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Every Now and Then
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That summer would change us...forever

he summer of 1960 was the hottest ever for Summit, Wisconsin. For kids seeking relief from the heat, there was a creek to be swum in, sprinklers to run through, and ice cream at Whitcomb's Drugstore. But for Frankie, Viv, and Biz, eleven-year-old best friends, it would forever be remembered as the summer that evil paid a visit to their small town and took their young lives as they'd known them as a souvenir.

With a to-do list in hand, the girls set forth from their hideout to make their mark on that summer, but when three patients escape from Broadhurst Mental Institution their idyllic lives take a sinister turn. Determined to uncover long-held secrets, the girls have no idea that what they discover could cost them their lives and the ones they hold dear.

Six decades later, Biz remembers that long ago summer in Every Now and Then. A story about ties that bind forever, the timelessness of guilt and grief, and the everlasting hope for redemption.

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Crooked Lane Books, Paperback, (October 2020), ISBN: 978-1643853543



"Kagen perfectly portrays the sense of invincibility felt by young girls, whose lives have not yet been touched by tragedy. This fast-paced and suspenseful outing will captivate Kagen's fans and do much to win her new ones."
   —Publishers Weekly (Starred review)

"Every Now and Then is a perfect summer sky of a story, in which lots of lovely blue is mixed with a few dark, descending clouds. Lesley Kagen offers a wry, winning story told in the enchanting voice of adolescence and with the pitch perfect vernacular of 1960. Filled with secrets, lies, and all the truth of what it is to be human, especially in a small town, Every Now and Then is a story every heart will embrace."
   —William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author of Ordinary Grace and This Tender Land

"Time travel back to small town life in 1960s Wisconsin, where three eleven-year-old best friends spend the hottest summer on record in their treehouse, not knowing evil is lurking close by and coming for them. At turns nostalgic, haunting and edge-of-your-seat suspenseful, Every Now and Then is another triumph from Lesley Kagen."
   —Wendy Webb, #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author of Daughters of the Lake

"Part mystery, part coming of age, Every Now and Then brought back wonderful memories of my childhood, when the summers were endless and my best friend and I found ourselves in the middle of numerous bizarre adventures. A rollicking good read!"
   —Ellen Marie Wiseman, bestselling author of What She Left Behind and The Orphan Collector

"Lesley Kagen's Every Now and Then is a poignant, beautifully told story about family, friendship and foul-play in a small town in Wisconsin in 1960. It centers around Biz, Viv and Frankie—three 11-year-old best friends and the summer adventures that will change their lives forever. With characters that leap off the page, mysteries both innocent and evil, multi-leveled humor and twists you never see coming, this novel is delightful and unputdownable—I can't recommend it enough!"
   —Jane Healey, bestselling author of The Beantown Girls

"Lesley Kagen's Every Now and Then ticks all the best boxes. Bygone small-town life so well described you can taste it? Check! Three BFF girlfriends scraping knees and taking names and having the summer of their eleven-year-old lives? Check! Compelling escapades featuring the likes of mental institutions, escaped murderers, and witches? Check! This novel is delightful!"
   —Laurie Frankel, New York Times bestselling author of This Is How it Always Is

"Kagen's trademark blend of childhood curiosity and hidden mysteries shines in this richly imagined coming-of-age adventure. In the sweltering summer heat of 1960, three young friends become entangled in secrets and life-threatening evil that shakes their small Wisconsin town to its core and impacts their lives forever."
   —Beth Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt