Although it is possible to read this story as a standalone, I feel that you would be better served reading the series starting from the beginning to learn how it all started and how the characters' relationships have developed over the course of the series. You will not be disappointed by any of the stories in the series, but together they are an engrossing and addictive read. Pick up a copy today and immerse yourself in the life of Amanda Pepper.
Summer Schools in session and Amanda Pepper's English class is knee deep in Shakespeare’s tragedy "Romeo and Juliet". There is more than the study of the two star-crossed lovers going on at Philly Prep in the City Of Brotherly Love. Bigotry and gang mentality are brought up to and through the doors of the school. There is a drive by shooting outside and the bigots showing Flora, a fellow teacher, their hatred of beautiful dark skinned women. When she decided to teach summer school Mandy was hoping to make some extra cash. Instead she is caught up in the racism of teachers and students, the disappearance of a student and CK Mackenzie being out of commission due to a gunshot wound.
There are plenty of offers of help for Mandy, but can they find the girl and cleanse the school of the dark emotions brewing there.
"In The Dead of Summer" is the sixth book in the Amanda Pepper series and Gillian Roberts continues to have her characters grow and her plots reflect the world around us. Sometimes we need to have our fallacies pointed out to us so that we can overcome them and improve ourselves. I have fallen in love with Ms. Roberts Amanda Pepper series. Her characters are the type you cannot ignore. You will either love them or hate them, but you will never be indifferent to them.
Mellow old Philadelphia, where life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness have flourished for centuries, now has a new claim to fame. The City of Brotherly Love has been proclaimed number one in the nation...for hostility. English teacher Amanda Pepper, crabbily gearing up for summer school at exclusive Philly Prep, feels she fits right in with the hostility mode.
And it's going to get worse. Amanda gets her first prickling of unease in her own classroom, where a reading of Romeo and Juliet activates some very strange chemistry. Then the computer science teacher begins receiving anonymous "go-back-to-Africa" phone calls. A young Vietnamese boy dies in a drive-by shooting. And late one night, outside a Chinatown massage parlor, student April Tuong is kidnapped.
Random violence? Perhaps. But Amanda refuses to let gentle April vanish without at least asking a few questions, starting in her own classroom.
Gillian Roberts's Philadelphia is the real thing. So, too, are her wit and humor, and her gripping story of Amanda's tenacious search for the missing girl--along the brick streets of historic Philadelphia, in exotic Chinatown, and through the shady, sinister back alleys of the impoverished. The truth, when she finds it, is appalling, deadly, and much too close to home.