The Forget-Me-Not Summer

A delightful story for fans of The Penderwicks and One Crazy SummerThe Forget-Me-Not Summer is bursting with fun, sun, and sisterly love.

Sisters Marigold, Zinnia, and Lily Silver can’t wait for summer vacation. Twelve-year-old Marigold is hoping to get her first kiss, while Zinnia, eleven, has plenty of time on her hands and will most likely spend it in Marigold’s shadow. And though five-year-old Lily may look like an angel, she has a knack for mischief.

But the sisters’ summer plans crumble when their parents send them to visit their aunt Sunny on Cape Cod. Small-town life is not what these L.A. girls had in mind, and they must adjust to sharing one room and living without a TV. Eventually, though, Aunt Sunny—along with her cheery attitude and delicious brownies—wins them over. Before they know it, the girls are cracking lobster shells at clambakes, making new friends, and even organizing a local talent show…all while learning how to band together as the strongest version of themselves: sisters.

Praise for The Forget-Me-Not Summer

THE FORGET-ME-NOT SUMMER brims with hilarity and sisterly hijinks.

— Rita Williams-Garcia, Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author

Howland gives more nuance than is often seen in middle-grade fiction. Reminiscent of the Penderwicks series. Readers will be drawn in, and once inside, they will find a book that might well become a favorite.

— Booklist (starred review)

Perfect for middle grades and a clean read for all ages, this summer-vacation novel is a breath of realistic fresh air and a welcome addition to any school or public library.

— 5Q, 4P review, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

The real-life dynamics between the sisters [are] humorous and touching. This heartwarming story is hard to put down.

— School Library Journal

Well-told with engaging characters.

— Kirkus Reviews
photo by Ari Baron

About Leila Howland

Leila Howland grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. A graduate of Georgetown University, Leila spent five years acting in New York where she was a company member of the award-winning Flea Theater in Tribeca. She is the author of the YA novels Nantucket Blue, for which she was named a Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start author,  Nantucket Red, and Hello, Sunshine, as well as the Silver Sisters middle grade series and the upcoming Rapunzel and the Lost Lagoon. Leila now lives in Los Angeles, where she is a school librarian.