What we at Ooligan Press love most about Young Adult (YA) literature is its appeal to readers of all ages. We are always thrilled to receive engaging stories revolving around themes to which young and old alike can relate: the turbulence of coming of age, the flux of a world coming unexpectedly into focus, the delight of discovery, and the dismay of loss. We take special pride in publishing YA stories designed, not merely to distract young readers from their own troubles, but rather to encourage, reassure, and help them to develop an understanding of themselves and their world.
“I killed him.” After the devastating loss of her father on a canoe trip meant to bring them closer together, fifteen-year-old Emma Wilson finds herself alone on the river. As she treks out from their remote campsite, she faces wild rapids and a numbing sense of guilt. Back home, Emma confronts the complexity of grief . . . Read more »
For the first time, I felt something different from the fear of high school shame. He wanted me dead. “One of these nights,” Pip said slowly, “you’re going to go out to your car, and I’m going to be there, and nobody in this whole state is going care.” Triinu Hoffman has to face cruelties . . . Read more »
Hope Friis leads a normal life for any teenager living in Berkeley, California in the 1960s: she hangs out with friends, spends time with her family, and dreams of winning a singing competition and college scholarship despite her pronounced stutter. It seems like she has everything under control, until she takes part in the Free . . . Read more »
The women’s suffrage movement is in full swing in 1912 Portland, Oregon—the last holdout state on the West Coast. Miriam desperately wants to work at her father’s printing shop, but when he refuses she decides to dedicate herself to the suffrage movement, demanding rights for women and a different life for herself. Amidst the uncertainty . . . Read more »
Ricochet River is set in a fictional Oregon town in the late 1960s. This completely revised edition is a superlative coming-of-age story about teenagers preparing to break out of their small-town lives: Wade, the local sports hero; his friend Jesse—the Indian kid and mythical athlete who applies his own rules to sports and life; and Wade’s . . . Read more »
Seventeen-year-old Lovisa King comes of age on the Oregon Trail as her family travels from Missouri to the Oregon Territory. Based on the history of a company of real pioneers, A Heart for Any Fate: Westward to Oregon, 1845 tells the story of the King family, whose careful plans are challenged by the harsh, unforeseen realities of . . . Read more »