Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Purple Daze is an explosion: a moment in time smashed into a thousand glinty, sharp-edged pieces, precise and dazzling.”
  Tim Wynne-Jones, author of The Uninvited

"I stayed up half the night reading Purple Daze and didn’t want it to end. Ziggy, Mickey, Cheryl, and Phil have found a permanent home in my heart."
  Valerie Hobbs, author of Sheep, California Young Reader Medal

"Sherry Shahan took me right back to the 60's with this deftly-written, politically charged novel-in-verse. Be warned -- "Purple Daze" will put a spell on you, too!"
  Ron Koertge, award-winning author of Strays
"Shahan's PURPLE DAZE 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, Newbery Honor, Scott O'Dell Historical Award, Coretta Scott King Author
“Shahan captures the tension and desperation of ‘60s young people who were caught up in the events, while also highlighting the chaos with song lyrics.  PURPLE DAZE will enable young adults to identify on a personal level with The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien (Houghton Mifflin, 1990), which is often included in curriculum lists.”
  VOYA, April 2011
Complete review: week-6/

“It’s a fast read and the story is really thought consuming.  It also incorporates history.  I could not stop reading until I was finished.”
  Taylor Lovett, Duxbury Free Library Teen Galley Reader
"Sometimes a book can surprise you. Sometimes you open a book and don’t know what to make of it. Sometimes you stay up until midnight reading a book and then stay up until three, reading it again. Sometimes all three are true, and (for me) that was the case with YA novel PURPLE DAZE by Sherry Shahan"
  Book End 1/18/11

"A raw and stunning portrait of the 60’s. 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 14 novels, including Pay It Forward

"Compelling authenticity and emotional force....“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 and Flipped

More reviews....and they keep coming:)
March 4:
March 18 (Aimee/YA Librian. Email:
March 22 (Katy/History teacher in Bakersfield/Community College):
“The novel is, in a word, unforgettable.  In three words, it’s a beautiful experience.”
KIRKUS (Feb. 2011) “ . . . . a valuable, vivid snapshot of how Vietnam shaped a generation.”
Complete KIRKUS review:
As leading-edge baby boomers turn 65, this novel in verse tracks their coming of age in 1965, a year marked by social and political unrest, racial violence and the official onset of the second-longest war in U.S. history. Readers’ guides are six white, working-class, suburban Los Angeles teens—Ziggy, Cheryl and Nancy, paired with Mickey, Don and Phil—fearing and longing for change to rock their world. Soon Phil receives his draft notice and joins the Marine Corps; Mickey joins the Navy to escape an alcoholic single dad and dead-end future; opportunist Don watches from the sidelines. Left adrift and dissatisfied, the girls start to break free of the passive role assigned to them. A kind English teacher (readers will notice parallels to Nikki Grimes’s Bronx Masquerade, 2001) helps Ziggy find her footing; Nancy discovers the anti-war and feminist movements. Interspersed with historical tidbits and individuals—recent Vietnam history, civil rights struggles, Lyndon Baines Johnson, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr.—this loosely chronological collage is most effective in the letters Phil, mired in Vietnam, sends to Cheryl. Because they don’t affect the characters directly, other historical events depicted—civil rights especially—have little impact. Nonetheless, a valuable, vivid snapshot of how Vietnam shaped a generation.(historical timeline) (Historical fiction. 14 & up)

1 comment:

  1. This is so cool! I'm excited for both of you. Can't wait to get my hands on this book!



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