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WestportREADS 2017: I'll Give You the Sun

Information and Events planned around the 2017 WestportREADS selections

WestportReads 2017:  I'll Give You the Sun

(Young Adult Companion Book)

WestportREADS Discussion Events and Guide

Join a Book Discussion about I'll Give You the Sun:

  • Sunday, January 22, 2017, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, at Barnes and Noble: More Information 
  • Thursday, January 26, 2017, 7:00 - 8:00 pm, in the Seminar Room:  More Information

Discover the WestportREADS Theme : It's "IdentIty"

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. 

Learn about Awards Won by "I'll Give You the Sun"

  • A 2015 Stonewall Honor Book
  • New York Times Notable Book of the Year
  • An NPR Great Reads of the Year
  • Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year

Read a Short Summary of "I'll Give You the Sun"

Check out the Movie Trailer

Read the NY Times Sunday Book Review

‘I’ll Give You the Sun,’ by Jandy Nelson
New York Times Sunday Book Review Children's Books November 6, 2014

“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.

Learn More About the Author

​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

Read an Interview with Jandy Nelson

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.

Watch a Video Book Review by Teen Reviewer: Kassidy Voinche