Frozen Summer by MJ Auch

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In 1815 Remembrance "Mem" Nye and her family pack up their covered wagon and head for the Genesee Country in western New York for a better life. But their first summer in their new home proves more difficult than they ever imagined. Papa's crops are ruined by the severe frosts, so food is scarce. And since the birth of baby Lily, Mama has been having terrible spells. Now Papa must rely on young Mem to take care of her sister and brother, and especially her sick mother. Mem's struggles go from bad to worse when Mama and Lily disappear in the woods on a cold and stormy night. It's up to Mem to find Mama and Lily and bring them safely home.

In a powerful companion novel to the highly acclaimed Journey to Nowhere, twelve-year-old Mem comes face-to-face with the hardships that befell many early settlers. Mary Jane Auch writes about mental illness during pioneer times with compassion and hope in this gripping historical novel.
 

About MJ Auch

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Mary Jane Auch is the author of Journey to Nowhere, which the Horn Book said was "laced with fascinating details." Ms. Auch has written and illustrated many books for children. She lives in the Genesee Country near Rochester, New York.
 
Published November 15, 1998 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 180 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Fiction

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The second installment of a frontier trilogy that began with Auch’s Journey to Nowhere (1997) is the vivid story of courageous Mem Nye, who faces responsibilities that would tax a strong adult.

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Even better than its predecessor, Journey to Nowhere, this sequel gets its title and some of its exceptional historical color from the dire weather conditions that afflicted New England and New York in the summer of 1816.

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In a starred review of this sequel to Journey to Nowhere, PW said the author's ""attention to the unromantic details of pioneer life, combined with evocative description and involving dialogue, gives her work uncommon dimension."" Ages 10-up.

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