Lamar Giles is an Edgar Award-nominated author and has published three young adult novels. He is the co-founder of #WeNeedDiverse books and has edited two #WNDB anthologies, including 2018’s Fresh Ink.
Whether somewhere else instead of home or somewhere frozen in time, these three middle grade novels show how the magical space of true friendship can get you through just about anything. In The Miraculous by debut author Jess Redman, two friends learn to believe in miracles again in spite of the weight of personal tragedy. Childhood is magical in Lamar Giles's The Last-Last-Day-of-Summer. When cousins Otto and Sheed find a way to freeze time and put off the start of the school year, they learn the true meaning of heroism and family bonds. Laurel Snyder, author of the acclaimed Orphan Island, joins in with My Jasper June, the tale of a summer friendship that is both mysterious and magical.
Terra Elan McVoy is the author of six young adult novels (Simon Pulse) and two middle grade (Katherine Tegen Books). She is the former manager of Little Shop of Stories, was Program Director of the AJC Decatur Book Festival, and has even answered fan mail for Captain Underpants. Her master’s degree is from Florida State University in Creative Writing. She has taught both adults and young people in a variety of courses, including the Yale Writers Workshop, Smith College Young Women’s Writing Workshop, and Agnes Scott College’s Agnes Writes program, among others. Her novel, Criminal, was a 2014 Edgar Award Finalist. In her free time, she really loves moderating panels with amazing authors.
The Last Last-Day-of-Summer
Otto and Sheed are the local sleuths in their zany Virginia town, masters of unraveling mischief using their unmatched powers of deduction. And as the summer winds down and the first day of school looms, the boys are craving just a little bit more time for fun, even as they bicker over what kind of fun they want to have. That is, until a mysterious man appears with a camera that literally freezes time. Now, with the help of some very strange people and even stranger creatures, Otto and Sheed will have to put aside their differences to save their town—and each other—before time stops for good.