Beneath a Meth Moon: An Elegy (Paperback)

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Jaqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

Hurricane Katrina took her mother and granmother. And even though Laurel Daneau has moves on to a new life--one that includes a new best friend, a spot on the cheerleading squad, and dating the co-captain of the football team--she can't get past the pain of that loss. Then her new boyfriend introduces her to meth, and Laurel is instantly seduced by its spell, the way it erases, even if only temporarily, her memories. Soon Laurel is completely hooked, a shell of her former self, desperate to be whole again, but lacking the strength to break free. But with the help of a new friend--and the loyalty of an old one--she is able to rewrite her own story and move on with her own life.

Dreamlike in quality and weaving flashbacks to the hurricane in with Laurel's present-day struggles, this is a stunning novel that readers won't want to miss.

About the Author

Jacqueline Woodson (, is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, is th winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, is the author of Newbery Honor winners After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way, Coretta Scott King Honor winner and Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner Miracle's Boys, National Book Award finalists Locomotion and Hush, and many others. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

Praise For…

"A moving, honest, and hopeful story."
-Kirkus, starred review

"Woodson maintains tension throughout, making it abundantly clear how easy it is to succumb to meth and how difficult it is to recover from it."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This powerful, stripped-down novel chronicles a girl's journey from popular cheerleader to homeless meth user to recovering addict...An outstanding novel that succeeds on every level."
-School Library Journal, starred review

"Woodson takes us on the dark journey of addiction, mimicking the slow, hazy spell of drug use with the lull of her poetic prose. . . . Laurel's descent is brutally honest. . . . An intimate and compelling story of survival."
-The Horn Book

"As accurate as it is heartbreaking; readers will be deeply moved . . . they'll sympathize with [Laurel's] desire to find some way to feel better. . . . Readers looking to understand the attraction of a destructive substance will get a glimmer of understanding."
-The Bulletin of the Center for Children���s Books

"Will not disappoint readers. . . . Ends on a hopeful note: perhaps it is possible to write pain 'into the past and leave some of it there,' and reimagine a future."


Product Details
ISBN: 9780142423929
ISBN-10: 0142423920
Publisher: Speak
Publication Date: February 7th, 2013
Pages: 188
Language: English