jellicoe school

Favorite YA Books with Lady Leads

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Taylor is leader of the boarders at the Jellicoe School. She has to keep the upper hand in the territory wars and deal with Jonah Griggs - the enigmatic leader of the cadets, and someone she thought she would never see again.

And now Hannah, the person Taylor had come to rely on, has disappeared. Taylor’s only clue is a manuscript about five kids who lived in Jellicoe eighteen years ago. She needs to find out more, but this means confronting her own story, making sense of her strange, recurring dream, and finding her mother - who abandoned her on the Jellicoe Road.

“It’s funny how you can forget everything except people loving you. Maybe that’s why humans find it so hard getting over love affairs. It’s not the pain they’re getting over, it’s the love.”

lilgreyeyes  asked:

Hello! I'm doing a paper in my YAL class that discusses the verisimilitude of period pieces/narratives that are framed by letters found by someone in the present/future. Can you recommend any books that use this trope (ie letters narrating events in the past that would be read by the main character)? This would be a big help to me in my work. Thanks so very much.

Your paper sounds really interesting!

I recommend checking out Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, (On the) Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, and Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour. Here’s the books’ descriptions:

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly - Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

(On the) Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta -  Taylor is leader of the boarders at the Jellicoe School. She has to keep the upper hand in the territory wars and deal with Jonah Griggs - the enigmatic leader of the cadets, and someone she thought she would never see again. And now Hannah, the person Taylor had come to rely on, has disappeared. Taylor’s only clue is a manuscript about five kids who lived in Jellicoe eighteen years ago.

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour -  Just out of high school, Emi Price is a talented young set designer already beginning to thrive in the L.A. film scene. But her artistic eye has failed her in one key area: helping her to design a love life that’s more than make-believe. Then she finds a mysterious letter at an estate sale, and it sends her chasing down the loose ends of a movie icon’s hidden life. And along the way, she finds Ava, and at long last, Emi’s own hidden life begins to bloom.

Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein also comes to mind but it’s not exactly what you’re looking for. The entire novel is written as a series of letters, homework pieces, stories, flight logs and diary entries compiled by the main character, to be read by a supporting character. It’s set in 1935/6 but the story begins with entries from when the two main characters were young children.

I hope you find these recommendations useful. Good luck with your paper! :)