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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
At her parents’ wit’s end, 15 year old Wren is sent away to a last-chance desert survival camp due to her out-of-control weed-smoking, alcoholic bingeing, petty thievery and lying. The camp counselors (“jailers”) use tough love, directness and surprising storytelling-therapy to try to straighten out the wayward teens in the camp. Wren bristles at everyone who tries to help her, and her hard won survival skills – finding water, making fire – coupled with her own breakdown and realization that she was heading down the extreme wrong path is painful with hidden truths. The quest to find oneself in the desert is just the beginning of Wren’s story to find the correct path in life, once home. This book will resonate with both wayward teens, perhaps exploring the darker side of their misdeeds, as well as a teen looking for an adventurous read. - Maureen