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Temple Alley Summer



5 stars


I adored this one. So beautiful. It is a very different ghost and uplifting story of dreams coming true. A legend of a temple with a small statue that could bring someone back to life after a prayer. The spirits return as someone else, making the prayer selfless.

A story within a story and a boy who will do his best to help a spirit and by helping the girl he helps an author, too. Loved it.


Winner of the 2022 Mildred L. Batchelder Award


A July/August 2021 Kids’ Indie Next Pick


A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection


Winner of a 2022 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award


Paperback version releases May 28th


From renowned Japanese children’s author Sachiko Kashiwaba, Temple Alley Summer is a fantastical and mysterious adventure featuring the living dead, a magical pearl, and a suspiciously nosy black cat named Kiriko.


Kazu knows something odd is going on when he sees a girl in a white kimono sneak out of his house in the middle of the night―was he dreaming? Did he see a ghost? Things get even stranger when he shows up to school the next day to see the very same figure sitting in his classroom. No one else thinks it’s weird, and, even though Kazu doesn’t remember ever seeing her before, they all seem convinced that the ghost-girl Akari has been their friend for years!


When Kazu’s summer project to learn about Kimyo Temple draws the meddling attention of his mysterious neighbor Ms. Minakami and his secretive new classmate Akari, Kazu soon learns that not everything is as it seems in his hometown. Kazu discovers that Kimyo Temple is linked to a long forgotten legend about bringing the dead to life, which could explain Akari’s sudden appearance―is she a zombie or a ghost? Kazu and Akari join forces to find and protect the source of the temple's power. An unfinished story in a magazine from Akari’s youth might just hold the key to keeping Akari in the world of the living, and it’s up to them to find the story’s ending and solve the mystery as the adults around them conspire to stop them from finding the truth.

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