Lily Mathis, age twelve, has kept quiet for two whole years, ever since a tragedy struck her family. Lily's good at keeping secrets, especially ones that hurt. But this summer, a cicada summer, in Olena, Illinois, is going to be different. Along with the cicadas comes trouble-making, lying Tinny, whom Lily despises. It's going to be a lot harder to keep her dark secrets because Tinny knows them and will stop at nothing to find out what really happened in Lily's past. But then a mysterious stranger shows up in town, and a few nights later, Tinny goes missing. It's up to Lily to find her-and possibly save her from a terrible fate, even though Lily can't stand Tinny. Can Lily use all those tips from the Nany Drew books she's read to save Tinny's life? And at the same time, will she be able to confront what happened two years ago to her beloved brother?
Well-written by author Andrea Beaty with flashbacks that make the simple plot much more interesting, Cicada Summer makes a great read for younger bookworms. I found this novel very slow and almost boring at the start, but it eventually sped up towards the end, climaxing and concluding with a perfect ending! Recommended for readers in grades 4-6.