YA Heads Up; ‘If I Stay’

Weeper alert. I usually don’t have the patience for this relatively new genre of a dying or dead teenage girl looking back on her life, yet… Gayle Forman had me at hello in If I Stay; complicated relationships, Gen X parents, Pacific Northwest setting and a hot, sensitive, cool boyfriend add up to a story that sneaks into your heart.

Dude, I cried.

[Ed note: Catherine Hardwicke, director of Twilight, has signed on to direct the movie of  If I Stay, the author’s second YA novel, after Sisters in Sanity. The book is also the #1 choice by independent booksellers on their Kids’ Indie Next List).

If I Stay
by Gayle Forman
Retail Price: $16.99
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile – (2009-04-02)
ISBN / EAN: 0525421033 / 9780525421030

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Featured on Weekend Edition, Sunday – Claudette Colvin

In 1955 a fifteen-year-old Black girl was arrested when she refused to give up her bus seat to a White woman nine months before Rosa Parks. This is her story:

Before Rosa Parks, There Was Claudette Colvin, by Margot Adler

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

by Phillip Hoose
Retail Price: $19.95; (2009-01-20)
Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: FSG (BYR)
ISBN / EAN: 0374313229 / 9780374313227

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