"After a freezing winter, a boiling hot summer explodes with arson, a blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam, who is shooting young people on the street seemingly at random. Not only is the city a disaster, but Nora has troubles of her own: her brother, Hector, is growing more uncontrollable by the day, her mother is helpless to stop him, and her father is so busy with his new family that he only calls on holidays. And it doesn't stop there. The super's after her mother to pay their overdue rent, and her teachers are pushing her to apply for college, but all Nora wants is to turn eighteen and be on her own. There is a cute guy who started working with her at the deli, but is dating even worth the risk when the killer especially likes picking off couples who stay out too late? Award-winning author Meg Medina transports readers to a time when New York seemed about to explode, with temperatures and tempers running high, to discover how one young woman faces her fears as everything self-destructs around her."
by Meg Cabot
by Gary Soto
by Lynne Ewing
by Claudia Mills
by Graham Salisbury
by John Ritter
"Marisol Ramirez's narration moves fluidly from English to Spanish as she depicts 17-year-old Nora Lopez and her family. Nora's bilingualism is only one way she aids her Cuban immigrant mother, who speaks very little English. And that's not the only lack of communication in their home. Nora is continually criticized by her mother while her younger brother Hector, despite his ugly temper, is coddled. Ramirez's other narrative strength comes through in her portrayal of Nora's emotional struggles. As Hector's violent behavior increases, Nora's frustrations and worries escalate to fear. Tension is heightened by the story's setting, New York City's terrifying summer of 1977, when oppressive heat waves and blackouts and lootings are dominated by the Son of Sam murders. Overly responsible Nora struggles to come to terms with independence, love, and keeping family secrets. S.W. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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