This article first appeared on the examiner on August 23, 2010.
Cecil Castellucci is one of those well-rounded Renaissance YA authors, you know, the type that does it all, writes fiction books for teens and picture books for kids, graphic novels, short stories, and a libretto for an opera. She also wrote and directed her first feature film, “Happy is not Hard to Be” in 2006.
In Castellucci’s “Beige”, Katy lives in Canada with her mom and has had very little contact with her American rock star father until her mom needs to go on an archeology dig without her. The only person who can take care of Katy for those 2 weeks turns out to be the Dad she never knew. There are loads of issues in “Beige” but it doesn't feel overwhelming or preachy--father/daughter issues; mother/daughter issues; friendship; self-esteem; drugs. Although the issues are serious, it's a fun read. “Beige” is a quick read and well worth it! Read the full Goddess Librarian review here.
Other Books (for teens)
“Boy Proof” “Queen of Cool” “Rose Sees Red”
You can find more information about Cecil Castellucci at her website and follow her on twitter.
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