Burn Baby Burn

Burn Baby Burn

eBook - 2016
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While violence runs rampant throughout New York, a teenage girl faces danger within her own home in Meg Medina's riveting coming-of-age novel.Nora Lopez is seventeen during the infamous New York summer of 1977, when the city is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam who shoots young women on the streets. Nora's family life isn't going so well either: her bullying brother, Hector, is growing more threatening by the day, her mother is helpless and falling behind on the rent, and her father calls only on holidays. All Nora wants is to turn eighteen and be on her own. And while there is a cute new guy who started working with her at the deli, is dating even worth the risk when the killer likes picking off couples who stay out too late? Award-winning author Meg Medina transports us to a time when New York seemed balanced on a knife-edge, with tempers and temperatures running high, to share the story of a young woman who discovers that the greatest dangers are often closer than we like to admit — and the hardest to accept.
Publisher: 2016
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Somerville : Candlewick Press, 2016. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 1093 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9780763679989


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It's 1977 in Queens and the Son of Sam serial killer is on the loose. Nora, a senior in high school, must balance her family and friends with worries about her future and where she fits in as a woman. Nora begins to question why things are different for her as a girl and joins the Women's Movemen... Read More »

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SPPL_ReadBrave Aug 28, 2018

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina is the 2019 Read Brave Saint Paul primary book selection. Set in 1976 Queens, New York, it is a compelling, coming-of-age story about Nora Lopez, a Cuban American teenager, finding her place in a city where residents experience violence, racial tension, and housing insecurity.

CRRL_AdrianaP Jun 07, 2017

Takes place during the Son of Sam serial killing, which was absolutely fascinating (and rather scary) to read about.

JCLMelodyMK Mar 17, 2017

The summer of 1977 was preceded by a sub zero freezing winter followed by a boiling summer with temperatures of 3 digits most of the time. This leads to a very volatile summer.
Nora Lopez a 17 year old living with her abusive 16 year old brother Hector and their mother Mima in a small apt. with no air condition in of the many Burroughs of New York City.
Growing up I had heard of the black out in NYC and the Son of Sam serial Murders.
Reading this book brought me much closer to this time in history.
A quick read that I had a hard time laying down. I would recommend this book to any age, teen up to 100.

Jan 05, 2017

Medina's tale of one teen coming-of-age during the summer of 1977 was oddly comforting and completely engrossing. Nora is a wonderfully authentic heroine, responsible yet flawed, smart enough to know when she's making bad decisions but realistically juvenile enough to make them anyway, and with a typical teen's view of the adults, both well-meaning and disappointing, in her life. The romance is not the main plot, and remains sweet and even empowering with Nora setting most of the boundaries, but I especially loved the strong female friendship at the heart of the story. Diverse female role models abound in this book, from Nora and Kathleen, two teens determined to own their futures, to Stiller, the African-American activist neighbor who alternately supports and clashes with Kathleen's Catholic feminist mother. In general, Nora's relationships (both supporting and challenging) with her community, from her boss to her teachers to her best friend's parents, contributed much to the story's strong sense of place. And New York in 1977 is really almost a supporting character here. Medina's ability to bring to life the heat, the fear, and the social unrest that characterized that time and place creates an immersive reading experience without ever taking away from Nora's story. And it's strangely reassuring to remember that our country has been through turbulent times before, and continues to move forward. Pairing this slightly apocalyptic setting with the story of a teenager on the precipice of independence and adulthood, struggling to define her place in her family and in her community, and unsure of the future, makes for a truly outstanding read. Sure to appeal to a wide range of teen readers, and great for discussions about family, social history, and relationships.

Apr 23, 2016

Bleak, but enjoyable.

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina is an engrossing coming-of-age tale about a Latin-American teen, Nora Lopez. Nora's home life is unhappy, she bottles it up while learning unsavoury things about her brother, and crushing on the new kid at work. Oh, and it's the summer of 1977 and David Berkowitz is on his shooting rampage around New York.

This was a good read, but not at all what I expected! I chose it based on the synopsis *after* plucking it off the shelf because of the awesome disco ball cover art and catchy title.

Burn Baby Burn doesn't take itself as seriously as the blurb suggests it might, so you end up with a tale about growing up and out of yourself. Also, I just love a good story about regular people on the grind.

Actually, nothing about the Son of Sam aspect of the story was particularly sinister, so I'd even recommend it to teens/young adults.


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Jan 05, 2017

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