Author: Lois Duncan
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Revised edition (April 19, 2011)
From the moment Rachel's family takes in her orphaned cousin Julia, strange things start to happen. Rachel grows suspicious but soon finds herself alienated from her own life. Julia seems to have enchanted everyone to turn against her, leaving Rachel on her own to try and prove that Julia is a witch. One thing about Julia is certain-she is not who she says she is, and Rachel's family is in grave danger.
I love Lois Duncan's books and pass them on to the young people in my family as soon as I'm finished reviewing them. Summer of Fear stands up nicely along side the author's Stranger With My Face; I Know What You Did Last Summer; and Down A Dark Hall. Filled with suspense and horror, Summer of Fear completely held my attention. A young reader in my family is going to love it. 5 stars***** (Thank you to Hachette Book Group for my review copy.)