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The Year of the Beasts

The Year of the Beasts

Cecil Castellucci, illustrated by Nate Powell

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Every summer the trucks roll in, bringing the carnival and its infinite possibilities to town. This year Tessa and her younger sister, Lulu, are unchaperoned and want to be first in line to experience the rides, the food . . . and the boys. Except this summer, jealousy will invade their relationship for the first time, setting in motion a course of events that can only end in tragedy, putting everyone's love and friendship to the test.

Alternating chapters of prose and comics are interwoven in The Year of the Beasts, an extraordinary novel from Cecil Castellucci and Nate Powel that will break your heart and crack it wide open at the same time.

Tri-State Reviews Committee Books of Note - Master List, PEN Center USA Literary Award Finalist, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year


They rolled into town in the middle of the day: large covered wagons and flatbed trucks hauling disassembled rides that looked like futuristic dinosaur bones. They settled over by...

Praise for The Year of the Beasts

“Sophisticated readers will eat this . . . right up.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This is a book teens will likely read and reread.” —Publishers Weekly

“A poignant and entertaining mixture of storytelling and nightmare.” —VOYA

Reviews from Goodreads

Cecil Castellucci, illustrated by Nate Powell

Cecil Castellucci is the two-time MacDowell Colony fellow and award-winning author of five books for young adults, including Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, and Beige. This year she accepted a position as YA and children's books editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books, a newly launched online magazine. Cecil Castellucci's books have been on the American Library Association's BBYA, Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and Great Graphic Novels for Teens lists as well as the NYPL Books for the Teen Age and the Amelia Bloomer list. Born in New York City, Cecil lives in Los Angeles.

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Nate Powell

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