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Our Summer Rep Pick Title with Guest Reviewer Teresa

April 23, 2012

Every season we reps put our heads together and choose a “Rep Pick” title. For Summer 2012 we chose SUMMER AT FORSAKEN LAKE by Michael Beil, a perfect summer vacation-themed story with an intriguing mystery.

Today’s guest reviewer is Teresa, who is currently working with us in the Random House Kids Sales Dept as an intern.

Summer at Forsaken Lake centers around twelve-year old Nicholas, a New York City native who is not looking forward to spending his summer break in the country with his Uncle Nick, someone he barely knows, and his often irritating ten-year-old twin sisters, Haley and Hetty. Nicholas would rather stay in the city with his Mom and friends from his baseball team, or tag along with his Dad to Africa where he is working with Doctors Without Borders, a charity he has been volunteering with since the divorce. In fact, Nicholas would rather be anywhere but at Forsaken Lake, a town in the middle of nowhere where there will surely be nothing to keep him entertained. Before long Nicholas realizes just how wrong he was about everything: his uncle, Forsaken Lake and his first impression of how his summer would play out. It all starts when Nicholas meets Charlie, the local tomboy with a killer curve ball who quickly becomes his best friend and partner in crime. The story picks up when Nicholas discovers an old movie and a mysterious letter tucked away in a secret compartment in his father’s old room, which holds the key to why his father left Forsaken Lake and never returned so many years ago. Together Nicholas and Charlie seek to uncover the truth and find themselves uncovering much more than they originally bargained for along the way. 

Michael Beil really delivers with this heartwarming, adventure-filled book that brings back the nostalgic feelings of childhood when summer seemed to stretch on forever and one summer could change everything. Readers of all ages will relate to these characters who are attempting to both hold onto summer and their childhoods even with their teenage years fast approaching―a transition that everyone can connect with. It is a charming story about friendship, adventure, long-buried family secrets and growing up over the course of one magical and mysterious summer vacation.

Summer at Forsaken Lake will be available in your favorite bookstore or library on June 12, while you’re waiting for it you can check out Michael Beil’s The Red Blazer Girls–a fun mystery series. And be sure to check back with us at RAoReading for a Q&A with the author in June too.

Many thanks to Teresa for this lovely review, and thanks to all of our readers for joining us at RAoR. Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section for a chance to win an ARC of Summer at Forsaken Lake!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. April 23, 2012 8:13 am

    This sounds like the perfect summer read!

  2. April 23, 2012 8:14 am

    While on school visits, one of my assignments is for the students to make a list of their summer titles to read and then pick their favorite spot to read, tree, front porch, on their bed the choices are endless. What a fun and learning experience this can be. I remember as a kid having my list with me on our weekly trip to the library and hunting for my next book.

  3. hooray4books permalink
    April 23, 2012 9:34 am

    While I absolutely loved Precious Bones, which I understand was a contender for Rep Pick, I look forward to reading Forsaken Lake, and think it might be an easier handsell, too. Thanks to Theresa for a great review!

  4. April 23, 2012 9:56 am

    Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to check it out, but I have to admit, every time I see this title, I first read it as SUMMER AT FORESKIN LAKE, which sounds a little strange. ha ha

  5. Deborah Nelson permalink
    April 23, 2012 10:34 am

    A beautifully written review of a wonderful book perfect to sell to kids and to parents looking for a “good” book to take to camp or on vacation. I love the classic story, the perfect summer setting, and the movie-making aspect. I’m happy to see that it is the “Rep Pick” title for summer 2012.

  6. April 26, 2012 10:46 am

    Put in a request at my local library to purchase this one – and now we’re #1 on the hold list. I’m sure my son will enjoy reading this – such good recommendations here!

  7. May 4, 2012 11:18 am

    Great review, Teresa! Looking forward to adding more books to my summer pile and Foresaken Lake will undoubtedly end up a the top! #curveball #MichaelBeil #RAoR


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