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The Year of the Beasts (Roaring Brook)Award-winning young adult author Cecil Castellucci launches her new book The Year of the Beasts, featuring a tale of love and jealosy told in alternating chapters of prose and comics (drawn by Nate Powell!).
"Castellucci and Powell make a powerful team.... What emerges is a map that leads into the maze of grief, and an elegant evocation of the monster crouched at its center." --Booklist
"Sophisticated readers will eat this . . . right up." --Kirkus
Cecil Castellucci is the two-time MacDowell Colony fellow and award-winning author of five books for young adults including Boy Proof (Candlewick, 2005), The Plain Janes (Minx/DC Comics, 2007), and Beige (Candlewick, 2007). This year she also accepted a position as YA and children’s books editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books, a newly launched online magazine. Cecil Castellucci's books have been on the American Library Association's (ALA's) BBYA, Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Great Graphic Novels for Teens lists, as well as the NYPL Books for the Teen Age and the Amelia Bloomer list. Born in New York City, Cecil lives in Los Angeles.
Every summer the trucks roll in, bringing the carnival and its infinite possibilities to town. This year Tessa and her younger sister Lulu are un-chaperoned and want to be first in line to experience the rides, the food . . . and the boys. Except this summer, jealousy will invade their relationship for the first time, setting in motion a course of events that can only end in tragedy, putting everyone's love and friendship to the test. Alternating chapters of prose and comics are interwoven in this extraordinary novel that will break your heart and crack it wide open at the same time.