Harriet Reuter Hapgood

Harriet Reuter Hapgood

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Square Root of Summer

Square Root of Summer
Realistic Fiction
Recommended for teens

Gottie H. Oppenheimer is a lot of things: Seventeen. Great at math. Tall. Half-German. Motherless. And she's losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe surrounding her sleepy seaside town begins to fray, it sends Gottie through wormholes to her past: To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she made love to a boy who wouldn't even hold her hand at the funeral. To the day her childhood best friend Thomas Althorpe moved to Canada, leaving her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory. Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie's summer - and life - are about to be changed forever.



When we asked our authors what they were or might have been voted in HS, Harriet answered I was voted “most hair colours in a year” in my last year of secondary school.

Other Fun Facts

  • I can't ride a bike, but I used to be able to.
  • My most embarrassing moment involves buying too many books at a book festival, carrying them in a tote bag, spraining my shoulder in the signing queue, and being stretchered out of the venue to an ambulance...
  • One of my tattoos is in French, a language in which I'm only proficient in relation to ordering food. Lots and lots of food.
  • For four years running my friends and I entered the country show vegetable carving competition using only carrots. We did not win.
  • I can sign three things in British Sign Language: Miss Polly Had a Dolly, White Christmas, and the phrase "that boy is dreamy."