Out of The Easy - Ruta Sepetys

Josie Moraine, the charismatic star of Ruta Sepetys’s excellent historical novel, is sure to take a place on your bookshelf alongside heroines like Jo March. Born to a prostitute and raised by a madam in the teeming, gritty French Quarter of 1950s New Orleans, Josie escapes the brothel by working in a bookstore. But entanglement in a crime ring threatens to derail Josie’s secret scheme of getting into college and Out of the Easy (Philomel, $17.99). With keen period detail and vivid, slangy language, Sepetys evokes postwar New Orleans in all its seedy splendor. But it’s the coming-of-age story, narrated in Josie’s singular voice, that’s the main attraction.  Ages 15-18. EMS