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"Summer's lease hath all too short a date." — William Shakespeare  

 Published by Little Creek Press, an imprint of Jan-Carol Publishing (JCP)


Life is right normal for fourteen-year-old Bit Sizemore and her precocious twelve-and-a-half year old best friend, Wisteria Calliope Jones, until Bug Jeter sees Jesus in a rock and changes little Lovington, North Carolina forever. Tourists discover the sleepy mountain town, big-city pretty-boy Palmer Lee Compton threatens the girls’ friendship, and the town’s pets begin disappearing. That’s when Wisteria decides that it’s up to her and Bit to solve the mystery of the missing pets, while side-stepping the minefields of hurt feelings and teen crushes.


"In The Summer the Air Changed, Padgett Gerler not only has a keen sense of southern-living vernacular, but she finds a way to turn a down-home setting into an actual character and not just a convenient backdrop. There is a tone in The Summer the Air Changed that reminds the reader of Fannie Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes or Sheila Turnage's Three Times Lucky… So take a trip up the holler. Stay for a spell. And while you're there, stop by to look at the Jesus Rock, take part in local gossip at The Quilt Shop, or sip on a Cherry Co-cola."

Leslie Tall Manning, award winning author of Upside Down in a Laura Ingalls Town