Thursday, June 17, 2010

Books about PKs

About a month ago I came home from the library and realized that, without looking to do so, I'd come home with three books featuring PKs (Pastor's or Preacher's Kids), Saving Maddie, Once Was Lost, and The Dark Divine. Since then I've been on the lookout for YA books (and middle grade but I can't find any!) about PKs. I'm trying to come up with enough to make July PK month here at lucy was robbed, in honor of my mom, who is a PK and will be celebrating her (number removed to protect the innocent) birthday.

I'm still a few books short of a whole months worth of reviews. Here's my list so far:
Saving Maddie by Varian Johnson
Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
Zora and Nicky by Claudia Mair Burney (not all that YA, but I think it'll work)
Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson
Nothing Pink by Mark Hardy
The Less-Dead by April Lurie (if I make it to the top of the hold list at the library in time, also about the kid of a religious radio personality rather than a pastor)

I'm thinking of adding The God Box (Sanchez) and Empress of the World (Ryan) to round out the month, but they're about queer teens and Christianity, not the PK experience. If you have any titles that might work, please let me know! So far, the only way I've found to search is to use the subject term "Children of clergy," which brings up most, but not all, of these and a bunch of Mormon historical fiction. I'm looking to stay in the present as much as possible.

Thanks in advance!


Charlotte said...

Isn't the dad in Because of Winn Dixie a pastor?

And there's A Vicarage Childhood, and also The Bell Family and New Shoes, by Noel Streatfeild

I'll let you know if I think of others!

MissAttitude said...

I think there's a series of books by Jacquelin Thomas where the main character is forced to go live with her cousin whose father is a preacher. It's called Simply Divine or something like that.

I've read a few books where the father is a preacher and now I can't think of them.

In Gringolandia, it's told in alternating POVs and the girl who tells half of the story is a PK.

Lawral the Librarian said...

You two are awesome! I knew you'd come up with good ones that I've missed!