Monday, June 20, 2016

Six top YA books set in pre-gentrified NYC

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 YA books that take place when New York City was pretty gritty, including:
Tell the Wolves I’m Home, by Carol Rifka Brunt

June Elbus is 14 in 1987, the year her beloved uncle Finn, a kindhearted painter living in NYC, dies of AIDS. At the time, the little-understood illness was highly stigmatized, and Finn’s death causes a rift in June’s family; her parents blame his heretofore secret boyfriend, Toby, and June no longer connects with her changeable older sister. But June and Toby unexpectedly begin to lean on one another during their time of mutual grief, building a friendship that helps assuage each other’s loneliness.
Read about another entry on the list.

Tell the Wolves I’m Home is among James Mustich's top five books ready to be brought to the silver screen.

--Marshal Zeringue