Pre-Order The Last Last-Day-of-Summer!

The incomparable Toni Morrison once said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” It’s advice I took to heart when I wrote THE LAST LAST-DAY-OF-SUMMER. This rip-roaring fantasy is the kind of book I longed for, but could never find growing up. It’s the kind of book I’ve heard young readers and their parents asking for during the last decade I’ve spent criss-crossing the country on my writing journey. It’s diverse, full of joy, adventure, magic, bravery, and features the kind of heroes who don’t often get a chance in children’s literature. For a book like this to succeed, support in the form of a pre-order is needed and appreciated. An impressive showing at this stage, prior to the book’s release, shows the publisher that the audience is aware, excited, and proactive. Every one of you who reserves a copy today helps carve a path for more diverse adventures to make it onto a bookshelf near you.

Thanks in advance for your continued support, and I can’t wait for you to go on this adventure with Otto and Sheed, the Legendary Alston Boys of Logan County!”

About the Book:

The Hardy Boys meets The Phantom Tollbooth, in the new century! When two adventurous cousins accidentally extend the last day of summer by freezing time, they find the secrets hidden between the unmoving seconds, minutes, and hours are not the endless fun they expected.

Otto and Sheed are the local sleuths in their zany Virginia town, masters of unraveling mischief using their unmatched powers of deduction. And as the summer winds down and the first day of school looms, the boys are craving just a little bit more time for fun, even as they bicker over what kind of fun they want to have. That is, until a mysterious man appears with a camera that literally freezes time. Now, with the help of some very strange people and even stranger creatures, Otto and Sheed will have to put aside their differences to save their town—and each other—before time stops for good.


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Praise for The Last Last-Day-of-Summer


"The Last Last-Day-of-Summer reminds me that all children deserve to exist in magical spaces where their imaginations and familial bonds will them into heroism. Every single child should have the freedom to be one of The Legendary Alstons. And I, for one, am grateful to Giles, and this brilliant story, for that reminder. " – Jason Reynolds, author of Newbery Honoree Long Way Down

“The legendary heroes of this legendary book are already legendary when the story begins! From there things can only get legendary-er!” – Tom Angleberger, author of the Origami Yoda series

"Lamar Giles has written an instant classic--readers won't want their time with the Legendary Alston Boys of Logan County to end." – Gwenda Bond, author of the Lois Lane series