Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

Burn Baby Burn by Meg MedinaBurn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
Published by Candlewick Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
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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.


Infused with iconic imagery, complex characters, and riveting references, Meg Medina takes the reader back in time to New York City, the summer of 1977, the summer of the infamous Son of Sam murders. Burn Baby Burn is an intense, plot driven, carefully crafted piece of literature. A tome filled rich with diverse characters, historical context and an unforgettable voice.  

Meg Medina does it again…pretty much flawless.



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