A! Magazine for the Arts

"The Summer the Air Changed" by Padgett Gerler

July 6, 2021

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - The nationwide release of "The Summer the Air Changed"by Padgett Gerler is announced.

Gerler grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, where she loved small-town life, created lasting friendships, and swam in the icy, mountain-stream-fed Jackson River. Leaving the mountains for college, she graduated from North Carolina State University with an accounting degree. After earning her CPA certificate, she practiced accounting until 2010, when she left her career to pursue fiction writing.

In "The Summer the Air Changed," life is right normal for 14-year-old Bit Sizemore and her precocious 12-and-a-half year old best friend, Wisteria Calliope Jones, until Bug Jeter sees Jesus in a rock and changes little Lovington, North Carolina, forever. Tourists discover the sleepy mountain town, big-city pretty-boy Palmer Lee Compton threatens the girls' friendship, and the town's pets begin disappearing. That's when Wisteria decides that it's up to her and Bit to solve the mystery of the missing pets, while side-stepping the minefields of hurt feelings and teen crushes.

"The Summer the Air Changed” is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble.com, and through Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc.