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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Boston Marathon Tragedy: Books set in Boston

I feel like I should mark what happened in Boston yesterday, but how? I decided on books set in Boston-- YA Reading List's version of a love letter to a city.

    

My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park by Steve Kluger. Told in three voices-- TC, his best friend Augie, and the new girl, Ale. They tell the story of their freshman year, of Mary Poppins, and the Red Sox, as they and their family find love and acceptance.

The Ivy by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur. Callie is going to college in Boston, well, just outside of Boston. Starting her freshman year at Harvard, she has to navigate a new world. The first in a gossipy and fun series, follow it with Secrets.

What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones. In this sequel to What My Mother Doesn't Know, Robin thought life would improve when Sophie became his girlfriend, but life is still hard. It does improve when he's invited to take an art class at Harvard.

    

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party by M. T. Anderson. Octavian is a slave, but one owned by a group of scientists, who give him an extensive classical education and closely monitor and document his growth and development, both phyiscal and mental. But as their expirements get more and more risky, Octavian has to admit certain hard truths about the reality of his situation. Follow it with The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves.

Worst Enemies/Best Friends by Annie Bryant. Set in Brookline, Charlotte is the new girl at Abigail Adams Junior High. The first in a long-running series, follow it with Bad News/Good News.

Notes From An Accidental Band Geek by Erin Dionne. Elsie's dad plays French Horn with the Boston Symphony. Her grandfather was also a noted horn player. Elsie also plays and wants to live up the standards they set, but in order to get into the music camp of her dreams, she needs to broaden her musical resume-- Elsie's joining Marching band.

    

Bounce by Natasha Friend. Evyn, her brother, and their father are moving from Maine to Boston, because Evyn's father is getting remarried. Not only does she have to get used to a new city, new school, and new stepmother, but she also has 6 new step-siblings.

The Great Molasses Flood by Deborah Kops. On the younger side, but people today just don't know about January, 1919, when a Molasses tank exploded and a tidal wave of over 2 million gallons of molasses flooded Boston. Older readers may want to go for Stephen Puleo's Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919.

Little Black Lies by Tish Cohen. Sara is entering the most elite private school in the country as a junior and a complete unknown. She quickly rises up the ladder of social standing, but only be keeping a few secrets-- mainly that the only reason she got in is because her father's the new janitor.

What are your favorite books about Boston?

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