By: Kim Zarins
Location: FIC ZAR
Genre: Contemporary, retelling, LGBGT
“We all have the time we need to tell our stories.”
In her debut novel, Kim Zarins breathes new life into Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales
in a fresh and contemporary retelling that explores the dark realities
of high school, and the ordinary moments that bring us all together.
A group of teens on a bus ride to Washington, DC, each tell a
story—some fantastical, some realistic, some downright scandalous—in
pursuit of the ultimate prize: a perfect score.
Jeff boards the bus for the Civics class trip to Washington, DC, with a few things on his mind:
-Six hours trapped with his classmates sounds like a disaster waiting to happen.
-He somehow ended up sitting next to his ex-best friend, who he hasn’t spoken to in years.
-He still feels guilty for the major part he played in pranking his teacher, and the trip’s chaperone, Mr. Bailey.
-And his best friend Cannon, never one to be trusted and banned from the trip, has something “big” planned for DC.
Mr. Bailey has an idea to keep everyone in line: each person on the bus
is going to have the chance to tell a story. It can be fact or fiction,
realistic or fantastical, dark or funny or sad. It doesn’t matter. Each
person gets a story, and whoever tells the best one will get an
automatic A in the class.
But in the middle of all the
storytelling, with secrets and confessions coming out, Jeff only has one
thing on his mind—can he live up to the super successful story
published in the school newspaper weeks ago that convinced everyone that
he was someone smart, someone special, and someone with something to