideal for ages 10-11 in particular, would be a great book for keen and reluctant readers alike.