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From the Printz Honor Winning-author of Carnival at Bray…


NEIGHBORHOOD GIRLS by Jessie Ann Foley

Advance Praise for NEIGHBORHOOD GIRLS: “Foley’s anticipated second book takes on Chicago police brutality with a tough, sensitive, and modern sensibility…Where Carnival [at Bray] was steeped in nineties nostalgia and the magic of Europe, this is a heartbreakingly modern representation of a city at the heart of America, propelled by Wendy’s singular, matter-of-fact voice.”ALA Booklist STARRED review

“A riveting tale about a troubled teen finding her way through the wilds of high school life.” — Kirkus Reviews


From Printz Honor winner and William Morris Debut Author Award finalist Jessie Ann Foley comes a novel tinged with magical realism about the daughter of a fallen cop who encounters betrayals, broken friendships, and new-found faith.

Jessie’s first book, The Carnival at Bray, took the YA lit world by storm and surprise with its gritty realism in telling the story of a teen girl coming of age in 90s Ireland, winning a Printz Honor as a sleeper hit out of Elephant Rock Productions. NEIGHBORHOOD GIRLS, Jessie’s second novel, takes that same raw honesty and nuance to the blue-collar neighborhoods of contemporary Chicago. It centers around Wendy Boychuck, whose world collapses in on her when her father, a famously tough-on-crime cop and Wendy’s hero, gets thrown in jail for using cruel and unusual practices on his suspects – a monstrous side of him his family had no idea existed. Not only is the Boychuck name not safe on the streets of Chicago anymore, but Wendy’s Catholic high school – the one every woman in her family has attended for
generations – is being forced to shut down just in time for her senior year due to a swiftly shrinking student body.

This is the world of NEIGHBORHOOD GIRLS – a world that is changing quickly for the members of white middle class communities with blue-collar roots and where it’s safer to align yourself with the mean girls in the neighborhood than to take a risk on striving for a better life.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jessie Ann Foley is a high school English teacher who writes fiction for young adults. Her debut novel, THE CARNIVAL AT BRAY, was a Printz Honor Winner, a William C. Morris Debut Award finalist, a YALSA Top Ten Fiction for Young Adults title, and KIRKUS REVIEWS Best Teen Book.

NEIGHBORHOOD GIRLS is her second novel. To learn more about Jessie, visit her online at www.jessieannfoley.com.
NEIGHBORHOOD GIRLS by Jessie Ann Foley
HarperTeen / $17.99 / 9780062571854
Ages 14 and UP

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