Friday, July 31, 2015

Six top YA novels featuring cross-cultural friendships

Sarah Skilton is the author of Bruised, a martial arts drama for young adults; and High and Dry, a hardboiled teen mystery. At the B&N Teen blog she tagged six top YA books featuring cross-cultural friendships, including:
Burning Man, by Elana K. Arnold

Athletic Ben, a recent high school grad who hails from a small, crumbling mining town in Nevada, is one of the few teens in his area planning to attend college. Torn between leaving home on a college scholarship and abandoning everyone he knows, he is further thrown into turmoil when he meets Lala, a Romani girl who works as a fortune teller at the annual Burning Man festival. Lala is devoted to her family and her culture, and has accepted the fact that her parents have arranged her upcoming marriage. When her life collides with Ben’s, however, she begins to wonder whether a different future is hers to claim.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Page 69 Test: Burning.

--Marshal Zeringue