An endorsement from Steph Su, one of my favourite YA book bloggers: “WHAT COMES AFTER is a powerful and heartwrenching YA contemporary read. Watkins slips effortlessly into Iris’ voice and gives us a gorgeously told story about both the extreme cruelty and the endurance of human nature.”
Kirkus Reviews, famously hard to please, had this to say: “Watkins displays his expertise as he creates a heroine who is broken and yet refuses to stay down. Secondary characters are equally well-developed and engaging. Beautifully written, this story is an unflinching look at the cruelty of life as well as the resilience of the human spirit.”
Summary from the publisher: “After her veterinarian dad dies, sixteen-year-old Iris Wight must leave her beloved Maine to live on a North Carolina farm with her hardbitten aunt and a cousin she barely knows. Iris, a vegetarian and animal lover, immediately clashes with Aunt Sue, who mistreats the livestock, spends Iris’s small inheritance, and thinks nothing of striking Iris for the smallest offense. Things come to a head when Iris sets two young goats free to save them from slaughter, and an enraged Aunt Sue orders her brutish son, Book, to beat Iris senseless – a horrific act that lands Book and his mother in jail. Sent to live with an offbeat foster family and their “dooking” ferrets, Iris must find a way to take care of the animals back at the farm, even if it means confronting Aunt Sue. Powerful and deeply moving, this compelling novel affirms the redemptive power of animals and the resilience of the human spirit.”
As before, the following must be true for you to be eligible for this draw:
- You must be between the ages of 12 and 19.
- You must have a valid Wellington County Library card, or if you are under 16, you or your parent or guardian must have a valid WCL card.
- You must leave a comment on this entry and answer the following question: What comes after summer for you? What are you most looking forward to when the summer holidays are over?
Good luck! This contest will close August 31, so get your answers in before then!
Congratulations to Brittany T who is the winner of this book!