Purple Daze is a young adult novel set in suburban Los Angeles in 1965. Six high school students share their experiences and feelings in interconnected free verse and traditional poems about war, feminism, riots, love, racism, rock 'n' roll, high school, and friendship.

Although there have been verse novels published recently, none explore the changing and volatile 1960's in America-- a time when young people drove a cultural and political revolution. With themes like the costs and casualties of war, the consequences of sex, and the complex relationships between teens, their peers, and their parents, this story is still as relevant today as it was 45 years ago.

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Praise for this book

"I stayed up half the night reading Purple Daze and didn't want it to end. Ziggy, Mickey, Cheryl, and Phil have found a permanent home in my heart." - Valerie Hobbs

"A raw and stunning portrait of the 60's. For those who lived them, Purple Daze will bring your past to life. For those who didn't, this story will make you feel as though you did." - Catherine Ryan Hyde

"Sherry Shahan took me right back to the 60's with this deftly-written, politically charged novel-in-verse. Be warned -- Purple Daze will put a spell on you, too!" - Ron Koertge

"Compelling authenticity and emotional force." - Wendelin Van Draanen

"Shahan's PURPLE DAZE puts us on the front lines of funky times, from Los Angeles to Da-Nang. A far out, implosive, psychedelic trip that ends in indictment. This is spectacular." - Rita Williams-Garcia

"Purple Daze is an explosion: a moment in time smashed into a thousand glinty, sharp-edged pieces, precise and dazzling." - Tim Wynne-Jones


Used availability for Sherry Shahan's Purple Daze

Hardback Editions

March 2011 : USA Hardback
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Title: Purple Daze
Author(s): Sherry Shahan
ISBN: 0-7624-4071-6 / 978-0-7624-4071-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Running Press
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Paperback Editions

July 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Purple Daze
Author(s): Sherry Shahan
ISBN: 0-7624-4609-9 / 978-0-7624-4609-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Running Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA