Cold Sum­mer

Gwen Cole

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Sky Pony Press Hard­cover $16.99 (256pp) 978-1-5107-0766-5

Time-travel trou­bles com­pli­cate a bud­ding teen ro­mance in this en­joy­able de­but.

Gwen Cole’s Cold Sum­mer in­ter­twines a bud­ding teen ro­mance with time travel, a nice mix that fol­lows the rules of its uni­verse.

Kale Jack­son started time trav­el­ing when he was a lit­tle boy—and it’s a very in­vol­un­tar­ily process. He can feel a trans­porta­tion com­ing, but he doesn’t get to choose where or why. What he’s ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in the past has al­ready hap­pened, and he can’t change the fu­ture.

As the story opens, his next-door neigh­bor’s niece, Harper, is com­ing to stay for the sum­mer, and it’s clear right away that both teens are ready to pick up where a years-ago sum­mer friend­ship left off.

Both Harper and Kale are also go­ing through fam­ily chal­lenges—harper is staying with her un­cle be­cause her mother left her, while Kale deals with an emo­tion­ally dis­tant brother and a fa­ther who doesn’t be­lieve Kale’s ex­pla­na­tions for his reg­u­lar dis­ap­pear­ances. All this pres­sure comes in ad­di­tion to the main chal­lenge of Kale’s other life in a 1945 fox­hole—watch­ing his friends die around him, re­turn­ing to the present with the phys­i­cal and men­tal in­juries of war, try­ing

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