Good morning and welcome back dear librarians!
I’m thrilled to share the news that Sarah McCarry’s DIRTY WINGS was chosen by Kirkus as a 2014 Best Teen Book. And School Library Journal named it a “Hot in YA” pick.
Praise for DIRTY WINGS:
“[A] lyrical stand-alone prequel…The prose is exquisitely crafted, moving effortlessly from dizzying to heartbreaking…A breathtaking companion volume, fully readable on its own and devastating in the context of its predecessor.–“Kirkus, starred review
“In this lyrical and romantic coming-of-age tale of friendship, rebellion, and identity, McCarry has penned a prequel to her debut, ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013)… McCarry’s hauntingly beautiful, darkly poetic language is her strength, and a sense of magical realism pervades the narrative throughout, hinting at danger lurking on the periphery. Fans of Francesca Lia Block’s works, such as I Was a Teenage Fairy (1998), the “Weetzie Bat” books, and The Rose and the Beast (2000, all HarperCollins) will devour McCarry’s sensual prose.”–School Library Journal
“The mothers of the girls featured in ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS (2013) receive their own girlhood story in this beautifully constructed and grim tale. Mirroring the myth of Persephone, the tale follows extraordinarily good and overprotected Maia as she makes friends with street kid Cass and they drive down the West Coast in a stolen car. Drugs, punk music, and freedom lead Maia to the too-early marriage that produces the previous book’s narrator. Maia and Cass are fully realized and their relationship, as detailed here, brings even more texture to McCarry’s portrayal of their daughters. Identity, musical talent, and poisonous relationships between parents and children are depicted in a bravura retelling of a classic myth.”–Booklist
**Don’t miss ABOUT A GIRL, the final book in Sara McCarry’s Metamorphoses trilogy.