Purple Daze

By Sherry Shahan
(Running Press Kids, Hardcover, 9780762440719, 207pp.)

Publication Date: March 2011

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Purple Daze is a young adult novel set in suburban Los Angeles in 1965. Six high school students share their experiences and feelings in interconnected free verse and traditional poems about war, feminism, riots, love, racism, rock 'n' roll, high school, and friendship.

Although there have been verse novels published recently, none explore the changing and volatile 1960's in America-- a time when young people drove a cultural and political revolution. With themes like the costs and casualties of war, the consequences of sex, and the complex relationships between teens, their peers, and their parents, this story is still as relevant today as it was 45 years ago.




About the Author
Sherry Shahan is a travel writer and a children's book author. She has written several picture books and middle-grade novels, including Ice Island and Death Mountain. She lives in California.
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