Every adolescent faces a decision that will set in motion a change that is unnamable and unknowable until it occurs. When it does, the entire world is transformed and suddenly the dreaded, fascinating door of adulthood cracks open. Jo Ann Beard captures this moment perfectly with her quirky, unnamed fourteen-year-old protagonist (but it’s hinted that her name is also Jo Ann) in her novel In Zanesville (Back Bay, $14.99). Set in smalltown Indiana, Beard’s narrative uses gentle humor to depict the deep friendship between two girls and the simple event that causes their world to spin on its axis—to their utter befuddlement. Not just another coming-of-age novel, In Zanesville is a wonderful read that is both lighthearted and important.

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ISBN: 9780316084475
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 25th, 2011

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ISBN: 9780316125277
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 3rd, 2012

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