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  • Writer's pictureSofiya Pasternack

Review: The Last Last-Day-of-Summer

Author: Lamar Giles

Genre: science fiction

Release Date: April 2nd, 2019

Series: none


When two adventurous cousins accidentally extend the last day of summer by freezing time, they find the secrets hidden between the unmoving seconds, minutes, and hours are not the endless fun they expected.

Otto and Sheed are the local sleuths in their zany Virginia town, masters of unraveling mischief using their unmatched powers of deduction. And as the summer winds down and the first day of school looms, the boys are craving just a little bit more time for fun, even as they bicker over what kind of fun they want to have. That is, until a mysterious man appears with a camera that literally freezes time. Now, with the help of some very strange people and even stranger creatures, Otto and Sheed will have to put aside their differences to save their town—and each other—before time stops for good.

What I Liked

Otto and Sheed are wonderful to follow along and read about. Their list of maneuvers is hilariously long! The notes Otto keeps in his notebook cracked me up too!

Entry #36: We froze time.

Entry #37: Sheed might be upset.

The whole adventure is very imaginative. I loved all the names for the different time people. There is even some heartwarming stuff in there (which I'm pretty sure is a spoiler, so I'm not going to include it!).

What I Would Have Liked to See

I had an ARC so it was printed before all the (I'm sure) awesome illustrations for the inside. I would have liked to see those.

My Favorite!

"Wiki Ellison ain't so bad." Umm Lamar, when are you going to write the story of the Epic Ellisons?


When cousins Otto and Sheed accidentally freeze time, they must solve the mystery of the time-stealing stranger, the mystery of the time-traveling stranger, and the mystery of how to get more Keys to the City than the Epic Ellison twins, before time is frozen in their town forever (and ever).


I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley for my honest review. All thoughts are my own!



meet sofiya!

Sofiya Pasternack is a mental health professional, the highly-distractible author of Jewish MG and YA fantasy, and prone to oversharing gross medical stories.

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