A school year which looked very different for many students has come to an end, and now middle-schoolers wishing for a more normal summer experience will be able to enjoy the summer camp escapism of a heartwarming, coming-of-age story in The Sun Will Come Out by Joanne Levy (Orca Book Publishers).
In this new middle-grade novel, twelve-year-old Bea Gelman and her best friend Frankie are planning the best summer ever at Camp Shalom—a sleep-away camp. But at the last minute, Frankie bows out, leaving painfully shy Bea on her own. Just talking to strangers causes Bea to break out into ugly, blotchy hives.
After being pranked by a couple of mean girls, Bea pretends to be really sick so she can spend her summer in the infirmary, away from everything that’s stressing her out. But then she meets Harry, a boy living with a very serious disease. Inspired by Harry’s strength and positive outlook, Bea decides to face her fears—in a big way.
The Sun Will Come Out is a funny and heartwarming account of a shy girl’s first summer away from home, where she learns she really can do anything and that silver linings can be found just about anywhere.
Joanne Levy is the author of a number of books for young people, including Double Trouble and Fish Out of Water in the Orca Currents line and the middle-grade novels Crushing It and the Red Maple Award-nominated Small Medium At Large.
Her next middle-grade novel from Orca will be Sorry For Your Loss, a story about a twelve-year-old girl whose family runs a Jewish funeral home, publishing October 12, 2021.
Praise for The Sun Will Come Out:
“An endearing coming-of-age story that will make you laugh, cheer, and warm your soul.”—Jennifer Nielsen, NYT Bestselling author of The Ascendance series and the historical novels Resistance and Rescue
“The story gives voice to the experience of Jewish preteens; chronic illness and disability are also sensitively tackled in this complex tale about difference, acceptance, and self-confidence. A heartfelt tear-jerker about love, friendship, and courage.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A story very much on target for its pre-teen audience, especially its pre-teen Jewish audience. Recommended.”—CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Books about gaining independence at summer camp are a crowded field, but there is plenty of room for this sweet, fresh take.”—School Library Journal
Founded in 1984, Orca Book Publishers is an independently owned Canadian children’s book publisher of award-winning, best-selling books in a number of genres. With 1200 active titles in print and digital formats and 95 new titles each year, Orca prides itself on publishing Canadian authors and bringing them to a wider market.