Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 14 to 18
- Grade: 9 to 12
- Reading age: 14 to 18
Julia Ducharme is ready for a fresh start. Her little brother has finally recovered from a serious illness, and now she just wants to enjoy peak season at the campground her family owns. Maybe this will be the year her annual summer fling with Dan Schaeffer becomes something more?
But her summer dreams are quickly shattered. First, Dan arrives for vacation with a new girlfriend in tow, and then Julia discovers this may be her last summer in the only home she's ever known.
Crushing medical bills have brought her single mom to the brink of bankruptcy, and a wealthy developer is sniffing around the campground. He sees what Julia sees: lush woods, a pristine lake, miles of trails for adventure. Unlike Julia, he thinks this is the perfect spot for a casino resort.
Heartbroken and afraid, Julia looks to the stars for some perspective. Taking her telescope down to the dock one night, she has a chance encounter with a guitar-playing boy who offers some helpful advice. Too bad this handsome stranger is the developer's son, Nick Constantine.
As plans for a resort move forward, Julia is desperate to find a solution that doesn't mean leaving the lake. Nick, in turn, is desperate to separate himself from his father's aggressive business tactics. He promises that, together, they can thwart the sale.
But can Julia trust him to conspire against his own father? And could she ever she trust him with her heart?
SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS is a story of lost summers, hidden treasure and love written in the stars. It is also a thoughtful reflection on what it means to love --- and leave --- one's childhood home.
About the author
Alisha Sevigny is an author of books for young readers and a literary consultant. She holds a degree in professional writing and sociology from the University of Victoria. Her books include the Secrets of the Sands historical adventure series and the young adult novels Summer Constellations, a CCBC Best Book for Teens, and Kissing Frogs. She currently lives in the Cayman Islands with her family.
- Unknown, National Excellence in Romance Writing Awards, First Coast Romance Writers
- Winner, Best Books for Kids and Teens, The Canadian Children's Book Centre
... a classic, steamy summer romance that young teen girls will love.—CM Magazine
... a fairy-tale romance ...—Booklist Online
... this fast-moving summer romance will interest mature intermediate readers ...—Resource Links
A pleasant coming-of-age story for fans of teen romance.—Kirkus Reviews
... a fast-paced, humorous and romantic story, with realistic dialogue and a cast of interesting and relatable characters.—School Library Journal