Eloise doesn't speak, but can she see into her past?
Eloise has recently lost her mother, and her get-rich-quick dad has moved them to his home town to turn the derelict family mansion into a convention centre. Eloise has stopped speaking and is something of a lost soul, but she feels an immediate bond with the old house, and begins spending all her time there. When she meets a 'ghost girl' who may or may not be from the house's past, events take a strange- and ultimately dangerous- turn.
This is a charming and atmospheric mystery that explores themes of family, friendship, and grief. Beautifully written in the mode of classic golden-age children's fantasty such as Phillipa Pearce's Tom's Midnight Garden, Cicada Summer is a poignant and gripping tale that will appeal to readers aged 8+.
"A deserted house, a grieving girl; the perfect ingredients to take you on a journey between reality and fantasy. Cicada Summer makes you believe that anything is possible. My skin prickle, my pulse raced and I couldn't put the book down until I'd finished.- Glenda Millard.
Kate Constable was born in Victoria but spent much of her childhood in Papua New Guinea, without television but within reach of a library where she 'inhaled' stories. She studied Arts/Law at Melbourne University before working part-time for a record company while she began her life as a writer. She has had stories published in Meanjin, Island and other literary magazines.
The Singer of All Songs, The Waterless Sea and The Tenth Power form the Chanters of Tremaris series and were her first books, published by Allen and Unwin with very successful overseas sales, followed by stand-alone novel set in the same world, The Taste of Lightening. She has also written two books for the popular Girlfriend series - Always Mackenzie and Winter of Grace. Kate lives in West Preston, Victoria, with her husband and two daughters.
Allen and Unwin
Author: Kate Constable