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Burn Baby Burn

By Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Riveting coming-of-age tale set in dangerous summer of '77.

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A Latina teenager in New York City fights for her future in this gripping and relatable coming-of-age novel set against actual events during the summer of 1977. The characters who live in Nora's multiethnic Queens neighborhood are never stereotypical and provide readers with powerful lessons on race, cultural diversity, and the beginnings of feminism.

The iconic 1970s people, music, and movies (disco, Star Wars, and Farah Fawcett) woven into the story provide a bright and sometimes lighthearted contrast to the often dark times in Nora's life. Throughout the book, McCormick keeps the story focused on Nora and her struggles and never lets her become overshadowed by the sensational happenings of the summer.

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