Tim Wynne-Jones, author of The Uninvited
“Purple Daze is an explosion: a moment in time smashed into a thousand glinty, sharp-edged pieces, precise and dazzling.”
Valerie Hobbs, author of Sheep, California Young Reader Medal
"I stayed up half the night reading Purple Daze and didn’t want it to end. Ziggy, Mickey, Cheryl, and Phil have found a permanent home in my heart."
Ron Koertge, award-winning author of Strays
"Sherry Shahan took me right back to the 60's with this deftly-written, politically charged novel-in-verse. Be warned -- "Purple Daze" will put a spell on you, too!"
Rita Williams-Garcia, author of “One Crazy Summer,” National Book Award Finalist, Newbery Honor, Scott O'Dell Historical Award, Coretta Scott King Author
"Shahan's PURPLE DAZE puts us on the front lines of funky times, from Los Angeles to Da-Nang. A far out, implosive, psychedelic trip that ends in indictment. This is spectacular."
Book End Babes.com 1/18/11
"Sometimes a book can surprise you. Sometimes you open a book and don’t know what to make of it. Sometimes you stay up until midnight reading a book and then stay up until three, reading it again. Sometimes all three are true, and (for me) that was the case with YA novel PURPLE DAZE by Sherry Shahan"
School Library Journal
"Infidelity, abortion, friendship, grief, personal growth, and forgiveness are just some of the issues involved... Reluctant readers may be the best audience to enjoy this fast ride through the period."
Bethesda Library Teen Galley Reader
“It seems nothing’s changed from the ‘60’s and present day. Purple Daze touches on all the issues that still are alive today, and show how badly people were affected by them. Filled with teen angst, heart break, love, racism, and much more, Purple Daze is a must read.”
Couldn't put the book down, read it all night. Wow.... Sherry and I grew up across the street from each other. Read morePublished 2 months ago by NurseTerriLynn
I picked this one up because I enjoy contemporary historical fiction and have liked most of the novels in verse I've read so far. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Anyechka
I love the way the poems and selections in the book weave their way about, until a story of lives and conflicts in the sixties emerges. Read morePublished on July 13, 2012 by J. C. Miller
In 1965 the U.S. was committing more troops to Vietnam, Malcolm X was assassinated, civil rights demonstrators marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and riots broke out in Los... Read morePublished on January 3, 2012 by Cynthia Hudson
So if you're a regular reader of my blog you know that I'm not the world's biggest historical fiction fan. Read morePublished on December 23, 2011 by E. Kristin Anderson
Purple Daze was a unique and interesting novel written in a mix of verse and prose. This opened my eyes to the lives of teenagers growing up in the 1960's. Read morePublished on July 10, 2011 by The Book Scout
I finished "Purple Daze" last night and was quite sad when I turned the last page, I wanted more! As a student at Cal Berkeley in 1970 I got a full flavor of the conflicting... Read morePublished on June 15, 2011 by lobengula
Take me back in time baby and give me the ride of my life! This book is super easy, super fast to read. It is told from six different point of views. Read morePublished on June 6, 2011 by Savannah (Books With Bite)