Twelve-year-old Mitch Sinclair is spending the summer after his parents separate with his grandparents at Bird Lake, and ten-year-old Spencer Stone returns to the lake where his brother drowned long ago. The whole time Spencer and Mitch hang out together at Bird Lake, there are secrets keeping them apart, and maybe a secret knowledge keeping them together.
There are ghosts at Bird Lake, and they're haunting Mitch and Spencer. Not the Halloween kind, but ghosts of the past. Memories of how life was before — before the divorce, before the accident. Can their ghosts bring Mitch and Spencer together, as friends? Or will their secrets keep them apart?
Either way, it is a summer that neither Mitch nor Spencer will ever forget.
This novel by Newbery Honor author Kevin Henkes tells a story about that pivotal growing-up moment when one stops telling everything and starts holding some things in.
"As evocative as it is precise."— Booklist starred review