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Burn Baby Burn

By Meg Medina

While violence runs rampant throughout New York, a teenage girl faces danger within her own home in Meg Medina's riveting coming-of-age novel.

Nora Lopez is seventeen during the infamous New York summer of 1977, when the city is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam who shoots young women on the streets. Nora’s family life isn’t going so well either: her bullying brother, Hector, is growing more threatening by the day, her mother is helpless and falling behind on the rent, and her father calls only on holidays. All Nora wants is to turn eighteen and be on her own. And while there is a cute new guy who started working with her at the deli, is dating even worth the risk when the killer likes picking off couples who stay out too late? Award-winning author Meg Medina transports us to a time when New York seemed balanced on a knife-edge, with tempers and temperatures running high, to share the story of a young woman who discovers that the greatest dangers are often closer than we like to admit — and the hardest to accept.

  • A gripping new novel from the Pura Belpr -winning author of Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass.
  • Based on the real-life events of the tumultuous summer of 1977, when New York City was scorching - with relentless heat, and with arson - the Son of Sam was on the prowl, and the city plunged into darkness and chaos when the power went out.
  • Meg Medina once again tackles difficult topics - family tension, secrets, poverty, and violence - with a skilled and unflinching hand, depicting how those you try hardest to protect can be the ones who do the most harm.

About the author

Meg Medina is the author of YA novels Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, which received the Pura Belpré Author Award, and The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind, as well as the picture books Mango, Abuela, and Me and Tía Isa Wants a Car, winner of an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. She lives in Richmond, Virginia.

ISBN: 9780763674670
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: June 1, 2016
Dimensions: 139 x 209mm, 320pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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