After finding a mysterious set of paints in her backpack, twelve-year-old Haleigh Adams paints a picture of her last day at the New Jersey shore. When she wakes up the next morning, Haleigh finds that her wish for an endless summer with her new friend Kevin has come true. At first, she's thrilled, but Haleigh soon learns that staying in one place—and time—comes with a price.
And when Haleigh realizes her parents have been keeping a secret, she is faced with a choice: do nothing and miss out on the good things that come with growing up or find the secret of the time loop and face the realities of moving on. As she and Kevin set out to find the source of the magic paints, Haleigh worries it might be too late. Will she be able to restart time? Or will it be the biggest mistake of her life?
will appeal to reluctant readers and those looking for a fun summer read with a
twist. A heartfelt novel loaded with wonderful character development."—
School Library Journal
"The practical problems Haleigh encounters keep the
story grounded in reality, despite the central element of fantasy. In addition,
a philosophical quandary that worries her offers opportunities for reflection
"The book is at its best when it acknowledges its real
subject, as when the grandmother reflects on mortality or in a lovely scene
near the end in which Haleigh, in tears, calmly waits 'for the future to
happen.' A light book that deftly plumbs some pretty dark depths." — Kirkus Reviews