On August 1, 1876, Colorado became the 38th state in the union. To celebrate, here are some books that take place in, or written by people from, the Centennial State!
The Indigo Notebook by Laura Resau. Zeeta's lives in a new country every year and longs for a normal, settled life. When she arrives with her mother in Ecuador, her mother thinks about maybe settling down, leaving Zeeta to question if the settled life really is what she wants. Meanwhile, she meets Wendell, an American boy searching for his birth parents. The first in a series, follow it with The Ruby Notebook. Resau lives in Colorado.
Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle. Carly spent the summer at camp, getting in touch with nature, and becoming uncomfortable at the trappings of her upscale suburban life. Her little sister spent the summer turning hot. The two sisters still rely heavily on each other, but their personal changes have also changed their relationship. Myracle lives in Fort Collins.
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. Be sure to check out the companion novel, The Drowned Cities. Bacigalupi lives in western Colorado.
Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff. Hannah's best friend died six months ago and has been haunting her ever since. But this summer, there's a murderer on the loose and Lillian's ghost insists that Hannah must find and stop whoever's killing girls. Yovanoff lives in Denver.
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer. In 1996 Krakauer was part of an expedition to climb Mt. Everest. It was a disaster that killed 8 people. In this book he examines his own memories, what happened, and where it all went wrong. Part investigative piece, part memoir, and part grief exercise, this adult book is compelling reading that teens will enjoy. Krakauer lives in Boulder.
How to Save a Life by Sarah Zarr. Mandy is pregnant and know she can't keep the baby. After Jill's father dies, her mother decides to adopt a baby and brings Mandy to live with them in Denver. Jill doesn't want the baby, or Mandy, around-- her mom can't just replace her dad like that. Mandy has her own secrets and it's more than the pregnancy that she's running from.
Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles. In this sequel to Perfect Chemistry, Carlos is living with his brother Alex, at UC-Boulder, he's trying to get away from his gang past until he's framed by a drug lord. In order to avoid jail time, he lives with a professor, where he's drawn to Kiara, a girl nothing like the ones he normally goes for.
The School For Dangerous Girls by Eliot Schrefer. Angela is sent to a reform school in rural Colorado, but quickly discovers it's even more sinister than it seems. The relatively good girls are rehabilitated and sent home. The others are forced to live underground for the school's nefarious purposes. Can Angela save her friends?
Glimmer by Phoebe Kitandis. Marshall and Elyse wake up in Summer Falls with no idea how they got there. The Colorado mountain town is perfect-- always 72 degrees, and no one remembers anything bad. But perfect is also creepy and there's something very wrong going on.
Who are your favorite Colorado authors? Your favorite books set there?
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