Purple Daze by Sherry Shahan


Purple Daze by Sherry Shahan

Purple Daze is a young adult novel set in suburban Los Angeles in 1965. Six high school students share their experiences and feelings in interconnected free verse and traditional poems about war, feminism, riots, love, racism, rock 'n' roll, high school, and friendship. 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.


A cutting-edge novel, strategically written to keep you wanting more as you delve deeper into the love and conflict of the rocky 1960s. Sure to please both young adult and adult audiences. --New York Journal of Books 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

About the Author

Sherry Shahan is both an author and a photo illustrator. She has written more than thirty children's and YA books, including the bestselling Alaskan-based adventure, Frozen Stiff. Sherry loves to travel, which has been an inspiration for many of her books. When she isn't riding through Africa on horseback or on dogsleds in Alaska, you will probably find her dancing whether it be on ice-capped mountains or in dance contests. Sherry attended high school in Los Angeles during the tumultuous 1960s. She kept letters from a friend who served in Vietnam. One day, more than forty years later, she opened the shoe box where they were stored. These letters inspired the fictional character Phil. Sherry holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. You can visit her online at sherryshahan.com.

More books by this author

Other Formats

Book Info


224 pages
Interest Age: From 14


Sherry Shahan
More books by Sherry Shahan


Publication date

16th August 2012



LoveReading4Kids is a modern and creative way of emphasising the value and importance of books in this digital age #booksforlife

Amrit Bunet – Teen

We love Lovereading4kids because it promotes reading choices, new authors and a sense of community for children of all ages!

Rachel Bridgeman

It is THE website to use for narrowing down your search for any book. Definitely knocks the socks off any other book review website.

Nickey and Tomasz Hawryszczuk

I love Lovereading4kids because I get an opportunity to put my opinion forward and to try new books

Elosie Clarkson – age 11

Lovereading4kids is great, we get books really early never late. We love to read and review, and think you would like it too. The excitement

Jasmine Harris-Hart, age 12

I love all the books they recommend & put up for me to review. I also love the fact that they give new authors the chance to share their boo

Daisy Pennock – age 15

Lovereading is just a convenient way to find new books and hear others opinions on them.

Sarah Murray – age 15

I think Lovereading4kids is an amazing company because of the friendly staff and the fabulous chance to read great books before publication.

Adam Graham

Lovereading 4 schools