Sunday, April 12, 2009

Pretty Please

Hi folks, I could use some help. I'll even ask nicely: Please, would you be so kind as to rack your brain with me?

Can you think of any Young Adult or Middle Grade novels that take place in the Bay Area? I am thinking specifically East Bay (as in Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, San Leandro or the surrounding burbs), but San Francisco proper is fine too. 

Most California stories that I can think of take place in the great sunny Southern portion of the state, you know, in a split-level ranch home....


  1. what about rachel cohn's Gingerbread? that is a classic and totally captures the magic of the bay area. also, All Capone Does My Shirts is another one


  2. it's old, but Beverly Cleary's Sister of the Bride takes place there, I believe. Also Fifteen.

  3. Thank you both! I'm excited to start reading :)

  4. Cory Doctorow's *Little Brother* is set in San Fran. It's YA near future Spec-Fic, but it's good.

    And I can't remember, is Sherman Alexie's *Fly* set in the Bay Area or in Seattle. Someplace rainy.