Jessica Anya Blau

Jessica Anya Blau is the author of the novels The Wonder Bread Summer, Drinking Closer to Home, and The Summer of Naked Swim Parties. The Wonder Bread Summer was featured on NPR's All Things Considered as a Thrilling Summer Read, and was selected as a Thrilling Beach Read by Drinking Closer to Home was selected as a featured title in Target stores Breakout Author series, while The Summer of Naked Swim Parties was chosen as a Top Ten Summer Read by the Today Show, the New York Post and New York Magazine. The San Francisco Chronicle and the Rocky Mountain News chose The Summer of Naked Swim Parties as a Best Book of the Year. She lives in Baltimore, MD. 

Books and Lesson Plans

  • The Summer of Naked Swim Parties

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    Fourteen-year-old Jamie will never forget the summer of 1976. It's the summer when she has her first boyfriend, cute surfer Flip Jenkins; it's the summer when her two best friends get serious about love, cigarettes, and tanning; it's the summer when her parents throw, yes, naked swim parties, leaving Jamie flushed with embarrassment. And it's the summer that forever changes the way Jamie sees the things that matter: family, friendship, love, and herself.

    Appropriate for grades 9 and up.

    Course lesson plans for The Summer of Naked Swim Parties are currently in development.

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