Thursday, November 21, 2013

North Carolina Statehood

On this day in 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state. To celebrate, here are some books that take place in or are written by people from the Tar Heel state.


The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic by Allan Wolf. This verse novel captures the voices of many aboard the ship, as well as other voices, such as the rats and the iceberg. Wolf lives in Asheville.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis. Amy is cryogenically frozen on a spaceship, but someone has tried to murder her by unplugging her early. Now she's trapped on a ship full of people who have never known life off the ship. Follow it with A Million Suns. Revs lives in rural North Carolina.

Something Rotten by Alan Gratz. In this retelling of Hamlet, set in Tennessee, Horatio Wilkes is visiting is best friend Hamilton. Hamilton's father has been poisoned, but only Hamilton and Horatio believe it. Luckily, they're on the case. Follow it with the next Horatio Wilkes mystery, Something Wicked. Gratz lives in Western North Carolina.


Shine by Lauren Myracle. When Cat's best guy friend is viciously beaten and left for dead, the town of Black Creek, North Carolina and police don't take it as seriously as Cat would like. So, she's striking out on her own to investigate who did this, and why.

Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard. When a friend drowns at the beginning of the school year at their North Carolina boarding school, Alex and Glenn can't save him, but when they're questioned about what happened, they don't tell everything.

Belles by Jen Calonita. Isabelle lives by the North Carolina beach on the wrong side of the tracks, but when her guardian grandmother is sent into assisted living, she's forced to move in with posh relatives she's never met. Follow it with Winter White.


Debbie Harry Sings in French by Meagan Brothers. When he's sent to live with his uncle in North Carolina, goth Johnny becomes obsessed with Blondie and Debbie Harry and wants to dress like her. He knows he's not gay, but he's not sure what he is.

Scrambled Eggs at Midnight by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler. Calliope is sick of moving around and living in a tent with her Ren Faire mother, eliot misses life before his father opened his religious fat camp. Together, they might just find themselves.

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 lives in Charlotte.

What are your North Carolina must reads?

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