"Brooklyn, Burning is a masterful novel that made my heart ache. Everything in the book lives--the streets of Brooklyn, the enchanting characters, and the struggle of gender and love. Brezenoff has drawn us a brilliant reminder that acceptance is only a smile away and innocence has many forms. Through flawless writing and a genius structure, this novel will make you sit down and take notice." —A.S. King, Printz Honoree and author of Please Ignore Vera Dietz and Everybody Sees the Ants
"Steve Brezenoff's gorgeous, sad, and hopeful Brooklyn, Burning is a love letter to Brooklyn, a love letter to music booming from the basement, and most of all, a love letter to every kind of love (but especially the punk rock kind). <3." —Bennett Madison, author of The Blonde of the Joke
"A gritty but nuanced story of two years in the life of a street kid whose world veers from dream to nightmare and back again. Like Brooklyn in the summer, Brezenoff's book is hot and intense." —Ellen Wittlinger, award-winning author of Hard Love and Parrotfish
When you're sixteen and no one understands who you are, sometimes the only choice left is to run. If you're lucky, you find a place that accepts you, no questions asked. And if you're really lucky, that place has a drum set, a place to practice, and a place to sleep. For Kid, the streets of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, are that place. Over the course of two scorching summers, Kid falls hopelessly in love and then loses nearly everything and everyone worth caring about. But as summer draws to a close, Kid finally finds someone who can last beyond the sunset.
Brooklyn, Burning is a fearless and unconventional love story.
About Steve Brezenoff
Steve Brezenoff is the author of dozens of chapter books for younger readers and the young adult novel The Absolute Value of -1. Born in Queens, Steve has lived in the suburbs on Long Island, on a couch on Manhattan's Upper East Side, a few feet from the 7 train in the Sunnyside neighborhood in Queens, and across the Hudson River in Jersey City—but none of those places has stuck with him or been missed as acutely as Brooklyn, where he lived on and off for much of his twenties and early thirties. Steve now lives in St. Paul, with his wife, Beth, their son, Sam, and dog, Harry..
"Ellen Levine has written an engaging and honest novel that reminds us how far we've come, and how far we have yet to go, in giving young women the natural right to own their own bodies. In Trouble will be a portable friend to readers who are struggling to give birth to themselves." —Gloria Steinem
"Ellen Levine has captured the lives of an ordinary family living in the Bronx in the 1950's whose everyday existence is suddenly upended by two events: the father standing up for his beliefs and Jamie, the daughter, facing the consequences of a shocking trauma. Levine vividly portrays Jamie's struggle to understand what has happened to herself, her family, and her best friend Elaine at a time when the country was scared of the 'Commie' threat and teenagers faced few options when they got 'in trouble.' This story is a prescient reminder of how fragile legal rights may be – whether asserting our political opinions or choosing how to control our bodies-when societal winds suddenly change course. But it is also a beautifully wrought coming of age tale that speaks to every generation." —Jane M. Spinak, Esq., Edward Ross Aranow Clinical Professor of Law, Director, Child Advocacy Clinic, Columbia University Law School
Jamie and Elaine have been best friends forever, and now they're finally juniors in high school. Elaine has a steady boyfriend, and Jamie could have one—if she'd just open her eyes and see Paul. But Jamie has a bigger problem to worry about. Then Elaine gets "in trouble"—something they thought only happened to "other" girls. Are there any good choices for a girl in trouble?
In Trouble is a novel born of author Ellen Levine's interviews with women who came of age in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including those who knew what it was like to be a teen facing a horrible choice. In the decades before Roe v. Wade, a young woman "in trouble" had very few options—and all of them meant shame, isolation, and maybe much worse. Jamie and Elaine's stories are just two among the thousands of stories of teenagers facing unplanned pregnancies.
About Ellen Levine
Ellen Levine is the author of many books, including Henry's Freedom Box, a Caldecott Honor book, and Darkness Over Denmark, which was a National Jewish Book Award finalist and was awarded the Trudi Birger Jerusalem International Book Fair Prize. Her book Freedom's Children won the Jane Addams book award and was named one of the Ten Best Children's Books of the Year by the New York Times. Levine is a woodcarver and a lapsed civil-rights lawyer, and she taught at Vermont College's Master of Fine Art in Writing for Children and Young Adults program.
"Once upon a time there was a girl who was special. This is not her story. Unless you count the part where I killed her."
Sixteen-year-old Alison wakes up in a mental institution. As she pieces her memory back together, she realizes she's confessed to murdering Tori Beaugrand, the most perfect girl at school. But the case is a mystery. Tori's body has not been found, and Alison can't explain what happened. One minute she was fighting with Tori. The next moment Tori disintegrated—into nothing.
But that's impossible. No one is capable of making someone vanish. Right? Alison must be losing her mind—like her mother always feared she would.
For years Alison has tried to keep her weird sensory abilities a secret. No one ever understood—until a mysterious visiting scientist takes an interest in Alison's case. Suddenly, Alison discovers that the world is wrong about her—and that she's capable of far more than anyone else would believe.
About R.J. Anderson
R.J. Anderson (known to her friends as Rebecca) was born in Uganda, raised in Ontario, went to school in New Jersey, and has spent much of her life dreaming of other worlds entirely. She is the author of several books for young readers, including Spell Hunter and Wayfarer, which VOYA called "a thrilling, addicting read."
She is the author of several books for young readers, including Spell Hunter and Wayfarer, which VOYA called "a thrilling, addicting read."
Carolrhoda Lab is dedicated to distinctive, provocative, boundary-pushing fiction for teens and their sympathizers. Carolrhoda Lab probes and examines the young-adult condition one novel at a time, affording YA authors and readers an opportunity to explore and experiment with thoughts, ideas, and paradigms in the human condition. Adolescence is an experience we share and a condition from which some of us never quite recover. All of us at Carolrhoda Lab are proud to proclaim our lifelong adolescence and our commitment to publishing exceptional fiction about the teenage experience.