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From Barnes & NobleBarnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers
The Discover program has long been the domain of great literature for adults, but over the years, we've frequently seen our favorite titles go on to gain an audience among teen or young-adult readers. Examples abound, but a few recent choices include The Lovely Bones, Girl with a Pearl Earring, and Confessions of a Shopaholic.
With this trend in mind, we're proud to introduce our first Teen Discover selection, Lucas. Our Teen Discover titles will be chosen with the same commitment to literary excellence as our adult books. And our Teen Discover picks must qualify on an additional level: They must be great reads for both teenagers and adults.
That being said, we're delighted to highlight Lucas, the dramatic story of a young woman's encounter with the ugly side of humanity and her struggle to defeat it. British novelist Melvin Brooks's masterpiece is set on the island community of Hale over one summer, as 15-year-old Caitlin McCann realizes her small world is changing. Her brother is acting strangely, hanging out with the neighborhood reprobates and getting drunk, and her best friend follows his lead. To make matters worse, the son of an influential local has begun making lewd advances. And Caitlin feels she has no one in whom to confide: Her mother died in a car accident years ago, and her father, though loving and supportive, is a writer who spends much of his time holed up in his study.
It's in this confusing context that Caitlin encounters Lucas, a lean, blond, blue-eyed stranger who mysteriously appears on the island. Caitlin feels drawn to him, but the other local kids are not: they call him a gypsy, and even throw rocks at him. Before long, Lucas is accused of a crime he did not commit, and Caitlin finds herself in a moral quandary.
Lucas is filled with the kind of pain, love, and anguish that teenage readers adore. And Caitlin's quest to find her place in the world and to determine what's right is a struggle to which every teenager will relate. Why not start your own parent/teen book club with Lucas? Neither of you will be disappointed. (Summer 2003 Selection)