The Mending Summer

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5.6 X 8.4 X 1.4 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Ali Standish grew up in North Carolina and spent several years as an educator in the Washington, DC, public school system. She has an MFA in children's writing from Hollins University and an MPhil in children's literature from the University of Cambridge. She lives with her Finnish husband and rescue dog in Cambridge, England. The Ethan I Was Before is her debut novel and is followed by August Isle. You can visit her online at and @AliStandish on Twitter.


Standish has created a timeless tale of discovery, growth, and relationships. Her portrayal of a child learning what it means to have an alcoholic family member is both heartrending and resonant, illustrating that parents can't always live up to young people's expectations. A powerful story about an important topic. Recommended for all -libraries serving middle grade readers. -- School Library Journal (starred review)

"Readers will be drawn into this story of friendship, magic, and the heartbreak--and healing--of addiction." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Standish (How to Disappear Completely) skillfully portrays the uncertainty and powerlessness of Georgia's home situation; the magic at the heart of this understated tale offers its protagonist escape and healing, as well as the understanding that wishing is insufficient to change difficult circumstances." -- Publishers Weekly

"Standish once again merges fantasy elements with reality in a captivating way." -- Booklist

"An absolute gem of a friendship story that's full of magic, courage, and love." -- Gail D. Villanueva, author of My Fate According to the Butterfly

"A magical story exploring the true meaning of family, forgiveness, and friendship." -- Jen Petro-Roy, author of Life in the Balance and Good Enough