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When two siblings and their cousin discover an old, seemingly-abandoned house down the road from Grandma’s, their summer takes a turn they never saw coming. This heartwarming picture book incorporates graphic novel elements to tell a layered and moving story about an intergenerational friendship. It shows how appearances can be deceiving, and sometimes the best adventure awaits where you least expect it.


  • CBC Books - 30 Canadian picture books to watch for this fall 2019
  • Nominated for the Chocolate Lily Book Award 2021
  • A Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Book for Kids and Teens (starred selection) 2019
  • Shortlisted for the Sheila Barry Best Canadian Picture Book of the Year Award 2020


"Not only a story of friendship bridging the generational divide, but it’s also a nostalgic recollection of the way summertime punctuates a childhood. "

- Canadian Review of Materials

"A great book to teach empathy, kindness, and neighborly love. "

- Booklist

"The comics-inspired format and sensitive themes about looking deeply, questioning assumptions, and finding beauty everywhere make this memorable. "

- The Horn Book

"The first-person narrative makes for a very personal telling, and their story is packed with suspense, detail and warmth. "

- Sal's Fiction Addiction

"This delightful excursion into multi-generational relationships is a really refreshing look at how young people can find meaningful friendships with people of other generations. "

- School Library Connection

"A sweet intergenerational story with gorgeous illustrations. The message that it is necessary to look past first appearances is one that is sure to resonate with parents and caregivers. "

- School Library Journal

”Quiet and reflective, as fleeting as summertime itself. ”

- Kirkus Reviews