Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Mardi Gras: Books in New Orleans

Sorry for the delay today! Thought I scheduled this one to publish, but I really just saved it instead.

It's Fat Tuesday! If you're British, you're using up the lard by gorging on pancakes. If you're in Brazil, you're into Carnival season. But here in the States, Fat Tuesday is Mardi Gras, and Mardi Gras headquarters is New Orleans.

To celebrate, our list of books take place in New Orleans.

Laissez les bontemps roulez!


Out of The Easy by Ruta Septys. In the 1950s, in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Josie is planning her escape. Her mother is a prostitute, and she hears the whispers behind her back. But then her mother gets her mixed up with murder investigation and Josie is caught in her own web of secrets and lies.

A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld. Neufeld picks six people, from completely different socio-economic walks of life and different neighborhoods and tells their stories both before and after Hurricane Katrina. Some evacuate, some end up in the Superdome. Some lose everything, some are fine, but all are forever changed, just like the city. Originally published for adults, teens will enjoy this full-color graphic novel.

The 13th Sign by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb. More tween than teen, Jalen finds a book at a voodoo shop in New Orleans and unlikes a new sign in the Zodiac. Suddenly, as the dates for the star signs shift to make room for this new one, everyone's personalities shift accordingly. Not only that, but the other signs are not happy, and it's up to Jalen to make it right.


Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi. In this post-apocalyptic world, New Orleans and Orleans II are under water. Nailer works on a light crew, scavenging old ships for copper wire. But then storm brings a new ship, and Nailer's hit pay dirt. Except the girl who owns the ship is still alive, and now they're both on the run. This won the Printz in 2011 and be sure to check out the companion novel, The Drowned Cities.

Shattered Dreams by Ellie James. Trinity has just moved back to New Orleans to move in with her aunt. Trinity's haunted by visions that come true. When a popular girl goes missing, Trinity feels obligated to share what she's seen about the disappearance. Only problem is, people don't believe in Trinity's visions-- they think she knows because she's involved. The first of the Midnight Dragonfly series, the second is Broken Illusions.

Hurricane Song: A Novel of New Orleans by Paul Volponi. After his mother's remarriage, Miles moves in with his father. His father concentrates on jazz, while Miles focuses on football, making the team and dreaming of playing pro. When Miles gets to the Superdome though, it's not for football, but rather taking shelter after Katrina hits.


Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton. New 2 is New Orleans that's been cut off from the rest of the country after natural disaster. Ari's always stood out, but in New 2, she's almost normal, until she finds out the truth of her past. While it looks and sounds like a paranormal, it's more mythology based. The first in a trilogy, the third will be out this fall. The second is A Beautiful Evil.

Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson. In Mississippi, Laurel looks like she has her life on track, but she turns to meth to forget what happened, to forget her life in New Orleans, and to forget when Katrina came and Laurel lost everything, and everyone.

Ruined by Paula Morris. While her father's away on business, Rebecca is sent to live an tarot-card reading aunt. Teased by the rich girls at school, the only friend she can find is Lisette, a ghost. But Lisette knows about family history, and ancient curses, and is willing to show Lisette. Check out the sequel, Unbroken.

What are your favorite New Orleans books?

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