The Summer I Learned to Fly (Paperback)

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June 2011 Indie Next List

“Hooray! A new book from Dana Reinhardt! Drew is a 13-year-old loner waiting for life to begin. Meanwhile she has a summer job at her Mom's cheese shop, her pet rat Hum in her backpack, her dead dad's book of lists, and a mysterious new friend she met in the alley. This is another treasure of a book from a treasured author.”
— Jeanne Snyder, Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL


Drew's a bit of a loner. She has a pet rat, her dead dad's Book of Lists, an encyclopedic knowledge of cheese from working at her mom's cheese shop, and a crush on Nick, the surf bum who works behind the counter. It's the summer before eighth grade and Drew's days seem like business as usual, until one night after closing time, when she meets a strange boy in the alley named Emmett Crane. Who he is, why he's there, where the cut on his cheek came from, and his bottomless knowledge of rats are all mysteries Drew will untangle as they are drawn closer together, and Drew enters into the first true friendship, and adventure, of her life.

About the Author

Dana Reinhardt lives in San Francisco with her husband and their two daughters. She is the award-winning author of the young adult novels A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life, Harmless, How to Build a House, The Things a Brother Knows, and The Summer I Learned to Fly and the middle-grade novel Odessa Again. Her books have been named to many best of the year lists, and reviewers have praised her work as exceptional, and funny and unforgettable. Visit her at

Praise For…

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, May 23, 2011:
"Laced with mystery and fascinating details about Drew's chief interests--rats and cheese--this quiet novel invites readers to share in its heroine's deepest yearnings, changing moods, and difficult realizations. Strong imagery...will stay with readers."

Product Details
ISBN: 9780385739559
ISBN-10: 0385739559
Publisher: Ember
Publication Date: July 10th, 2012
Pages: 216
Language: English