Thursday, December 12, 2013

Pennsylvania Becomes a State

On this day in 1787, Pennsylvania became the second state.


Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson. In the early days of the United States and a yellow fever epidemic is raging through Philadelphia. Mattie quickly finds herself alone in a city that's been decimated by disease. She has to protect herself not only from the yellow fever, but also the thieves that stalk the streets, taking things from deserted houses. While trying to survive, she desperately tries to find out information about her friends and family and if they still live.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. Greg isn't pleased when his mom makes him hang out with Rachel, a girl with leukemia. He and Earl just like to hang out and make movies. When Rachel decides to stop treatment, they have one last movie to make. Andrews was born and raised in Pittsburgh.

Reality Boy by A. S. King. When Gerald was 5, his mother brought in a reality-show nanny to help solve her problem child. What his mother, and the TV viewers failed to see was that Gerald was acting out to the torment and abuse of his eldest sister. Now in high school, everyone expects to see the child they saw on TV, not the reality of Gerald today. King was born in Reading.


A Plague Year by Edward Bloor. Tom is from a small coal-mining town. After Flight 93 crashes in nearby Shanksville on 9/11, Tom watches as meth addiction starts and then sweeps through his town. He's always dreamt about getting out, but is now torn between trying to fix his town and running away to escape.

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey. High school is hard enough, but when a (very hot) foreign exchange student shows up claiming that you're a vampire princess and he's your fiance? And that you need to assume the throne soon to end a vampire war? Well, Jessica's life just got that much more difficult. To see what happens next, the sequel is Jessica Rules the Dark Side. Fantaskey lives in rural Pennsylvania.

Three Rivers Rising: A Novel of the Johnstown Flood by Jame Richards. In this verse novel, the love affair between upper-class Celstia and working class Peter comes to a head in 1889 with the Johnstown Flood.


Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by Dave Lubar. Faced with bullies and suddenly beautiful girls, Scott decides that high school would be so much easier if it came with a guide book. So, when his mother announces that she's pregnant (surprise!) he steps up to the big-brother plate and decides to write one for the baby. Lubar lives in Nazareth.

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. When Stargirl shows up, the school doesn't know what to make of her--she wears weird clothes, plays her ukelele where she feels like it, cheers for the other teams, and carries a pet rat in her backpack. Spinelli was born in Norristown and lives in Phoenixville.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Told in a series of letter to an unnamed friend, sensitive Charlie is struggling with normal teenage angst. With the help of some upper-classmen friends, he discovers the staples of alterna-teen high school--The Smiths, Rocky Horror, and makes the best mixtape ever. Chbosky was born in Pittsburgh.

What are your favorite books from the Quaker State?

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