Welcome to 'Fine Lines', the feature in which we give a wrinkled look at the books we loved as youth. Today, Lizzie Skurnick rereads Lois Lowry's tearjerker 'A Summer to Die', in which — spoiler alert! — the girl dies.
A note before we begin: A Summer to Die was not my Death book. My Death books (I had several; bear with me) were, excepting the pre-digested A Taste of Blackberries, Just Like Always (cancer ward, snotty blond, not to be confused with Just Like Sisters), Beat the Turtle Drum (horses, tree climbing, snotty sister), Bridge to Terabithia (running, bossy BFF, creek-swinging), and Jacob Have I Loved, in which the snotty sister, Caroline, doesn't actually die, though the dark-haired Louise wishes she would, often.