Each year, our staff has read their agreed upon favorites ranging from picture books to novels, fiction and non fiction-- and come up with a title that stands out as the one we can't stop talking about.

Out of the Easy ~ Spring 2013

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ISBN: 9780399256929
Published: Philomel Books - February 12th, 2013

It's 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street.

Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.

Why we love it~ Josie walked into our hearts and we just couldn't stop rooting for her. The rather unique setting and the colorful characters that inhabit the story along with Josie had us glued to our seats and turning pages non-stop.

Due to some mature subject matter we recommend
Out of the Easy for readers 14 & up.

Visit Ruta Sepetys' website here for a look at how the book came to be.