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Purple Daze by Sherry Shahan

Purple Daze (edition 2011)

by Sherry Shahan

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Book of poems and journal entries. Brings life to the turmoil of the 1960's. ( )
  TeamDewey | Apr 30, 2014 |
A story of the year 1965 told from the view point of 6 high school friends in free verse and poetry style. The relationships were difficult to discern at times. I thought that there was much hidden in the writing that would not be obvious to the target audience. Quick read. ( )
  dms02 | Feb 27, 2014 |
The Sixties: a time of free spirits, revolutionary measures, devastating war, and an intensely evolving American culture. This fiction-based historical recount embraces a tone and format as unique as the era it seeks to illuminate. Echoing the voices of the typical teenager superimposed upon a not-so-typical backdrop, this collection of journal entries, notes, and poetry addresses a wide range of experiences, emotions, and inner hopes and fears. The perspectives of six focal students—Ziggy, Mickey, Cheryl, Nancy, Don, and Phil—are intermixed with short summaries of historical events that shaped this intense time in our nation’s history. The student excerpts, while simple in structure and length, are rife with hidden meaning and underlying contexts, such that less advanced readers may struggle to grapple with the intended significance. Nonetheless, this book provides an engaging supplement—if not alternative—to otherwise content-heavy tomes describing the profound events of 1965. ( )
  paulavev | Dec 5, 2012 |
Using a timeline technique, this book gives glimpses into the lives of a fictional group of high schoolers throughout the socially and politically explosive year 1965. Each narrator, loosely based on the author and her own friends, tells her or his experience through mediums including short letters, journal entries and stream-of-consciousness musings. Interspersed throughout these narratives are nuggets of historical information — from brief biographical accounts of figures like Malcom X and Norman Morrison to selective fact sheets on Lysergic Acid Diethylamide and Napalm to summary retellings of such events as “Bloody Sunday” and the SDS march on Washington to excerpts from speeches given by President Johnson and Martin Luther King, Jr. and quotes from popular music as well as songs sung at boot camp. This book is essentially a mini-course on American history. In particular, it humanizes the American youth experience of the Vietnam war. In one vivid juxtaposition, readers learn about the Thanksgiving menu served to military brass on one page, followed by character Phil’s writing home about eating expired SPAM. Not all tame, though, there are bloody depictions of events from both the war and the civil unrest at home. The topic of abortion is also glossed over. Although aimed at teens, the content in this book is quite mature. In addition, the short chunks of text give the deceptive appearance of an easy read; instead, the book requires readers to make informed inferences to fully comprehend its suprisingly deep-treatment of content. Recommended for upper high school. It could be used in a collaborative unit between English and history teachers. Also a good study of point of view. ( )
  English_Teacher | Nov 3, 2012 |
It is 1965. Mickey and Ziggy are in the midst of a turbulent relationship when Mickey enlists in the Navy. Nancy and Phil’s relationship hits a low point when Phil is drafted by the Marines and leaves for Vietnam. Cheryl, dealing with an attempted assault by a leering neighbor, struggles to keep her relationship with Don afloat until he betrays her. These teens are dealing with love, friendship, sex (and its consequences), loss, and betrayal like adolescents of any era. Their stories, however, are set in the context of the traumatic and devastating Vietnam War. Each page of this short novel-in-verse continues the story from the point of view of a different character. Some pages are presented as letters, some as poems, and some as journal entries. Mixed in with the stories of the individual characters are speeches by prominent leaders of the time such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Lyndon B. Johnson and other historical documents that help place the reader in the time period. The reader will be unable to stop until they learn the fate of the characters, particularly Phil who is fighting for his life. This novel provides a gritty and realistic glimpse into this time period that will appeal to teenagers, while teaching them about this important era in history. ( )
  sguzick | Oct 22, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0762440716, Hardcover)

Purple Daze is a young adult novel set in suburban Los Angeles in 1965. Six high school students share their experiences and feelings in interconnected free verse and traditional poems about war, feminism, riots, love, racism, rock 'n' roll, high school, and friendship.

Although there have been verse novels published recently, none explore the changing and volatile 1960's in America-- a time when young people drove a cultural and political revolution. With themes like the costs and casualties of war, the consequences of sex, and the complex relationships between teens, their peers, and their parents, this story is still as relevant today as it was 45 years ago.

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Six high school students in a high school in Los Angeles in 1965 express their experiences and feelings in journal entries, notes, letters and poems.

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