This year, a committee of Library staff and community residents decided on the theme of identity as the means of selecting the book. All of the books explore the nature of identity along with other topics. I’ll Give You the Sun is an award-winning book about first love, family, loss and betrayal that invites contemplation about the identity of artists.
“I’ll Give You the Sun,” is told from the alternating perspectives of teenage fraternal twins, a boy and girl named Noah and Jude, each of them narrating from a different side of the accident that forever changed their lives. “I’ll Give You the Sun” is a true coming-of-age tale: It shows its protagonists moving from a black-and-white version of the world to one of infinite, sometimes uncomfortable, variegations.
Jandy Nelson (born 1965) is an American author of young adult fiction. Prior to her career as an author, Nelson worked for 13 years as a literary agent. She holds a BA from Cornell University as well as MFAs in poetry and children's writing from Brown University and Vermont College of Fine Arts. Nelson lives in San Francisco, California. Author Website
Portrait of an Author: School Library Journal Chats with Jandy Nelson About ‘I’ll Give You the Sun’ By Shelley Diaz on August 27, 2014
’ll Give You the Sun (Dial, 2014), is making waves in young adult literature world. Her portrayal of artist fraternal twins Jude and Noah is told not only in alternating narratives but also in alternating time lines. SLJ caught up with the author to talk about her unique writing process for this book and the love of magical realism.