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APPLE: Skin to the Core
Levine Querido * October 2020 * 352 pages * YA/ages 12-18
Printz Honor Winner ★ National Book Award Longlist ★ Earphones Award ★ “Timely and important.” Booklist, star ★ “Searing yet dryly funny.” The Bulletin, star ★ “Exceptional.” Shelf-Awareness, star ★ "Captivating." School Library Journal, star ★ TIME’s 10 Best YA and Children's Books of 2020 ★ An NPR Best Book of 2020 ★ Shelf Awareness's Best Books of 2020 ★ Publishers Weekly’s Big Indie Books of Fall ★ Most Anticipated Book for Fall, Literary Hub ★ Most Anticipated Book for Fall, The Week ★ Amazon’s Best Book of the Month ★ An AICL Best YA Book of 2020 ★ CSMCL Best Multicultural Children's Books of 2020
“Stirring…. Raw and moving.”—TIME
“Beautiful imagery and with words that soar and scald.”—The Buffalo News
“The kind of book is bound to save lives.”—Literary Hub
Rights licensed: Audio/Dreamscape, Library Book Club/JLG, School Book Club & Fair/Scholastic; Large Print/Thorndike
The term "Apple" is a slur in Native communities for someone supposedly "red on the outside, white on the inside." Ganworth’s uniquely written novel-in-verse is set to the pacing of Beatles songs; it’s a powerful and profoundly raw memoir about growing up in the Native community -- compelling read for adults of all ages.
Gansworth is one of the most cutting edge YA authors writing today, and one of the most important Native voices in all of literature. LQ has two more Young Adult books signed with Gansworth, both straight prose – no poetry. The first is a ground-breaking, coming-of-age story about a kid growing up on the reservation and his relationships with his great-uncle who is the last traditional medicine man on the rez, his mother, his friends, and most especially, the white man who once dated his mother. A true, classic bildungsroman in all the best senses.
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