November 8, 2011
November 8, 2011
Sandinista Jones is a high school senior with a punk rock name and a broken heart. The death of her single mother has left Sandinista alone in the world, subject to the random vulnerability of everyday life. When the school system lets her down, her grief and instability intensify, and she ponders a violent act of revenge.
Still, in the midst of her crisis, she gets a job at The Pale Circus, a funky vintage clothing shop, and finds friendship and camaraderie with her coworker, a boy struggling with his own secrets.
Even as Sandinista sees the failures of those with power and authority, she's offered the chance to survive through the redemptive power of friendship. Now she must choose between faith and forgiveness or violence and vengeance.
Named after a Clash album, 18-year-old Sandinista Jones finds her life falling apart after her mother's sudden death. A horrible incident with Mrs. Bennett, a cruel math teacher, sends Sandinista into a downward spiral. Dropping out of high school, she gets a job at the Pale Circus, a funky vintage clothing store where her co-worker, Bradley, seems to be as lost as she is. More and more distraught about school and no one seeming to care, Sandinista creates a complicated revenge plan that promises violence. But the community she finds in her shabby Kansas City work neighborhood might change Sandinista's terrible trajectory. The author of this atmospheric, emotionally complex young adult novel is a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Juvenile Fiction
- Subgenre: General, Social Issues / Death + Dying, Social Issues / Emotions + Feelings, Social Issues / New Experience
- Age: Teen
- Language: English
- Author: Mary O'Connell
- Online Item #: 13664562
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 247-06-5082
- ISBN: 9780385740487
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported