Nora & Kettle

Nora & Kettle

by Lauren Nicolle Taylor


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Fans ofEleanor & ParkandThe Book Thiefwill love this startling and heart-warming take on Peter Pan.

What if Peter Pan was a homeless kid just trying to survive, and Wendy flew away for a really good reason?

Seventeen-year-old Kettle has had his share of adversity. As an orphaned Japanese American struggling to make a life in the aftermath of an event in history not often referred to—the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the removal of children from orphanages for having "one drop of Japanese blood in them"—things are finally looking up. He has his hideout in an abandoned subway tunnel, a job, and his gang of Lost Boys.

Desperate to run away, the world outside her oppressive brownstone calls to naïve, eighteen-year-old Nora—the privileged daughter of a controlling and violent civil rights lawyer who is building a compensation case for the interned Japanese Americans. But she is trapped, enduring abuse to protect her younger sister Frankie and wishing on the stars every night for things to change.

For months, they've lived side by side, their paths crossing yet never meeting. But when Nora is nearly killed and her sister taken away, their worlds collide as Kettle, grief stricken at the loss of a friend, angrily pulls Nora from her window.

In her honeyed eyes, Kettle sees sadness and suffering. In his, Nora sees the chance to take to the window and fly away.

Set in 1953, NORA AND KETTLE explores the collision of two teenagers facing extraordinary hardship. Their meeting is inevitable, devastating, and ultimately healing. Their stories, a collection of events, are each on their own harmless. But together, one after the other, they change the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634221351
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: 03/15/2016
Series: A Paper Stars Novel Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 485,090
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 10 - 18 Years

About the Author

Lauren Nicolle Taylor is the bestselling author of THE WOODLANDS SERIES and the award-winning YA novel NORA & KETTLE (Gold medal Winner for Multicultural fiction, Independent Publishers Book Awards 2017). NORA & KETTLE received a starred review from Booklist magazine. She has a Health Science degree and an honors degree in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a proud Hapa, living in the lush hamlet of the Adelaide hills with her husband and three children.

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Nora & Kettle 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nora & Kettle is a twisted tale of abuse and the fallout of Japanese American internment after the war. The two main characters are well developed and their intertwined stories are believable. I would love to see a follow up story for Kettle and Nora.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Writer keeps you interested and captivated until the last page, not knowing how this book will end. An enjoyable read.
bibblebooked More than 1 year ago
At first, this book piqued my interest because of its Peter Pan reference. On the surface, one would easily conclude that this book clearly doesn’t have close ties to that of the original Peter Pan story but not until you divulge on the story more and read between the storylines, and then you see it. It’s definitely there. Nora’s story is quite disturbing for me because I’m a Daddy’s girl and I can’t fathom the abuse she’s getting from her father, at all. How could be someone so cruel? Even though Nora has a stable life, it’s very evident from the beginning that this girl has a rickety emotional state. And then there’s Kettle, striving in a place that he felt he doesn’t belong to or let’s say in a society that doesn’t want him because of his parentage. It hurts to see how he wriggled his way to survive on the streets because he refused to resort to stealing and what-not. It was not quite until 60% of the book when their worlds collide but it was worth the wait and it felt just the right time for them to find each other. And that was when the story took on a whole new dimension. Each were different types of tragic lives influenced by different factors but together, they felt like the perfect missing pieces of each other’s puzzles, as cliché as that might sound. The book was beautifully written with metaphors of love and life and it’s inspiring to gain insights from two different lives which somehow seemed so similar. One thing that I noticed and laud, was how Taylor treated the repercussions and torment that Japanese Americans felt when they were being dealt with as an adversary in their own country. It is just something that needs to be told. I wished we’d gotten a better ending but it’s hoping and compelling that it made me crave for more. All in all, this book is bittersweet and I highly recommend this to anyone at any age.
Jazzie More than 1 year ago
**I gave Nora & Kettle 4.5 stars** Note: This review contains NO spoilers I am profoundly stunned at this amazing read. Lauren Nicolle Taylor wrote an intricately compelling and poignant story of two young people from different walks of life which were, nevertheless, intertwined with each other. During a difficult time in history, Nora & Kettle was a story with a Peter Pan and Wendy twist. Their story took me on an emotional journey through hardship and obstacles they go through. Lauren Nicolle Taylor wrote a realistic and emotional tale of survival, growing up, and friendship during a time of harsh realities and cruelty during the World War II era. She did not avoid the hard issues that these characters endured. Lauren ability to bring such realism to these characters and their world(s) made their story so touching and unforgettable. Nora & Kettle is an enduring and eloquent story of two young people surviving and enduring the hardships during that time period. A definite must-read!
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
Eighteen-year-old Nora has lived through a life of physical abuse at the hands of her father, a lawyer campaigning for the civil rights of Japanese Americans interred seven years earlier in World War II prison camps. Children who escaped from these camps or became orphans were dubbed the "Lost Children" by the press. Kettle is one of these children. Now seventeen, Kettle lives in the tunnels of the railway station with his "family" of homeless children, the Kings of the Subway. Refusing to resort to stealing, Kettle ekes out a meager living by working dangerous jobs on the docks to support his family. We follow both Nora and Kettle on their separate journeys. Their paths intersect on so many levels until they finally meet - right when they both need each other most. This is a heartbreaking account of a young man's struggle to survive on the streets and of a young woman's physical abuse at the hands of her own father. This is a story that moved me the tears. It is an emotional journey for both the characters and the reader. The author imbues the story with a fable-like quality through her beautiful, lyrical, and poetic prose, full of rich metaphors and similes. We see shades of Peter Pan through the recurring theme of flying, and the more you look, the more references you will find; this added layer of nuance provides the reader some relief from the stark realities of the characters' lives. I love the cover, the significance of which will be revealed as you read. Thankfully, this story is ultimately uplifting. I love how Nora ends up defeating her father in a totally unexpected, yet satisfying, way. Best read of the year so far. Warnings: domestic violence, violence, animal cruelty, mild swearing, minor sexual references. Full blog post:
Shannon_Miz More than 1 year ago
Nora & Kettle is set in 1953, and things aren't going great for either of them. For Kettle, things look as bad as they are, because he is a homeless Japanese-American orphan, who has been making it on his own in a tunnel with a bunch of other kids in his situation. He has a job that he to, quite literally, fight for every day. It isn't easy, but he's getting by. Nora's life, on the outside, looks lovely. Well-to-do family, nice home, father with a successful law career. Only looks can be deceiving. Nora's father is the actual worst, and is incredibly abusive, physically and emotionally. Let's start with Nora. Nora may not be likeable in the usual sense, because of course she isn't going to be pleasant- her life is hell. She would have run away, but the only thing in life that matters to her is her little sister Frankie. And their love... oh, I can't even type about it without tearing up. Nora will put up with anything, just to keep her sister safe. And her father has definitely resolved to break her. "As pink water runs down the drain, I think of his words. 'You're of no value to me'. He may think he has me pinned. That he has clipped my wings and broken my spirit, but he's wrong. My value is in my love for my sister. My value is growing with every day I live." That is why Nora is so damn incredible. She is brave when there is basically no hope. She dares to hope for better, for her and for Frankie. As for Kettle, he is every bit as brave. He cares so deeply for the kids in his care. He's basically taken on the role of guardian, even while he himself should still be able to be a kid. He's realistic, but positive. He's incredibly loyal, and he works so hard every minute of every day. And it broke my heart that he ever had to do this. It made me so mad that people are so willing to hate. It happened then, it happened before then, it happens now, and sadly, I feel like it will always happen, to someone. In this case, Kettle did nothing wrong, except happen to be of Japanese ancestry. Even people who were seemingly sympathetic to his plight didn't fully understand why this blatant racism was so fundamentally wrong. "The guard gives us a sympathetic look when we reach him. 'Look, boys, I'm sorry that happened but you know, with the way you look, particularly, this one,' he points at Kin, 'well, you can understand why they'd want to punch you.'" Um, really, really not. But that is the world that Kettle and Kin are living in, and Kettle just rises above time and time again. That isn't to say he accepts it, but he lives his best in spite of it. Their stores will break your heart, but their character will fill it back up. They seem almost fated to meet, after several near-misses, and when they finally do, it's startling how two people from such seemingly different backgrounds can have so very much in common. I don't want to tell you much more about the plot, because you just need to experience this one. Bottom Line: Nora & Kettle was gorgeous, from start to finish. It's incredibly raw and emotional while still being hopeful. Both Nora and Kettle are easy to fall in love with, and to root for, and they have captured my heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good butv didnt lime tbe ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Be quiet he an hear you beath..