A story about first love, first fights, and finding yourself in a messed up world, from Stephen Emond, acclaimed author of Happyface.
Walter Wilcox has never been in love. That is, until he meets Naomi, and sparks, and clever jokes, fly. But when his cop dad is caught in a racial profiling scandal, Walter and Naomi, who is African American, are called out at school, home, and online. Can their bond (and mutual love of the Foo Fighters) keep them together?
With black-and-white illustrations throughout and a heartfelt, humorous voice, Bright Lights, Dark Nights authentically captures just how tough first love can be...and why it's worth fighting for.
“Readers will be left with plenty on their minds and in their hearts.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“This illustrated novel is timely and realistic. Walter's voice is funny and true, and the banter between him and Naomi is clever and engaging... This book is an excellent addition to any young adult collection.” —VOYA, starred review
“The relationship here is more true-to-life and awkward than swooningly romantic, but that's what sets Emond's book apart. A real slice of contemporary teenage life that's painfully honest about the below-the-surface racism in today's America.” —Booklist
“A timely choice that will get teens talking.” —School Library Journal