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"In Sirens, a conspiracy involving a notorious gangster binds
two seemingly unconnected young women — Jo (age 17) and Lou (age 21) —
together in unexpected ways. From assorted speakeasies to the Algonquin,
New York City in the roaring twenties comes to life in this fantastic
Fans of The Great Gatsby, Libba Bray's The Diviners, and Bright Young Things will be captivated by Janet Fox's Roaring Twenties tale.
Two girls. One gangster. A deadly secret.
When Josephine's father ships her off to live with her rich cousins on the glittering island of Manhattan, he says it's to find a husband. But Jo knows better--there's trouble brewing, and in 1925, all that glitters is not gold. Caught up in a swirl of her cousin's bobbed-hair set--and the men that court them--Jo soon realizes that this world of jazz and gangsters and their molls hides a nest of lies. But when she befriends the girlfriend of one of the most powerful and dangerous gangesters in town, Jo begins to uncover secrets--secrets that threaten an empire and could destroy everyone she loves. Jo is faced with a choice: hang on to her soul, or lose herself in the decade of decadence.
About the Author
Janet Fox is a former teacher and a writer of fiction and nonfiction. She is the author of the award-winning Get Organized Without Losing it, written for middle-school children. She has written two young adult novels, Faithful and Forgiven, companion novels. She is a graduate of the MFA/Writing for Children and Young Adults program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Janet lives with her husband and their college-age son in the mountains of Montana.
Visit her online at janetsfox.com, www.kidswriterjfox.blogspot.com/, Twitter: @janetsfox, janetsfox.com, www.facebook.com/AuthorJanetFox
"Yes, there’s a mystery here. It involves Jo’s supposedly dead brother, Lou’s gangster boyfriend, bootlegging, a bombing, missing pages from a journal, and more than a few Dark Secrets. All of which was quite fun, though it’s not why Sirens was a stand-out for me. . . . Sirens is a celebration of girl power, sisterhood, and hope for the future." --Leila Roy for Kirkus Reviews blog
A 2011 Amelia Bloomer list pick
A 2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee
"Fox combines mystery, romance, and a young girl's coming-of-age in this satisfying historical tale." --Booklist
"The thrilling episodes . . . will engage readers." --SLJ on Faithful
A Junior Library Guild Selection
"[Forgiven is] absorbing, exciting, and romantic!" --Nancy Werlin, NBA finalist and New York Times bestselling author of Impossible
"[Forgiven is] a riveting, well-written, wonderful story." --Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor Winner, NBA finalist and NY Times bestselling author
"Kula’s story comes to a heartbreaking, bittersweet conclusion that will leave readers satisfied." --SLJ
"[A] gripping tale!" --Booklist