The Carnival at Bray

The Carnival at Bray

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Winner of the 2014 Helen Sheehan YA Book Prize It''s 1993, and the Teen Spirit Generation pulses to the hum of the grunge movement. Sixteen-year-old Maggie Lynch is plucked from her blue-collar Chicago neighborhood to a small town on the Irish Sea. Surviving off care-packages of Spin magazine and Twizzlers from her rocker uncle Kevin, she wonders if she''ll ever find her place in this new world. When tragedy and first love simultaneously strike, Maggie embarks upon a forbidden quest to fulfill a dying wish. Her pilgrimage takes her from the coastal town of Bray to a dodgy youth hostel in Dubl
Publisher: Ashford, Connecticut : Elephant Rock Productions, Inc., 2014.
ISBN: 9780989515542
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Characteristics: 1 online resource (265 p.)
Summary: Winner of the 2014 Helen Sheehan YA Book Prize It''s 1993, and the Teen Spirit Generation pulses to the hum of the grunge movement. Sixteen-year-old Maggie Lynch is plucked from her blue-collar Chicago neighborhood to a small town on the Irish Sea. Surviving off care-packages of Spin magazine and Twizzlers from her rocker uncle Kevin, she wonders if she''ll ever find her place in this new world. When tragedy and first love simultaneously strike, Maggie embarks upon a forbidden quest to fulfill a dying wish. Her pilgrimage takes her from the coastal town of Bray to a dodgy youth hostel in Dubl

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LPL_MollyW Dec 29, 2014

Maggie moves from Chicago, where she attends Smashing Pumpkin concerts with her 26-year-old uncle, to live in a small town outside Dublin, Ireland, when her mom remarries. A year in the seaside town brings a close friendship with her 99-year-old neighbor, first love, and a daring adventure to see Nirvana in Rome, the perfect grunge rock pilgrimage. But what really makes this novel stand out is the family dynamics. Maggie's complicated relationship with her mother, sister, grandmother, and uncle are ones any teenager can relate to. With excellent writing and character development, it's obvious why this debut novel was nominated for the Morris Award. While I'm generally skeptical of novels for teens that are set during the time period the author was a teen, rather than present day, this story will appeal to today's teens as well as those who can read it for the nostalgia of the grunge rock 90s.

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