Trowbridge Road

Longlist, National Book Awards 2020 for Young People's Literature

ISBN 9781536207507
Candlewick Press
Marcella Pixley

Marcella Pixley teaches eighth grade language arts in Carlisle, Massachusetts. Her poetry has been published in literary journals such as Prairie Schooner, Feminist Studies, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, and Poet Lore, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for poetry. More about this author >

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It’s the summer of ’83 on Trowbridge Road, and June Bug Jordan is hungry. Months after her father’s death from complications from AIDS, her mother has stopped cooking and refuses to leave the house, instead locking herself away to scour at the germs she believes are everywhere. June Bug threatens this precarious existence by going out into the neighborhood, gradually befriending Ziggy, an imaginative boy who is living with his Nana Jean after experiencing troubles of his own. But as June Bug’s connection to the world grows stronger, her mother’s grows more distant — even dangerous — pushing June Bug to choose between truth and healing and the only home she has ever known.