ABOUT THE BOOK:

Author(s): Dorian Cirrone
Publisher: Aladdin (Simon & Schuster)
ISBN-13: 9781481458139
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Category: Middle Grade

The First Last Day

Synopsis:

What if you could get a do-over—a chance to relive a day in your life over and over again until you got it right? Would you?

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 inevitable 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? And if she does, will it be the biggest mistake of her life?
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“Fossils are nature’s way of revealing our
history. An imprint of a tiny fish like this one on your rock is a way of
telling us that there was life before us, and it will continue long after we’re
gone. It’s as if the fish is crying out, ‘Remember me.’ ” She pressed the rock
back into my palm. “Nature is quite the artist isn’t she?”

 

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Joy Blanchett said on 11/05/2016:
Who doesn't want to relive the best time ever?
Janas Byrd said on 11/05/2016:
Love, love, love this book and have several copies in my class library for Free Reading Friday.
Silvia Lopez said on 11/04/2016:
Sounds great! Can't wait to read it!
Shutta Crum said on 11/04/2016:
Dorian--I NEED to read this! Great premise.
Lynne Marie said on 11/04/2016:
Always a fan of the books and the person! XOXO
Kristina Miranda said on 11/04/2016:
This story was so meaningful to me! A beautiful life lesson!
Linda E.H. said on 11/04/2016:
Sounds interesting. These are the kind of books I loved as a tween. A mix of fantasy and reality and hard decisions to make.
Cathy Castelli said on 11/04/2016:
Can't wait to read your latest!
Lisa Wroble said on 11/04/2016:
Love the premise behind this story, Dorian. Looking forward to reading it!
Lin Oliver said on 11/04/2016:
Loved this book, D. GRoundhog's Day for young readers with a little Tuck Everlasting too.
Jonathan Schkade said on 11/04/2016:
Love this kind of concept. Adding it to our list now!
Chris c said on 11/04/2016:
Excellent book
JC Kato said on 11/04/2016:
Bought this book at Barnes & Noble and can't wait to read!
Laurie Taddonio said on 11/04/2016:
Fun read and fun to think about endless do-overs!
Nora L\'Heureux said on 11/04/2016:
Wonderful Dorian! What an interesting idea and can't wait to read. Nora
Joan Mazza said on 11/04/2016:
Sounds great. I love books about time travel and I hadn't realized that this was one until I read the description.
Ena Jones said on 11/03/2016:
Dorian! It's out! I remember you showing us the cover in January and loving it!! Gorgeous, and I can't wait to get my hands on this! Congratulations!!
Shannon Hitchcock said on 11/03/2016:
Just downloaded this to my kindle. Sounds fantastic and love your blog post about first pages!
Linda Adler said on 11/03/2016:
Fabulous Book! (Brought me back to my visits to Atlantic City as a child.) Wonderful author and great teacher!
Julie arpin said on 11/03/2016:
Love this book...as much as all of your work! Ready for the next one.
Jody Feldman said on 11/03/2016:
Dorian! Finally, with a moment to breathe, I'm excited to start my latest TBR list. Excited to read!
Barbara Bockman said on 11/02/2016:
Dorian, this sounds like an intriguing story. Many a person has had a wish for time to stand still. Thanks for telling us the consequences.
Jeannie Chambers said on 11/02/2016:
I love time travel.....even when time is standing still.
Debra Getts said on 11/01/2016:
Fun, smooth read with depth in terms of what the main character must deal with and consider when making decisions. The mystery is great (won't say more so not giving it away). The magical aspect is woven in well. And I love the cover.
Debbie Reed Fischer said on 10/25/2016:
Loved this wo!nderful book! Congratulations, Dorian
Julie Murphy said on 10/17/2016:
Your book sounds wonderful!
Kathleen Burkinshaw said on 10/16/2016:
Congrats on THE FIRST LAST DAY! Looking forward to reading it :)
Shannon Hitchcock said on 10/16/2016:
Your book is in my TBR stack!
Joni Klein-Higger said on 10/15/2016:
Congrats, Dorian. I look forward to reading it!
Donna Gephart said on 10/10/2016:
This is a fabulous book that celebrates imagination and mystery. Such a fun, funny, heartfelt read!

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Who gave Haleigh the magic paints? Was it Serena, the boardwalk artist who loves big, fancy hats, or a stranger on the beach? Was it Mr. Sidhu, the owner of the used book and video store, or the kids playing miniature golf on the boardwalk? Was it the mysterious man with the briefcase in the hotel restaurant at Atlantic City or the hotel magician, who hides things up his sleeve? Or could it even have been Haleigh’s parents? Can you solve the mystery before Haleigh does?






What if you could get a do-over—a chance to relive a day in your life over and over again until you got it right? Would you?

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 inevitable 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? And if she does, will it be the biggest mistake of her life?


“Fossils are nature’s way of revealing our
history. An imprint of a tiny fish like this one on your rock is a way of
telling us that there was life before us, and it will continue long after we’re
gone. It’s as if the fish is crying out, ‘Remember me.’ ” She pressed the rock
back into my palm. “Nature is quite the artist isn’t she?”

 

DORIAN CIRRONE worked as a door-to-door survey taker, a dance teacher, a choreographer, a feature writer and assistant city editor for a daily newspaper, and a college English instructor before finally finding her true passion as a writer for children and teens. She is the author of the young adult novels, Prom Kings and Drama Queens and Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You, which was named an ALA Popular Paperback and made the following lists: Amelia Bloomer List for Feminist Fiction, New York Public Library Best Books for the Teen Age, and BUST magazine’s “100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader. “ She has also published chapter books, poems, shorts stories, and essays for children and adults. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in English and has taught writing at many workshops and conferences. Dorian is the Co-Regional Advisor for the Florida SCBWI.
dcirrone@aol.com

“…the first-person narrative is engaging. 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 and discussion. — Booklist

“Readers will feel for Haleigh as she sees her situation from the viewpoint of everyone affected. The mystery of the magic paints pleasantly resolves itself. The writing is realistic and easygoing. The character development rings true as Haleigh slowly discovers that she can handle whatever life brings. VERDICT This 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 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

“Dorian Cirrone is master of the middle grade mystery. You will not be able to stop turning pages until you come to the satisfying conclusion of this compelling, funny, and heartfelt novel.”– Donna Gephart, award-winning author ofDeath by Toilet Paper and Lily and Dunkin

“I just loved Dorian Cirrone’s The First Last Day. It made my brain buzz with time warp complications and my heart warm with lessons learned about family, friendship, and growing up.”– Nora Raleigh Baskin, award-winning author of Anything But Typical and Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story

Who gave Haleigh the magic paints? Was it Serena, the boardwalk artist who loves big, fancy hats, or a stranger on the beach? Was it Mr. Sidhu, the owner of the used book and video store, or the kids playing miniature golf on the boardwalk? Was it the mysterious man with the briefcase in the hotel restaurant at Atlantic City or the hotel magician, who hides things up his sleeve? Or could it even have been Haleigh’s parents? Can you solve the mystery before Haleigh does?

    Guestbook Comments
    Joy Blanchett said on November 5, 2016:
    Who doesn't want to relive the best time ever?

    Janas Byrd said on November 5, 2016:
    Love, love, love this book and have several copies in my class library for Free Reading Friday.

    Silvia Lopez said on November 4, 2016:
    Sounds great! Can't wait to read it!

    Shutta Crum said on November 4, 2016:
    Dorian--I NEED to read this! Great premise.

    Lynne Marie said on November 4, 2016:
    Always a fan of the books and the person! XOXO

    Kristina Miranda said on November 4, 2016:
    This story was so meaningful to me! A beautiful life lesson!

    Linda E.H. said on November 4, 2016:
    Sounds interesting. These are the kind of books I loved as a tween. A mix of fantasy and reality and hard decisions to make.

    Cathy Castelli said on November 4, 2016:
    Can't wait to read your latest!

    Lisa Wroble said on November 4, 2016:
    Love the premise behind this story, Dorian. Looking forward to reading it!

    Lin Oliver said on November 4, 2016:
    Loved this book, D. GRoundhog's Day for young readers with a little Tuck Everlasting too.

    Jonathan Schkade said on November 4, 2016:
    Love this kind of concept. Adding it to our list now!

    Chris c said on November 4, 2016:
    Excellent book

    JC Kato said on November 4, 2016:
    Bought this book at Barnes & Noble and can't wait to read!

    Laurie Taddonio said on November 4, 2016:
    Fun read and fun to think about endless do-overs!

    Nora L\'Heureux said on November 4, 2016:
    Wonderful Dorian! What an interesting idea and can't wait to read. Nora

    Joan Mazza said on November 4, 2016:
    Sounds great. I love books about time travel and I hadn't realized that this was one until I read the description.

    Ena Jones said on November 3, 2016:
    Dorian! It's out! I remember you showing us the cover in January and loving it!! Gorgeous, and I can't wait to get my hands on this! Congratulations!!

    Shannon Hitchcock said on November 3, 2016:
    Just downloaded this to my kindle. Sounds fantastic and love your blog post about first pages!

    Linda Adler said on November 3, 2016:
    Fabulous Book! (Brought me back to my visits to Atlantic City as a child.) Wonderful author and great teacher!

    Julie arpin said on November 3, 2016:
    Love this book...as much as all of your work! Ready for the next one.

    Jody Feldman said on November 3, 2016:
    Dorian! Finally, with a moment to breathe, I'm excited to start my latest TBR list. Excited to read!

    Barbara Bockman said on November 2, 2016:
    Dorian, this sounds like an intriguing story. Many a person has had a wish for time to stand still. Thanks for telling us the consequences.

    Jeannie Chambers said on November 2, 2016:
    I love time travel.....even when time is standing still.

    Debra Getts said on November 1, 2016:
    Fun, smooth read with depth in terms of what the main character must deal with and consider when making decisions. The mystery is great (won't say more so not giving it away). The magical aspect is woven in well. And I love the cover.

    Debbie Reed Fischer said on October 25, 2016:
    Loved this wo!nderful book! Congratulations, Dorian

    Julie Murphy said on October 17, 2016:
    Your book sounds wonderful!

    Kathleen Burkinshaw said on October 16, 2016:
    Congrats on THE FIRST LAST DAY! Looking forward to reading it :)

    Shannon Hitchcock said on October 16, 2016:
    Your book is in my TBR stack!

    Joni Klein-Higger said on October 15, 2016:
    Congrats, Dorian. I look forward to reading it!

    Donna Gephart said on October 10, 2016:
    This is a fabulous book that celebrates imagination and mystery. Such a fun, funny, heartfelt read!

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