Perfect Get Away – Escapist Fiction for Spring Break
Today I got an email advertising a sale on swimsuits and flip-flops. At first I thought, “What madness is this? It’s still winter!” A look at the calendar made me realize that spring break is nearly here. Many teens will head for pools and beaches, as Sharon Rawlins suggests in a previous post on The Hub.
To me spring break is about more than a tan and sunscreen; spring break is for getting out of dodge. Maybe you won’t even stay that long, but you want to get away, far, far away. “Hit the Road with a Road Trip Book” would be a great list if you just want to get in the car and drive. But what if you want to really get away, like out of the country? Here is a list for you. Now would be a good time to scroll your iPod to “Ruby Soho” by Rancid: “Destination unknown Ruby Ruby Ruby Ruby SoHo.”
Leave Home. It’s a Cemetery.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman: Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy — an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack, who has already killed Bod’s family.
Hide at a New School
How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller: A teenage pickpocket, haunted by the ghost of his brother who was killed by their father, is recruited for Mandel Academy, a school for criminals where only one student survives each semester.
Escape the State
Chasing the Skip by Janci Patterson: When fifteen-year-old Ricki’s mother finally leaves for good, Ricki’s absentee father steps in, taking Ricki with him as he chases bail “skips” across the country. Their fledgling relationship is tested as they pursue attractive, manipulative, seventeen-year-old Ian Burnham.
A New Country
Teenie by Christopher Grant: High school freshman Martine, longing to escape Brooklyn and her strict parents, is trying to get into a study-abroad program. But when her long-time crush begins to pay attention to her and her best friend starts an online relationship, Teenie’s mind is on anything but her grades.
Hide from the Future
Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum: Twenty years after war-fighting robots abandoned the battlefields and turned their weapons against humans, siblings Nick, Kevin, and Cass must risk everything when the wilderness community where they have spent their lives in hiding is discovered by the bots.
Make a New Home
The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd: Dr. Moreau’s daughter Juliet travels to her estranged father’s island, only to encounter murder, medical horrors, and a love triangle.
Forget Everything You Know
Abarat by Clive Barker: Candy Quackenbush is growing up in Chickentown, Minnesota, yearning for more — which she finds, quite unexpectedly, when a man with eight heads appears from nowhere in the middle of the prairie, being chased by something really monstrous. And so begins Candy’s epic adventure to the islands of the Abarat.
I’m probably not going to get much further than my own front door this spring. I’ll have to be content with stockpiling a week’s worth of books. Fortunately, I have a lot of mood music in my head to hum. For every book, a song — a song that becomes a soundtrack to a movie that I will escape into, and I’ll be gone. A reality runaway, this spring break.
Just for irony’s sake, I spent most of my time working on this blog singing “Take a Walk” by the band Passion Pit.
— Laura C. Perenic, currently reading The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (2010 Best Books for Young Adults)