The Carnival at Bray

The Carnival at Bray

Book - 2014 | First edition
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It's 1993, and Generation X pulses to the beat of Kurt Cobain and the grunge movement. Sixteen-year-old Maggie Lynch is uprooted from big-city Chicago to a windswept town on the Irish Sea. Surviving on care packages of Spin magazine and Twizzlers from her rocker uncle Kevin, she wonders if she'll ever find her place in this new world. When first love and sudden death simultaneously strike, a naive but determined Maggie embarks on a forbidden pilgrimage that will take her to a seedy part of Dublin and on to a life-altering night in Rome to fulfill a dying wish. Through it all, Maggie discovers an untapped inner strength to do the most difficult but rewarding thing of all-- live.-- (Source of description not identified)
Publisher: [Ashford, Conn.] : Elephant Rock Books, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780989515597
Branch Call Number: YF FOLEY-J
Characteristics: 254 pages ; 21 cm


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Jan 16, 2020

Printz award, set in another country

ArapahoeSusanW Dec 01, 2017

A terrific teen read set in the 90's, the era of grunge and Kurt Cobain, Carnival at Bray follows 16 year old Maggie from Chicago to a seaside Irish town. Struggling to fit in, lonely for her rocker uncle Kevin, Maggie finds an unlikely friend and sounding board in octogenarian Dan Sean and love with townie, Eion. The author handles deep issues such as suicide and family upheaval with care and sensitivity.

ArapahoeTiegan Nov 01, 2017

Set in 1993-1994, this book follows Maggie, who is uprooted from her home in Chicago when her mother remarries and has everyone move to Ireland so her new husband can help with his family's business. Maggie has a close relationship with her uncle, who is ten years older than her. He guides her towards all the best books and music, even sending her tickets to see Nirvana in Rome. Maggie struggles to fit in, but starts to figure things out by discovering what she doesn't want to be and meeting the amazing boy who works at the Quayside. This was a pretty fun book, looking back at teenage life in the 90s, before technology essentially connected everyone. It was amazing to virtually live the after concert experience in Rome - as I was only 1-2 years old at this time I didn't even know who Nirvana was yet, so I really missed out on something great. It's also pretty cool to have the book set in Ireland and have a great character like Dan Sean who is 100 years old and is the bridge to old Ireland and where Ireland is now (in the 90s).


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