It's National Grouch Day! The reason I chose the books I did may not be overly obvious, but see if you can figure it out...
Oscar Wilde - The Major Works by Oscar Wilde. This includes many of Wilde's works, including lit class staples The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. Two years after his father died on 9/11, 9-year-old Oskar is still reeling from the loss. When he finds a key labeled "Black" in his father's closet, he thinks it might offer some clues, so he sets out to find the lock that fits the key. Intertwined is the story of his grandparents-- survivors of the Dresden bombing. Published for adults, teens will enjoy this one.
Dark Dude by Oscar Hijuelos. Set in the late '60s, Cuban-American Rico's sick of being beat up for his white skin and poor Spanish (the result of a lengthy hospital stay as a child). When his friend Jimmy becomes a serious junky, Rico decides it's time to take a cue from Huck Finn, and runs away to a buddy's farm in Wisconsin. He blends in there, but it's still not the escape he thought it would be.
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. Oscar Wao is in many ways your over-weight fantasy nerd boy stereotype-- except he's Dominican, lives in the ghetto, and his family has been cursed for generations.
Candor by Pam Bachorz. In the town of Candor, everyone is perfect-- even the most troubled teens become model citizens. Oscar's father runs Candor and Oscar knows what he's doing-- and Oscar's doing everything he can to stop him.
The Lie by Oscar H. Bennett. When Terrell accidentally shoots and kills his brother Lawrence, he panics and tells everyone is was 3 white boys in a truck. But can he stick by his lie as he sees what happens next as his uncle demands justice and his neighborhood riots?
Let me know if you can figure out today's theme and add any books.
And then, in the words of everyone's favorite grouch, 'SCRAM!'
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