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Although there have been verse novels published recently, none explore the changing and volatile 1960's in America-- a time when young people drove a cultural and political revolution. With themes like the costs...
Although there have been verse novels published recently, none explore the changing and volatile 1960's in America-- a time when young people drove a cultural and political revolution. With themes like the costs and casualties of war, the consequences of sex, and the complex relationships between teens, their peers, and their parents, this story is still as relevant today as it was 45 years ago.
"Shahan's writing pulls no punches as she offers a poignant mosaic that functions on personal and universal levels."—Publishers Weekly
"Captures the tension and desperation of 1960s young people who were caught up in the events while highlighting the chaos with song lyrics. Will enable young adults to identify on a personal level with The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, which is often included in curriculum lists."—VOYA
"Features snapshots of the turbulence of 1965 as caught in both a wide angle and telephoto lens. Perfect for short attention spans. Reluctant readers may be the best audience to enjoy this fast ride through the period."—School Library Journal
"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, and Newbery Honor, Scott O'Dell Historical Award, and Coretta Scott King Award winner
"A raw and stunning portrait of the '60s. 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 Pay It Forward
"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
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Posted April 21, 2011
Take me back in time baby and give me the ride of my life! This book is super easy, super fast to read. It is told from six different point of views. It was either in a poem form, letter, or just thoughts. There was lots of information about what is going on in there time. There was president's speeches, war drafts, civil rights laws, birth's and death's of important people who played an important role in our history.
The whole drama of these six people made for a great story. All of their lives intertwined with the war, music, and laws, made you feel like you were really in the sixties. The reader got to see a great insight to how things really were back then. All of the six people stories were amazingly told with good writing.