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Purple Daze

Sherry Shahan


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Hardcover (3/22/2011)


Set in suburban Los Angeles in 1965, six friends' stories of love, friendship, and heartbreak told in free verse.

Praise For Purple Daze

"A cutting-edge novel, strategically written to keep you wanting more as you delve deeper into the love and conflict of the rocky 1960s. Sure to please both young adult and adult audiences."New York Journal of Books

"Shahan's writing pulls no punches as she offers a poignant mosaic that functions on personal and universal levels."Publishers Weekly

"Captures the tension and desperation of 1960s young people who were caught up in the events while highlighting the chaos with song lyrics. Will enable young adults to identify on a personal level with The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, which is often included in curriculum lists."VOYA

"Features snapshots of the turbulence of 1965 as caught in both a wide angle and telephoto lens. Perfect for short attention spans. Reluctant readers may be the best audience to enjoy this fast ride through the period."School Library Journal

"Puts us on the front lines of funky times, from Los Angeles to Da-Nang. A far out, implosive, psychedelic trip that ends in indictment. This is spectacular."Rita Williams-Garcia, author of One Crazy Summer, National Book Award finalist, and Newbery Honor, Scott O'Dell Historical Award, and Coretta Scott King Award winner

"A raw and stunning portrait of the '60s. For those who lived them, Purple Daze will bring your past to life. For those who didn't, this story will make you feel as though you did."Catherine Ryan Hyde, author of Pay It Forward

"Part history, part teen survival, Shahan drops you into the Vietnam era with compelling authenticity and emotional force."Wendelin Van Draanen, author of The Running Dream

Running Press Kids, 9780762446094, 224pp.

Publication Date: July 31, 2012

About the Author

Sherry Shahan is both an author and a photo illustrator. She has written more than thirty children's and YA books, including the bestselling Alaskan-based adventure, Frozen Stiff. Sherry loves to travel, which has been an inspiration for many of her books. When she isn't riding through Africa on horseback or on dogsleds in Alaska, you will probably find her dancing whether it be on ice-capped mountains or in dance contests. Sherry attended high school in Los Angeles during the tumultuous 1960s. She kept letters from a friend who served in Vietnam. One day, more than forty years later, she opened the shoe box where they were stored. These letters inspired the fictional character Phil. Sherry holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. You can visit her online at