The Mixed-Up Summer of Lily McLean

Lindsay Littleson


Quick Look

  • Jacqueline Wilson fans will love this laugh-out-loud summer adventure
  • A beautifully written and heartfelt story by Lindsay Littleson, winner of the Kelpies Prize 2014
  • Set on the island of Cumbrae, a popular tourist destination off the west coast of Scotland

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.

Floris Books
Age Range:
From 8 to 12 years
192 pages
Publication date:
23 Apr 2015


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.


'A fun and quirky read, ideal for fans of Jacqueline Wilson and Sarah Webb.'
-- Children's Books Ireland

'Admirably short and an easy read, but still full of everything that’s 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.'

'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


Lindsay Littleson is a primary school teacher in Renfrewshire, Scotland. Since taking up writing for children in early 2014 she has published a short story with Walker Books, in addition to winning the Kelpies Prize with her first children's novel, The Mixed-Up Summer of Lily McLean.


The Mixed-Up Summer of Lily McLean was the winner of the Floris Books' Kelpies Prize for new Scottish writing for children. Find out more about the Kelpies Prize and send your manuscript: next year, it could be your book being published!

Don't miss the Discover Kelpies website for children with exclusive author interviews, fun stuff and latest gossip on your favourite Scottish stories.

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