August Isle (Paperback)

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Cheri's April 2019 pick, 1 of 4

I would consider this story a mystery adventure. Miranda has been sent to August Isle, in Florida. This is the town her mother grew up in, but never talks about. Both of Miranda’s parents have important work commitments, so Miranda is being sent to stay with her mother’s childhood friend. Miranda has always wanted to travel to August Isle, but didn’t think she would be by herself when she did. She soon finds friends and a mystery to solve. Miranda sees a light on at the lighthouse off the coast, but nobody's supposed to be there. It’s owner disappeared years ago. She decides to investigate and finds more than she ever expected. This is an enjoyable adventure.

— From Cheri


*A Junior Library Guild Selection*

From critically acclaimed author Ali Standish (The Ethan I Was Before), the story of one girl’s journey to a magical seaside town, where she uncovers her family’s long hidden secrets and ultimately finds truth and redemption.

Fans of Sharon Creech and Rebecca Stead will be captivated by this story filled with warm humor, mystery, whimsy, and characters you can’t let go. A modern classic in the making!

For years, Miranda has stared at postcards of August Isle, Florida. The town where her mother spent her summers as a girl. The town that Miranda has always ached to visit. She just never wanted it to happen this way.

When she arrives on the Isle, alone and uncertain, to stay the summer with an old friend of her mother’s, Miranda discovers a place even more perfect than she imagined. And she finds a new friend in Sammy, “Aunt” Clare’s daughter.

But there is more to August Isle than its bright streets and sandy beaches, and soon Miranda is tangled in a web of mysteries. A haunted lighthouse. An old seafarer with something to hide. A name reaching out from her mother’s shadowy past.

As she closes in on answers, Miranda must reckon with the biggest question of all: Is she brave enough to face the truth she might uncover?

“A beautifully written story. An emotional journey of family, friendship, loss, and healing.” Kirkus

About the Author

Ali Standish, author of the critically acclaimed The Ethan I Was Before, August Isle, and Bad Bella, grew up in North Carolina and spent several years as an educator in the Washington, DC, public school system. She has an MFA in children’s writing from Hollins University and an MPhil in children’s literature from the University of Cambridge. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, Aki, and their two rescue dogs, Bella and Keeper. You can visit her online at

Praise For…

“A beautifully written story…An emotional journey of family, friendship, loss, and healing.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Readers who enjoyed Standish’s first novel may want to give this one a try.” — Booklist

“Engaging characters, a pleasant setting, and enough intrigue to hook young readers.” — School Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062433428
ISBN-10: 0062433423
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: March 31st, 2020
Pages: 384
Language: English