Emily Gale
The Book

The Book

"Fans of Rebecca Stead will gravitate to this heartfelt and beautiful tale that fits perfectly in the gray area between middle grade and young adult."

Sarah Polace, School Library Journal

"A bittersweet, hopeful coming-of-age story complicated by loss, saved by love, that ends with a song."

Kirkus Reviews


The Other Side of Summer US edition

Summer’s Story

Summer is trying to recover from a tragedy, but it seems impossible when her family is falling apart around her. Having an extraordinary best friend like Mal helps a little, but Summer’s secret source of happiness is a link to the past: one very special guitar.

Now her dad’s plan to save them is turning Summer’s life upside down again. The next thing she knows, they’ve moved to the other side of the world.

In Australia, Summer makes an unlikely friend, who seems to be magically connected to her guitar. Is this for real? Has a mysterious boy been sent to help Summer? Or could it be the other way around?

Junior Library Guild Selection (U.S. edition)
Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2017: SHORTLISTED
Aurealis Awards Best YA Novel 2016: SHORTLISTED
Indie Book Awards 2017: LONGLISTED

A follow-up book will be published in AUGUST 2018.

Article: Emily Gale on writing about death for young readers.


Emily Gale

About the author, Emily Gale

Emily’s writing includes two novels for teenagers – Girl, Aloud in 2009, Steal My Sunshine in 2013 – and Eliza Boom’s Diary, in 2014, for younger readers.

To find out more, visit Emily’s website

Teacher Resources

"The natural Australian bush setting allows the author’s imagery to shine, particularly in contrast to the icy cold of London."

Joy Lawn’s review in the Weekend Australian, 21st May 2016.


“A bittersweet, hopeful coming-of-age story complicated by loss, saved by love.”

Kirkus Reviews

[excerpt] “The natural Australian bush setting allows the author’s imagery to shine, particularly in contrast to the icy cold of London. Gale, a former Melbourne bookseller, is also skilled at evoking character and emotion in original, thoughtful images.”

Joy Lawn is a freelance reviewer and columnist for The Australian and Books+ Publishing. She also writes about children’s literature for Australian Book Review

[excerpt] “A beautifully rendered portrayal of grief, family and leaving things behind, The Other Side of Summer is a welcome addition to the shelves of Australian middle fiction. Emily Gale’s book gives her audience the respect they deserve—recognising that younger teens need a place in literature where they too can explore the parts of their life that are challenging or sad. This perfectly pitched piece is a beauty.”

Bec Kavanagh is a Melbourne based writer and reviewer. She is the schools coordinator for the Stella Prize and chair of LoveOzYA

Bec Kavanagh’s review in Books & Publishing, 6th April 2016.

“Summer Jackman is prickly, sad, funny – and absolutely loveable. This pitch-perfect story is full of hope and magic. Exquisite and unforgettable.”

Fiona Wood is the author of Six Impossible Things, Wildlife, and Cloudwish.

[excerpt] “The characters are strong and real from feisty Gran to bohemian Mal, rebel Wren and mysterious Gabe. It’s impossible not to care about them all. Death, grief and separation are handled with sensitivity, a gentle touch of magic realism and beautiful imagery perfectly and seamlessly pinned into place. Families reconnect, friendships grow and Summer heals. This is a story of hope, recovery and renewal. Highly recommended. For readers 11+.”

Sandy Fussell’s review in the Sunday Telegraph