Summer That Melted Everything by McDaniel Tiffany
Fielding Bliss has never never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heatwave scorched the small town of Breathed Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil. When local prosecutor Autopsy Bliss publishes an invitation to the devil to come to the country town of Breathed Ohio nobody quite expects that he will turn up. They especially don't expect him to turn up as a tattered and bruised thirteen-year-old boy. Fielding the son of Autopsy finds the boy outside the courthouse and brings him home and he is welcomed into the Bliss family. The Blisses believe the boy who calls himself Sal is a runaway from a nearby farm town. Then as a series of strange incidents implicate Sal - and riled by the feverish heatwave baking the town from the inside out - there are some around town who start to believe that maybe Sal is exactly who he claims to be. But whether he's a traumatised child or the devil incarnate Sal is certainly one strange fruit: he talks in riddles his uncanny knowledge and understanding reaches far outside the realm of a normal child - and ultimately his eerily affecting stories of Heaven Hell and earth will mesmerise and enflame the entire town. Devastatingly beautiful The Summer That Melted Everything is a captivating story about community redemption and the dark places where evil really lies.