What do you do when you suspect your new best friend is actually a ghost? This lovely illustrated mystery is perfect for fans of Studio Ghibli - spooky & strange enough to thrill young readers, and sweet enough to capture just about anyone's heart.— From Maddie
A very endearing book by Japan’s beloved children’s author, Sachiko Kashiwaba. Temple Alley Summer features two mysterious stories, which involve young Kazu and his best friend, Akari. Over the course of the summer, these two friends are challenged to solve the mystery of a hidden Buddhist temple, and the neighborhood ghosts it protects. The book also features beautiful illustrations by Miho Satake, who worked on both Howl's Moving Castle and Kiki’s Delivery Service, making it a perfect book for any Studio Ghibli fan.— From Elisa
“Temple Alley Summer is like a three-in-one book — a manga-like feel, a modern Japanese story, and fable, all in one. I loved the ghost girl, Akari, and the genuine Kazu. This could be a read aloud or a stand-alone book. One of my summer picks!”
— Kira Wizner, Merritt Bookstore, Millbrook, NY
Winner of the 2022 Mildred L. Batchelder Award
A July/August 2021 Kids' Indie Next Pick
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
From renowned Japanese children's author Sachiko Kashiwaba, Temple Alley Summer is a fantastical and mysterious adventure filled with the living dead, a magical pearl, and a suspiciously nosy black cat named Kiriko featuring beautiful illustrations from Miho Satake.
Kazu knows something odd is going on when he sees a girl in a white kimono sneak out of his house in the middle of the night--was he dreaming? Did he see a ghost? Things get even stranger when he shows up to school the next day to see the very same figure sitting in his classroom. No one else thinks it's weird, and, even though Kazu doesn't remember ever seeing her before, they all seem convinced that the ghost-girl Akari has been their friend for years
When Kazu's summer project to learn about Kimyo Temple draws the meddling attention of his mysterious neighbor Ms. Minakami and his secretive new classmate Akari, Kazu soon learns that not everything is as it seems in his hometown. Kazu discovers that Kimyo Temple is linked to a long forgotten legend about bringing the dead to life, which could explain Akari's sudden appearance--is she a zombie or a ghost? Kazu and Akari join forces to find and protect the source of the temple's power. An unfinished story in a magazine from Akari's youth might just hold the key to keeping Akari in the world of the living, and it's up to them to find the story's ending and solve the mystery as the adults around them conspire to stop them from finding the truth.