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Radio Silence



by
Alice Oseman

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
HarperTeen
ISBN
9780062335715

Awards and Honors
YALSA 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults
Rainbow List Choice - 2018
Spring 2017 Kids’ Indies Next List, For Teens
Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2017, Teen Fiction
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Language: Strong Language, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Violence: Mild Violence
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In a world determined to shut them up, knock them down, and set them on a cookie cutter life path, Frances and Aled struggle to find their voices over the course of one life-changing year. Excerpt from author's debut novel, Solitaire.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Violence: Mild Violence

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

496

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

5: points 12

Lexile

HL760L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

19

JLG Release

Jun 2017

Book Genres


Topics

Podcasts. Fandom. Friendship. Homosexuality.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

British teen Frances Janvier is a study machine, focused on doing whatever it takes to get into Cambridge. Her public persona is academic nerd, but in private, she is a rebel. Frances is a fan of offbeat podcasts, and her favorite by far is Universe City, whose agender main character (who is also the show’s creator) goes by the name of Radio Silence. Frances has joined a fandom Tumblr account, using the moniker Toulouse, and occasionally posts sketches that reflect how she thinks the characters and settings might look. When she receives a message from the creator asking if she is willing to provide graphics for the show, she can’t believe it. Frances is even more dumbfounded when she discovers that the mysterious Radio Silence is, in reality, Aled Last, who lives directly across the street from her. Likewise, Aled can’t believe that his graphic artist, Toulouse, is Frances. They become fast friends and spend the majority of the summer working together on the podcast. But as the start of Frances’s senior year in high school and Aled’s first year at university approach, a revelation changes their close relationship. With their friendship in ruins and Aled miles away and spiraling into a dangerous depression, Frances must face long-buried fears and desires to find a way to save him. Oseman is a master at combining sardonic wit with angst to create believable characters and a compelling contemporary story that will resonate with teens. VERDICT A top pick for any YA collection.—Cary Frostick, formerly at Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church, VA

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

British teen Frances Janvier is a study machine, focused on doing whatever it takes to get into Cambridge. Her public persona is academic nerd, but in private, she is a rebel. Frances is a fan of offbeat podcasts, and her favorite by far is Universe City, whose agender main character (who is also the show’s creator) goes by the name of Radio Silence. Frances has joined a fandom Tumblr account, using the moniker Toulouse, and occasionally posts sketches that reflect how she thinks the characters and settings might look. When she receives a message from the creator asking if she is willing to provide graphics for the show, she can’t believe it. Frances is even more dumbfounded when she discovers that the mysterious Radio Silence is, in reality, Aled Last, who lives directly across the street from her. Likewise, Aled can’t believe that his graphic artist, Toulouse, is Frances. They become fast friends and spend the majority of the summer working together on the podcast. But as the start of Frances’s senior year in high school and Aled’s first year at university approach, a revelation changes their close relationship. With their friendship in ruins and Aled miles away and spiraling into a dangerous depression, Frances must face long-buried fears and desires to find a way to save him. Oseman is a master at combining sardonic wit with angst to create believable characters and a compelling contemporary story that will resonate with teens. VERDICT A top pick for any YA collection.—Cary Frostick, formerly at Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church, VA

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