song for a summer night

Summary:

Peter Phye loves to listen to the sounds outside his window. Those natural sounds are like an orchestra. Then, one night, they are gone. Determined to bring back the music, Peter and Dillon Hopper (a magicada) set off in search of The Queen of the Night. An adventure that starts in the woods behind Peter's house continues into Ephemera, where all likes of characters and obstacles await the two friends.

Educational Themes:

This is a story to be read for the pleasure of a good story.

Reading Level:
5.4
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
12 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 to 14
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow.
Little Kid Reaction

Review pending.

Parent Reaction

I'm not sure whether Peter's adventure is escapism from absentee parents or pure imagination. Either way, it is a wonderfully vivid story that has an Alice in Wonderland feel. The vocabulary and writing style are wonderful, but may not appeal to all readers, as the pace is deliberate and the action thoughtful.

Pros:

Teens and young adults who tend toward more classic literature will discover Ephemera and love every moment of the adventure.

Cons:

None, really. The author's writing style and philosophical references are likely to be lost on many readers in the intended audience.


Title Song For A Summer Night
About
Author Mark Dennis
Publisher Windstorm Creative © 2008
Illustrators Dan Ionut Popescu
ISBN 9781590925065
Material Paperback
Cost $14.99
Genres Adventure, Fantasy, Young Adult
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