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The Year of the Beasts (Paperback)
Every summer the trucks roll in, bringing the carnival and its infinite possibilities to town. This year Tessa and her younger sister, Lulu, are unchaperoned and want to be first in line to experience the rides, the food . . . and the boys. Except this summer, jealousy will invade their relationship for the first time, setting in motion a course of events that can only end in tragedy, putting everyone's love and friendship to the test.
Alternating chapters of prose and comics are interwoven in "The Year of the Beasts," an extraordinary novel from Cecil Castellucci and Nate Powel that will break your heart and crack it wide open at the same time.
About the Author
Cecil Castellucci is the two-time MacDowell Colony fellow and award-winning author of five books for young adults, including Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, and Beige. This year she accepted a position as YA and children's books editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books, a newly launched online magazine. Cecil Castellucci's books have been on the American Library Association's BBYA, Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and Great Graphic Novels for Teens lists as well as the NYPL Books for the Teen Age and the Amelia Bloomer list. Born in New York City, Cecil lives in Los Angeles.
"A poignant and entertaining mixture of storytelling and nightmare." —VOYA "Sophisticated readers will eat this . . . right up." —Kirkus Reviews"This is a book teens will likely read and reread." —Publishers Weekly
Wow - what a page turner! 8th grader Ryan Quinn has no idea his parents are part of a super secret "Underground Railroad"-type organization that operates in many of the world's most dangerous places. And now he must try to save both of them, with the help of some of his school friends. I loved the way debut author McGee gets inside the head of his protaganist, as well as his technogeek friend Danny. These characters ring true, the action is non-stop and fans of adventure, spy thrillers and plain fun will be eagerly awaiting the next installment. - Maureen