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The Hidden Summer

Gin Phillips

Twelve-year old Nell and her best friend Lydia spend their summer days at an old mini-golf course. The girls are not appreciated at home and seek comfort in their friendship. Lydia's self-involved mother and Nell's moody mother have a disagreement and forbid the girls from seeing each other. In spite of their parents the girls manage to escape and gain strength from their time together. Adult novelist Phillips has created a dream-like quality in this novel about the value of two families: "the one you're born with and the one you make yourself." Ages 9-11