Mardi Gras in the YA Book World

Hey everyone, it’s Sarah!

It is Fat Tuesday, time to grab your paczki, and get wild. Here are a few of my fav New Orleans books to get you in the spirit of today.

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys 



Murder mystery set during the 1920’s. Josie’s mother is a prostitute. The only person Josie could count on was the brothel’s

Madam and a local bookseller and his son. Josie is determined to be more than her mother, by getting out of New Orleans and going to college in the north east. Josie needs to find the funds and get the recommendations to obtain acceptance into college. As she is setting up her future, a visiting businessman is murdered. Josie was one of the last people to see the man, but so was her mother. The police want to catch the murderer, but their investigations may cost Josie her future.

This was an interesting historical novel. It is discusses pieces of history which are not typically covered through YA novels.

The Rules for Breaking by Ashley Elston


Second book in a series, but Mardi Gras makes an appearance.

Anna Boyd’s interaction with the crime boss and his colleagues comes to an end in this novel. No longer part of the Witness Protection Program, Anna has only her family and friends to protect her. The bad guys are back to coming after Anna and all she loves, there is a mole in the FBI, and nowhere is safe. Will Anna survive meeting with her pursuers again? Who can she trust, really?

It was a good continuation of the first novel. In fact, I think I liked this novel better than the first.

Shipbreaker by Paolo Bacigalupi


Nailer works as a ship breaker, where he scraps boats for parts. He and his friend Pima think that they have found their “lucky strike” when they find an expensive ship washed ashore. They could be set for life with the scavenge from this ship. However, they find a half-dead girl aboard and everything becomes less certain. Saving this girl creates conflict between his father and the people chasing her, will Nailer save her and stay alive to claim his reward.

The language was astounding. It read like a cross between Treasure Island and Icons (Margaret Stohl).

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