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Sepetys, Ruta.
New York : Philomel Books, 2013

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Josie has grown up with a prostitute as a mother, but she’s always longed for more than the life she’s been dealt. Growing up in 1950s New Orleans, Josie has seen more than most seventeen-year-olds.  Most of her life has been spent in and around the women of Willie’s brothel, so she understands how limited the options for women are. But she also knows about finding strength in the strangest of places and that if you have hope, almost anything is possible. Josie has always dreamed of leaving New Orleans’s behind. Despite the circumstances with her mom, she has taken what control she can of her life.  She’s smart, well-read, and knows how to protect herself. She’s been slowly saving up money so that someday she’ll be able to leave New Orleans. One day a stranger visiting from Memphis talks with Josie, and the kind and respectful way he treats Josie ignites her imagination. But then, the man dies mysteriously while in New Orleans, which leads Josie to ask questions about his death as well as his life before. Read Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys to meet the wonderful collection of characters in Josie’s life and to follow Josie on her journey to figure out what direction her life will take.   (South Carolina Young Adult Book Award, 2015,  Prepared by: Susan Aplin, Dutch Fork High School,

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