The Carnival at Bray

The Carnival at Bray

eBook - 2014
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Winner of the 2014 Helen Sheehan YA Book Prize It's 1993, and the Teen Spirit Generation pulses to the hum of the grunge movement. Sixteen-year-old Maggie Lynch is plucked from her blue-collar Chicago neighborhood to a small town on the Irish Sea. Surviving off care-packages of Spin magazine and Twizzlers from her rocker uncle Kevin, she wonders if she'll ever find her place in this new world. When tragedy and first love simultaneously strike, Maggie embarks upon a forbidden quest to fulfill a dying wish. Her pilgrimage takes her from the coastal town of Bray to a dodgy youth hostel in Dublin and finally to a life-altering Nirvana concert in Rome. Maggie finds adventure, amazing music, and a mess of trouble, but also a previously untapped strength in herself to really live. Unlike other YA novels, this story is beautifully character-driven and devoid of far-fetched coincidence. It avoids the tropes of being set in nameless suburbia or told in a sardonic first-person voice. The time period will appeal to the counterculture teens of today who have posters of Kurt Cobain plastered on their walls as well as the older set of readers who grew up with Maggie. Additional bonus features and suggested reading lists create an entire experience for any age.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Elephant Rock Productions, Inc., 2014.
ISBN: 9780989515542
Branch Call Number: Internet Access
Characteristics: 1 online resource (235 pages).


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ArapahoeSusanW Dec 01, 2017

A terrific teen read set in the 90's, the era of grunge and Kurt Cobain, Carnival at Bray follows 16 year old Maggie from Chicago to a seaside Irish town. Struggling to fit in, lonely for her rocker uncle Kevin, Maggie finds an unlikely friend and sounding board in octogenarian Dan Sean and love with townie, Eion. The author handles deep issues such as suicide and family upheaval with care and sensitivity.

ArapahoeTiegan Nov 01, 2017

Set in 1993-1994, this book follows Maggie, who is uprooted from her home in Chicago when her mother remarries and has everyone move to Ireland so her new husband can help with his family's business. Maggie has a close relationship with her uncle, who is ten years older than her. He guides her towards all the best books and music, even sending her tickets to see Nirvana in Rome. Maggie struggles to fit in, but starts to figure things out by discovering what she doesn't want to be and meeting the amazing boy who works at the Quayside. This was a pretty fun book, looking back at teenage life in the 90s, before technology essentially connected everyone. It was amazing to virtually live the after concert experience in Rome - as I was only 1-2 years old at this time I didn't even know who Nirvana was yet, so I really missed out on something great. It's also pretty cool to have the book set in Ireland and have a great character like Dan Sean who is 100 years old and is the bridge to old Ireland and where Ireland is now (in the 90s).

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