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