The Carnival at Bray


Printz  Honor Book

William C. Morris Award Finalist

Kirkus Best Book of 2014

YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults 2015 title

2016 Illinois Reads Book Selection grades 9-12

TAYSHAS High School Reading List Selection 2016

Winner of the Helen Sheehan Award for YA Fiction

Favorite Book of 2014, New York Public Library

Favorite Book of 2014, Chicago Reader

Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award Finalist 2016-2017

Chicago Writer’s Association Book of the Year finalist


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.