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Author: Gae Polisner Narrator: Tara Sands Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2014 ISBN: 9781622313310
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Summer has begun, the beach beckons—and Francesca Schnell is going nowhere. Four years ago, Francesca’s little brother, Simon, drowned, and Francesca’s the one who should have been watching. Now Francesca is about to turn sixteen, but guilt keeps her stuck in the past. Meanwhile, her best friend, Lisette, is moving on, most recently with the boy Francesca wants but can’t have. At loose ends, Francesca trails her father, who may be having an affair, to the local country club. There she meets four-year-old Frankie Sky, a little boy who bears an almost eerie resemblance to Simon, and Francesca begins to wonder if it’s possible Frankie could be his reincarnation. Knowing Frankie leads Francesca to places she thought she’d never dare to go, and it begins to seem possible to forgive herself, grow up, and even fall in love—whether or not she solves the riddle of Frankie Sky.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Francesca Schnell, nicknamed Frankie, is a fifteen-year-old girl tormented by guilt over the death of her little brother, Simon, who drowned four years earlier when she was supposed to be watching him…Sands’s narration is excellent. Her youthful voice is a perfect match for teenage Francesca, and every word is full of heartfelt emotion, particularly when Francesca is upset and her voice trembles…Teens and lovers of well-written coming-of-age YA fiction will want to give this one a listen.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Polisner has a keen understanding of the suffering, maturing teen psyche; Frankie’s fragility and self-doubt are heartbreaking in their realism…First-rate realistic fiction with plenty of heart.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Four years after Francesca’s small brother, Simon, drowns, she begins falling apart. Narrator Tara Sands tracks Francesca’s courageous summer journey as she confronts an array of fears…Confusion clouds Francesca’s already complicated emotions when she agrees to babysit Frankie Sky, a four-year-old boy born on the day of her brother’s death. Is this coincidence, or is Frankie her brother reincarnated? Nearing the story’s climax, Sands expresses the terrible anger that Francesca has denied for years. Even stronger than this crescendo of a performance is Sands’s portrayal of the active, adorable Frankie Sky. His malapropisms and misunderstandings counteract Francesca’s pain—winning her heart and wowing listeners.”


  • “The prose is gentle but evocative, and Frankie Sky’s childlike exuberance and occasional misconceptions add heart and humor…[The Summer of Letting Go is] both hopeful and careful—like Francesca herself.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • "The Summer of Letting Go is haunting, heart-lifting, and impossible to put down...Francesca Schnell is one of the most authentic young adult characters I've read in a long time."

    A. S. King, author of Reality Boy

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About the Author

Gae Polisner is the award-winning author of several books, including The Memory of Things, named a Golden Archer Children’s Choice Award recipient; The Summer of Letting Go, named a Nerdy Book Club Best YA 2014 and recipient of a Teen Ink Editor’s Choice Badge of Approval; and The Pull of Gravity, a 2012 Bank Street Best, 2012 PSLA Top Forty, and a Nerdy Book Club Best YA for 2011. She also cohosts Teachers Write!, a virtual writers camp for teachers and educators.

About the Narrator

Tara Sands is an American actress, television host, and voice talent who has won numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration. She is former cohost of Fridays on the Cartoon Network. In addition to performing in plays and musicals, her voice can be heard on numerous commercials, audiobooks, cartoons, and video games.