Thursday, May 23, 2013

South Carolina Ratifies the Constitution

On this day in 1788, South Carolina ratified the Constitution, becoming the 8th state. Here's a list of books written by South Carolinians or take place in the Palmetto State!


The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy. Will promises his dying father he'll go to the Carolina Military Institute for college. One there, he's shoved into the harsh world of military hazing while trying to expose a group of powerful students known only as The Ten. Published for adults, teens will like this. It takes place in Chareleston and Conroy lives in Fripp Island.

Hush by Jacqueline Woodson. When Toswiah's father testifies against some fellow police officers, their lives are in danger so they join the Witness Protection Program. One day she's Toswiah Green, living in Denver. The next, her name is Evie Thomas and she lives very far away. But her name and location are not the only things that have changed as her family tries to cope with the changes. Woodson spent her early childhood in Greenville.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. Generations after The Return, Mary longs for more out of life than her existence in her small, isolated village. When the fences break, Mary and her friends must flee, to confront everything they've been told is out there, and everything they hoped may be as well. The first in a trilogy, follow it with The Dead-Tossed Waves. Ryan was born and raised in Greenville.


Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Lena is not happy to move to Gaitlin, a small town in South Carolina town. Once there, she's more dismayed by her inability to control her weird powers and the fact her family seems to be cursed. Ethan can't wait to leave Gaitlin, but then Lena moves to town, a girl that has been in his nightmares for months. The first in a popular series, follow it with Beautiful Darkness.

Virals by Kathy Reichs. Tory Brennan (niece of Temperance Brennan, star of Reich's adult novels that inspired the TV show Bones) lives on a small island off the South Carolina coast. While exploring the island, they come across a creepy research lab that's doing experiments on parvovirus-- experiments that mean Tory and her friends can (and will) be infected. The first in a series, follow it with Seizure.

Shadowlands by Kate Brian. After escaping from a serial killer, Rory and her family are forced into witness protection, relocated to a vacation island off the coast of South Carolina. But when one of their friends goes missing, Rory fears that she's been found, and her horors are about to begin again.


The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove by Lauren Kate. In this retelling MacBeth, Natalie is about to get her wish of being crowned Miss Palmetto, but in dealing with the competition, things went horribly wrong, and Natalie has to cover her tracks, and cover them well.

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols. Leah loves to fly-- it's the only escape from her South Carolina trailer park, and she gets a great job flying for a company that flies advertising banners behind planes. But when the owner dies, his sons take over. Leah's blackmailed into staying on, but she's a pawn between Alec and Grayson.

Saving Maddie by Varian Johnson. Josh has always been the perfect preacher's kid and followed his family's rules. But then Maddie comes back to town. Josh's father wants his help in saving her, but as Josh gets to know her, Maddie needs no saving at all.

What are your favorite books and authors from South Carolina?

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