Ginny Wiehardt is currently seeking representation for Sugar Summer, an upper-middle-grade novel. In Sugar Summer, recently orphaned 13-year-old Scarlet and her college-aged sister Ivy inherit a Brooklyn mansion and an abandoned sugar factory from their high-society grandmother. Scarlet moves from her hometown in Pennsylvania to live with Ivy in New York. While Scarlet yearns to connect to the family she’s lost, her fashion-major sister obsesses about her boyfriend and their grandmother’s vintage wardrobe. Left at home alone when Ivy goes to a party, Scarlet decides to visit the factory the next day by herself.
The 19th-century factory harbors a forgotten world of conveyor belts, catwalks, defunct machines—and a runaway named Ash. Ash shares Scarlet’s love of adventure, and he seems to understand loss in a way her old friends don’t. As they explore the factory and the city beyond it, Scarlet starts to like Ash as more than a friend. But when Ivy accuses Ash of stealing from them—and then of setting the factory on fire—Scarlet has to choose between her crush and her relationship with her sister.
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