The Mixed-Up Summer of Lily McLean

By Lindsay Littleson

Format: Paperback

Lily's got loads going on with her loud, messy family and distracted mum. But when she starts getting warnings about a holiday on the little Scottish island of Cumbrae, her summer gets weirder and weirder. A beautifully written, laugh-out-loud adventure.

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Floris Books

Floris Books is an independent publishing company based in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2016 Floris won the Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year. Floris Books is the largest children's book publisher in Scotland and are well known for the Kelpies range of Scottish children's books. They also publish international children’s books and an extensive list of non-fiction books, including alternative education, agriculture, health, parenting and religion.

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Lily's already got plenty going on living with a moody teenage sister, two feral brothers and a messy baby sister. Mum and Gran are stressed to the max, both dads are out of the picture and the cats aren't exactly pulling their weight. But when she starts getting mixed-up warnings not to go on holiday to the tiny, safe Scottish island of Cumbrae, her summer just gets weirder and weirder.

The thing is, whoever's talking to Lily doesn't even seem to know she's doing it. If she's a ghost, she's not a very good one. And there's something about her that Lily finds awfully, spine-tinglingly familiar. . .

Spend the summer with Lily McLean in this beautifully written, laugh-out-loud adventure by Kelpies Prize winner Lindsay Littleson.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Format Paperback
Imprint Floris Books
Publication Date 23 Apr 2015
ISBN 9781782501800
Number of Pages 192

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Press Reviews

'Admirably short and an easy read, but still full of everything thats important in life. And now I want to go to Cumbrae.'

-- Bookwitch

'Funny, beautifully written, original and finally extremely moving, this is young teen fiction at its best.'

-- Nicholas Tucker, Carousel

'This is an amazingly assured début novel. Lindsay Littleson is a terrific writer, and I for one can't wait to see what she writes next.'

-- John K. Fulton,

'... a charming story set on the West Coast of Scotland. This is a perfect summer story all about families, friends and well some very weird happenings.'

-- Armadillo

'This is a gently thought-provoking book, beautifully paced and cleverly structured and it should be on the shelves of every junior school library. Four stars.'

-- Books for Keeps

'A summer read to be read at any time of year. 10/10'

-- Nayu's Reading Corner

'A gripping and exciting read that gets a big thumbs up from us.'


'... a fun and quirky read, ideal for fans of Jacqueline Wilson and Sarah Webb.'

-- Children's Books Ireland

'This book is a joy to read'

-- Iram, Forrester High, Teen Titles

'Brimming with imagination and beautifully written... a charming and engaging read. With plenty of humour and a lovely plot twist this is a great novel for anyone aged 9 and above.'

-- Christina Banach, Author of Minty

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