Neighborhood Girls by Prize Winning Jessie Ann Foley

From the Printz Honor Winning-author of Carnival at Bray…


Advance Praise for NEIGHBORHOOD GIRLS: “Foley’s anticipated second book takes on Chicago police brutality with a tough, sensitive, and modern sensibility…Where Carnival [at Bray] was steeped in nineties nostalgia and the magic of Europe, this is a heartbreakingly modern representation of a city at the heart of America, propelled by Wendy’s singular, matter-of-fact voice.” — ALA Booklist STARRED review

“A riveting tale about a troubled teen finding her way through the wilds of high school life.” — Kirkus Reviews

From Printz Honor winner and William Morris Debut Author Award finalist Jessie Ann Foley comes a novel tinged with magical realism about the daughter of a fallen cop who encounters betrayals, broken friendships, and new-found faith.

Jessie’s first book, The Carnival at Bray, took the YA lit world by storm and surprise with its gritty realism in telling the story of a teen girl coming of age in 90s Ireland, winning a Printz Honor as a sleeper hit out of Elephant Rock Productions. NEIGHBORHOOD GIRLS, Jessie’s second novel, takes that same raw honesty and nuance to the blue-collar neighborhoods of contemporary Chicago. It centers around Wendy Boychuck, whose world collapses in on her when her father, a famously tough-on-crime cop and Wendy’s hero, gets thrown in jail for using cruel and unusual practices on his suspects – a monstrous side of him his family had no idea existed. Not only is the Boychuck name not safe on the streets of Chicago anymore, but Wendy’s Catholic high school – the one every woman in her family has attended for
generations – is being forced to shut down just in time for her senior year due to a swiftly shrinking student body.

This is the world of NEIGHBORHOOD GIRLS – a world that is changing quickly for the members of white middle class communities with blue-collar roots and where it’s safer to align yourself with the mean girls in the neighborhood than to take a risk on striving for a better life.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jessie Ann Foley is a high school English teacher who writes fiction for young adults. Her debut novel, THE CARNIVAL AT BRAY, was a Printz Honor Winner, a William C. Morris Debut Award finalist, a YALSA Top Ten Fiction for Young Adults title, and KIRKUS REVIEWS Best Teen Book.

NEIGHBORHOOD GIRLS is her second novel. To learn more about Jessie, visit her online at
HarperTeen / $17.99 / 9780062571854
Ages 14 and UP


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